UAE: Abu Dhabi Articles & Analysis

While reduced oil prices are undoubtedly a concern for the emirate’s authorities, economic diversification efforts of recent years mean Abu Dhabi is well placed to weather a prolonged period of subdued prices. Vision 2030 meanwhile contains a raft of goals that will further reduce the emirate’s reliance on hydrocarbons, and continue to foster the emergence of a more sustainable and knowledge-based economy in the years ahead.

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Higher energy returns are expected to have led Abu Dhabi’s return to growth in 2018, with expectations of further expansion in 2019 as the government rolls out an extensive stimulus programme

How is Abu Dhabi Airports aligning its growth strategy to support Abu Dhabi’s broader economy, and what role does its existing network play on this front?

The expansion of Khalifa Port’s container handling capacity should bolster Abu Dhabi’s position as a trans-shipment hub for regional and global markets, with the emirate nearing completion on, or finalising plans for, new container terminals and in-country transport links.

How have local companies adjusted their business strategies to weather the ongoing economic climate?

Abu Dhabi has moved ahead with plans to bolster the emirate’s non-oil economy following the launch of a Dh50bn ($13.6bn) programme aimed at fast-tracking economic growth and social development.

New policies encouraging the use of generic drugs are set to reduce the cost of health care in Abu Dhabi, which is likely to attract more investment to the pharmaceuticals manufacturing industry.