UAE: Abu Dhabi Economy

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How have industrial development and economic diversity policies progressed in Al Dhafra?


The region of Al Dhafra encompasses approximately 35,250 sq km and accounts for 60% of the total landmass of the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The region is bound by a 350-km northern coastline and lies between Saudi Arabia to the west and south, Al Ain to the east and the Abu Dhabi region in the north-east. Al Dhafra is mostly desert and lies on the...


How do you envision the development of space technology impacting the wider economy?


Just 10 years after announcing plans to build a world-leading aerospace industry, the government of Abu Dhabi has made major strides in expanding and developing the emirate’s portfolio of original equipment manufacturing (OEM) activities, most notably through Strata Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Company.


The security, aerospace and defence sectors have risen to become an important component of Abu Dhabi’s economic diversification strategy, with activities gaining momentum in recent years. In the aerospace segment, 2016 saw major contracts for new original equipment manufacturing (OEM) and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) projects signed...


Since launching its first government-owned satellite in 2009, the UAE has seen a number of projects and businesses launch within its burgeoning space industry. Guided by the UAE Space Agency (UAESA), the sector’s agenda now includes an unmanned mission to Mars, scheduled to launch in 2020, as well as a host of training and research programmes...

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