From The Report: Abu Dhabi 2019
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Sixty years after Abu Dhabi’s first oil discovery at the Murban Bab oilfield, industry is proving to be an engine of growth and economic diversification in 2019, as Emirati entrepreneurs explore and nurture new opportunities to reduce reliance on the volatile energy sector. Their efforts to diversify include vertical development into downstream industries such as petrochemicals, plastics and by-products like sulphur; horizontal moves into energy-intensive manufacturing of steel and aluminium that in turn feeds production clusters; and lateral shifts into the technologies of the future that are expected to shape the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This chapter contains interviews with Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, CEO, Senaat; and Abdulla Jassem Kalban, Managing Director and CEO, Emirates Global Aluminium.