Security, Aerospace & Defence
From The Report: Abu Dhabi 2023
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Abu Dhabi holds a central role in military and defence operations in the UAE, attracting multinational aerospace manufacturers and service providers.

The emirate’s focus on cybersecurity, advanced robotics and autonomous vehicles is driving international research and manufacturing partnerships. Educational programmes, meanwhile, aim to equip the local talent pool for emerging opportunities.

Collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors are enhancing investor confidence, driven by expanding military manufacturing and international trade relations. Increased federal defence spending and the drive to localise production further are expected to bolster these high-value sectors, aligning with Abu Dhabi’s goal to establish itself as a regional and global centre for advanced manufacturing and technologies.

This chapter includes interviews with Salem Butti Al Qubaisi, Director-General, UAE Space Agency; and Faisal Al Bannai, Chairman, EDGE Group.