ADIO’s Innovation Programme provides incentives to a wide range of businesses in high-growth areas, including Financial Services, Tourism, AgTech, ICT and Healthcare & Biopharma, among others.
The Innovation Programme includes globally competitive financial and non-financial incentives worth AED 2 billion ($545 million), providing support to innovative business. The programme enables them to grow and deliver ideas that can benefit the region and the world.
Please contact our Investor Care team to find out more about the programme and its eligibility requirements.
With over 11 million annual visitors, tourism is a burgeoning sector in Abu Dhabi offering unparalleled experiences across turquoise seas and into the golden desert.
Currently supporting more than 300,000 jobs, Abu Dhabi’s tourism sector enjoys significant investment of $7 billion per year. The sector is forecast to grow by more than 5% per year over the next decade.
We are committed to evolving the sector into a world-class destination through conserving, promoting and leveraging its natural landscapes, deep heritage, culture and leisure assets.
Why tourism in Abu Dhabi?
- 200+ unique islands with 2,500 hectares of mangrove forest
- 11.35 million tourists (2019)
- 89% of visitors say they would visit again
Healthcare & Biopharma
Significant government investment in the healthcare industry is evident in the advanced medical care and research facilities serving Abu Dhabi.
We have established several prestigious partnerships to bring advanced healthcare technologies, best practices and world-class standards to the Abu Dhabi community.
Investment opportunities continue to emerge due to the robust growth potential of the healthcare sector in Abu Dhabi.
Over the past decade, there has been a remarkable increase in the number of health centres and clinics in the emirate, including Cleveland Clinic operated by Mubadala Healthcare and Al Tawam Hospital operated by Johns Hopkins University in Al Ain.
Why Healthcare & Biopharma in Abu Dhabi?
- 1st in healthcare testing capacity globally
- FDI investment in the healthcare sector enables 100% ownership of hospitals and clinics
- Home to world-class healthcare infrastructure and talent
Abu Dhabi offers an advanced technology and telecommunications infrastructure with one of the world's highest mobile telephone penetration rates.
According to the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TRA), there were approximately 2.3 million fixed lines in operation in the UAE, with 18.2 million active mobile subscribers (216% penetration) and 3.0 million broadband internet subscribers (2019).
We were the 1st capital city in the world to achieve 100% fibre-to-home broadband connectivity and are considered the smartest city in the MENA region.
Abu Dhabi champions innovation in the ICT sector, supported by the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA), the UAE’s telecom leader Etisalat and many private sector players. This makes the capital an attractive prospect for ICT investment.
Why ICT in Abu Dhabi?
- Fastest mobile network operator in the world (Etisalat)
- Smartest City in the Middle East and North Africa
- Home to the world’s first AI university
- Hub71 is Abu Dhabi's global tech ecosystem
With year-round sunshine and plentiful land, Abu Dhabi is an attractive place for agriculture companies focusing on desert and arid climates.
AgTech companies come to the emirate to harness its ambition, ideas and innovation, taking on global food security challenges with cutting-edge solutions.
In 2020, ADIO announced partnerships under its Innovation Programme with AeroFarms, Madar Farms, RDI, RNZ, FreshToHome, Pure Harvest and Nanoracks to support innovative R&D projects in the AgTech sector.
Why AgTech in Abu Dhabi?
- 24,000+ farms across 75,000 hectares of land
- 200+ food processors are already active in the UAE
- The world's largest R&D indoor vertical farm being built in Abu Dhabi
- UAE is 1st in the region and 11th globally on the World Bank's Global Logistics Performance Index (2018)
Abu Dhabi is one of the world's largest and most strategically placed energy producers. In addition to ongoing programs by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Masdar and others, the Abu Dhabi government has invested in cutting-edge renewable projects facilitating a transition to sustainable energy solutions.
Ambitious large-scale solar and nuclear projects are set to come online in the coming years to address the growing demand for clean energy. Abu Dhabi remains committed to making long-term investments in innovation and development of renewable energy and carbon capture technologies.
Why Abu Dhabi?
With world-class production facilities, government incentives, advanced infrastructure and critical partnerships with international media players, Abu Dhabi is recognised as the region's media and multimedia hub. Over the past decade, the emirate has cemented its position as a magnet for visionary storytellers and content creators from around the world.
The media sector is supported by twofour54, Abu Dhabi's media free zone, which works to develop a thriving and sustainable media industry in the emirate. twofour54 provides the facilities, technology, and innovation to enable local, regional and international media expansion.
Despite already being home to some of the media sector's most iconic brands and organisations, Abu Dhabi supports the growth of existing and new media companies with access to a global talent pool, a fast-paced ecosystem, and local and regional markets.
Abu Dhabi offers unmatched connectivity at the heart of global trade and transportation. The soon-to-be-open Abu Dhabi International Airport Midfield Terminal will boost Abu Dhabi's aviation sector to meet increased demand and diversify the economy with numerous opportunities for the private sector and international investors. Abu Dhabi is further investing in extensive improvements to its existing ground infrastructure, with new projects including light rail, metro, ferries, railroad and a commercial high-speed hyperloop system.
Supported by consistent government investment and public-private partnerships, Abu Dhabi offers world-class education facilitates from early learning to graduate school.
Education is a key priority with concrete steps being taken to ensure that future generations are equipped with the tools and skills they need to lead. In addition to K-12 education, academic research has received significant investment and support.
Many local universities have expanded while other internationally recognised institutions have established campuses in Abu Dhabi such as Sorbonne, INSEAD and New York University.
Abu Dhabi is committed to fostering and harnessing the potential of its youth and providing the opportunities for the next generation of innovators to make their mark on the world.
Abu Dhabi is the region's leading financial hub, distinguished by access to global markets and talent, complemented with a supportive regulatory framework.
The emirate’s banking, insurance and asset management sectors are driving the region's tremendous growth.
The most notable organisations in the sector include the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) - the second-largest bank in the Middle East, the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX).
Why Financial Services in Abu Dhabi?
Explore Abu Dhabi’s growth stories
Abu Dhabi is primed to help businesses innovate, grow and scale up to the region and the world. Explore our growth stories and find out how local and global businesses have thrived in Abu Dhabi.