UAE: Abu Dhabi Industry Articles & Analysis

Chapter | Utilities from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2019

With strong private sector and foreign investor engagement, the utilities sector in Abu Dhabi is one of the most enduringly attractive to a wide range of businesses. Despite the economic slowdown of recent years, vital big-ticket projects in areas including nuclear energy, solar energy and desalination are continuing to progress at pace. The power and water sector is overseen by several bodies...

Abu Dhabi is the largest of the seven emirates that comprise the UAE, in terms of both its land mass and economy, and home to the majority of the country’s energy production and reserves. While the emirate is home to the world’s sixth-largest proven oil reserves, financial buffers have helped it diversify and yield steady non-oil revenues.

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With strong private sector and foreign investor engagement, the utilities sector in Abu Dhabi is one of the most enduringly attractive to a wide range of businesses. Despite the economic slowdown of recent years, vital big-ticket projects in areas including nuclear energy, solar energy and desalination are continuing to progress at pace.

 

What are Masdar’s investment priorities in adding suitable types of power to its regional energy mix?

 

Located in one of the driest parts of the planet and with demand for water growing at nearly 9.5% annually, Abu Dhabi’s water supply is a hugely important economic, social and security consideration. The Abu Dhabi government is therefore bringing in international partners to help meet the emirate’s demands.

 

The Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, which is being built by the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) 50 km from Ruwais, has four reactors totalling an installed capacity of 5600 MW, and is set to change the face of Abu Dhabi’s power generation.

 

China sees significant advantages in investing in Abu Dhabi as part of its long-term Belt and Road Initiative. Although Abu Dhabi sits midway between the overland Silk Road to the north and the Maritime Silk Road to the south, its increasingly close ties with China suggest the emirate will avoid being bypassed by the global flow of goods...

 

Abu Dhabi has set its sights on diversifying its economy at a rapid pace in the next decade, setting aside hundreds of square kilometres of land for the development of new interdependent industries. Various elements are being drawn together to create a chemical industries hub on part of the 410-sq-km Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD),...