• Transport

    OBG examines all aspects of local transport infrastructure, including sea, air and land. Our analysis within the transport sector reviews the major projects under way and planned, such as airport expansions, port plans, public transit systems, road construction and rail networks.
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Abu Dhabi’s maritime transport segment is making significant advances, with the volume and value of trade passing through its terminals expanding significantly in early 2019. While previous forecasts for near-term growth will likely be slowed by the drop in trade flow triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic – indeed, the World Health Organisation...


After almost a decade of construction work, the Midfield Terminal Building (MTB) at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) is in the final stages of development. The 742,000-sq-metre structure will significantly increase the airport’s capacity, serving as the gateway to Abu Dhabi for tens of millions of passengers each year. Designed by US...

Chapter | Transport from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2020

Abu Dhabi has reached significant milestones across its air, land and sea transport, with more on the near horizon. The Midfield Terminal Building, which will facilitate higher visitor numbers, was scheduled to commence operations by the end of 2020, though this timeline was established before the Covid-19 pandemic broke out. Alongside the new terminal, the launch of two new low-budget...

Abu Dhabi is home to the world’s sixth-largest proven oil reserves and is working to achieve self-sufficiency in natural gas. It has been successfully pursuing diversification, particularly in terms of manufacturing, banking and ICT. While the global Covid-19 pandemic and decline in international oil prices poses challenges for the emirate, the fundamentals underpinning its economy remain strong.

With one of the biggest consumer markets in the region and robust fundamentals, Egypt is well placed to attract international investment and emerge from this difficult period in a strong position. Although the Covid-19 pandemic has caused considerable disruption, the government’s ongoing reform efforts have helped to mitigate the worst effects of the crisis.

As countries within the Gulf begin a gradual easing of Covid-19-related movement restrictions, the revival of the region’s aviation sector has come into focus. Effective recovery strategies will rely on reassuring passengers that sufficient health and the safety measures are in place.

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