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Chapter | Retail from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2019

With a strong pipeline of retail space under construction, including major regional destination malls and shopping developments to serve untapped communities, Abu Dhabi’s consumers can look forward to new experiences, fresh brands and greater choice. Existing operators are re-thinking mall management to give more prominence to food and beverage outlets, such as fine dining and the latest fast-food concepts, to reflect the changing tastes of a cosmopolitan population. Retail has a key role to play in the business environment as part of the emirate’s strategic shift towards a more diversified economy as described in the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. Entrepreneurial Emiratis are currently behind many of the enterprises that form the bedrock of the sector. This chapter contains an interview with Tariq Ahmed Saeed Al Wahedi, CEO, Agthia Group.

Chapter | Media from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2019

Abu Dhabi’s media sector has enjoyed rapid growth in recent years as a result of sustained emirate and federal government support as well as the increase in local content being created in its dedicated media free zone twofour54. The presence of major international media corporations in the free zone has underlined the quality of the facilities on offer, while efforts to cultivate the emergence of a skilled local workforce for the sector are paying dividends thanks to the various training and outreach programmes on offer. Strategic partnerships with regional and international media players alike should cement the emirate’s reputation as a leading media centre in the years ahead. This chapter contains an interview with Maryam Eid AlMheiri, CEO, Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi and twofour54.

Chapter | ICT from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2019

The UAE is at the forefront of developments in the regional telecoms market, boasting one of the highest smart phone penetration rates in the world, a reputation as a testing ground for emergent capabilities, and rapidly developing infrastructures for wireless broadband and fibre-optic services. At the emirate level, the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 established targets for investment in and adoption of new ICT infrastructure, such as increases in ICT spending and internet penetration to match the levels of international industry leaders Singapore and New Zealand. Similarly, the Abu Dhabi Plan, published in June 2016, outlines 25 goals where success will depend on making advances in ICT infrastructure. This chapter contains interviews with Rauda Al Saadi, Director-General, Abu Dhabi Smart Solutions and Services Authority; and Saleh Abdullah Al Abdooli, CEO, Etisalat Group.

Chapter | Environment from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2019

Climate change and global warming, coupled with population growth and increasing urbanisation, are just some of the environmental factors depleting the natural resources of countries across the world and affecting the earth’s natural balance. In Abu Dhabi, where average temperatures run from 22.9°C to 35°C, reaching as high as 50°C in summer months, and where average rainfall is just 81.4 mm per year, environmental protection and sustainability are particularly vital to future growth, and have become key pillars in the authorities’ development agenda. Population growth is expected to put additional strain on food and water supplies in the future as well as increase demand for jobs and housing. This chapter contains an interview with Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary-General, Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi.

Chapter | Tourism & Culture from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2019

The last 10 years have seen Abu Dhabi’s visitor appeal grow rapidly thanks to the government’s prioritisation of tourism and culture as part of the emirate’s long-term strategy for economic diversification. With an array of high-end accommodation already in place and Louvre Abu Dhabi shining as the emirate’s latest addition to a growing number of attractions, sector authorities are looking to further expand offerings by developing new segments such as cruise tourism, medical tourism and ecotourism, as well as by continuing to develop and promote Abu Dhabi’s identity as a destination for authentic cultural and historical experiences. This chapter contains interviews with Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi; and Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.

Chapter | Health from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2019

A regional pioneer in the provision of both health care and medical insurance, Abu Dhabi continued to lay the foundations in 2018 for a more robust model of primary care and achieved new milestones in transplant surgery. Driven by the construction of new hospitals, clinics and specialised facilities, there is a strong pipeline of public and private sector investment in new facilities, especially regarding specialised care. The health system’s administrators have worked hard over the last decade to fill capacity shortages and attract qualified human resources, acknowledging that more can be done to ensure the achievement of the level of health care services envisaged in Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. This chapter contains interviews with Sheikh Abdulla bin Mohammed Al Hamed, Chairman, Department of Health; and Dr Gareth Goodier, Group CEO, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company.