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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.

The top economic and business highlights from Abu Dhabi in the third and fourth quarters of 2016.

Buoyed by ongoing diversification efforts, a recently released five-year plan for 2016-20 and large-scale restructuring of state-owned entities, Abu Dhabi has weathered economic headwinds and fared better than many of its peers, while also facing a second consecutive year of lower hydrocarbons income.

Continued investment, particularly in retail and real estate, aims to drive footfall through a variety of new developments on Abu Dhabi’s Al Maryah Island.

Articles & Analysis | Page 33 from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2016


Having put revenues from hydrocarbons towards the diversification of its economy, the emirate is in a good position to weather the storms of tumbling oil prices. As part of its Economic Vision 2030, sectors such as tourism, manufacturing, logistics, health, education, financial services, aerospace and telecoms have been highlighted as the...