• Environment

    OBG reports on the growing awareness of environmental concerns, how they affect industrial development and the steps being taken to address attendant problems. Many countries are establishing environmental agencies to seek out ways to cut pollution and waste, as well as to introduce conservation and recycling measures.
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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...

 

Water is a valuable commodity anywhere in the world, but in the Middle East, where temperatures are high most of the year and rainfall rarely exceeds 10cm per year, it is even more precious. In Abu Dhabi, which is mostly hot and arid, natural freshwater is rare and limited to groundwater. However, it is estimated that groundwater – which is...

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...

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.

Near-term sentiment is on the rise among Dubai’s business leaders, with the IMF forecasting a healthy GDP growth rate of 4.2% in 2019 for the emirate. While not as exposed as some of its regional neighbours to the effects of fluctuating commodities prices in recent times, Dubai nevertheless stands to benefit from the knock-on effects of higher prices over the last year.

A number of key developments in the country are expected to support economic growth in the coming years. A rapidly improving business environment and infrastructural base, the gradual liberalisation of the local currency and increased investment into export-oriented industries are all set to raise living standards and drive the emergence of a large national middle class.

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