Business Investment Sectors - Abu Dhabi Investment Office


Abu Dhabi is home to a wide
variety of business sectors

  • Manufacturing
  • Tourism
  • Media
  • Financial Services & Insurance
  • Logistics
  • Education
  • Health
  • Energy
  • ICT
  • Real Estate
  • Other Sectors


Over the past 15 years, Abu Dhabi has invested more than AED 51 billion to establish robust industrial infrastructure. The sector benefits from consistent commitment from the Abu Dhabi Government in line with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, and offers businesses cutting edge facilities supporting advanced manufacturing techniques. Acknowledging favourable business conditions, several key industrial players are expanding their operations in Abu Dhabi.

Priority industries:

  • Aerospace
  • Steel and derivative products
  • Machinery
  • Food processing
  • Petrochemical plastic products
  • Defense
  • Aluminium and derivative products

Free zones and industrial parks:


Tourism is a burgeoning sector in Abu Dhabi promising residents and visitors unparalleled experiences from turquoise seas to golden deserts. The Abu Dhabi Government in invested in evolving of the the sector to distinguish Abu Dhabi as a world-class destination through conserving, promoting and leveraging Abu Dhabi’s heritage, culture and leisure assets.

Key industries:

  • Hotels & resorts
  • Travel agents and airlines
  • Leisure and entertainment
  • Shopping and souks
  • Sports
  • Ecotourism and coastal
  • Museums
  • Cruise
  • MICE and events

Key statistics:

  • 1.3 million hotel guests during third quarter of 2019 (Reference)
  • Abu Dhabi International Airport welcomed over 4.5 million passengers during summer  of 2019 (Reference)
  • Direct flights from more than a 100 cities around the world to Abu Dhabi
  • 4-day transit visa


With world-class production facilities, government incentives, advanced infrastructure and key 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 continues to support the growth of existing and new media companies with access to a global talent pool, a fast-paced ecosystem, and local and regional markets.

Key Industries:

  • Film and TV
  • Broadcasting
  • Gaming and e-sports 
  • Entertainment 
  • Animation and social media
  • Digital and creative media content
  • Music
  • Print
  • Events, marketing, and PR

Financial Services & Insurance

Abu Dhabi supports a robust financial market distinguished by access to global markets and talent, together with a supportive regulatory framework. Abu Dhabi continues to attract investment in the financial and insurance sectors. Our banking, insurance and asset management sectors are leading the region and are expected to continue their tremendous growth. Significant players 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).

Key Activities:

  • Asset management
  • Islamic Finance
  • Banks and insurance
  • Capital markets
  • Sovereign funds
  • Financial free zones
  • Trading brokerage
  • Commodities
  • Stock markets


Abu Dhabi offers unmatched connectivity at the heart of global trade and transportation. The soon to be opened Abu Dhabi International Airport Midfield Terminal will boost Abu Dhabi’s aviation sector to meet increased demand and help 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.

Key Infrastructures:

  • Industrial parks
  • Airports
  • Ports and terminals
  • Road transport trucking
  • Rail freight
  • Public transport
  • Logistics hub
  • Warehouse


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.

Key statistics (SCAD):

  • 452 schools
  • 377,919 students
  • 29,486 teachers
  • 12,513 administrators

Available Curriculum:

  • American
  • Indian
  • British
  • Vocational
  • Other foreign schools
  • University


Significant government investment in the healtchcare industry is evident in the advanced medical care and research facilities serving Abu Dhabi. The emirate has entered into a number of prestigious partnerships to bring in advanced health-care technologies, best practices and standards to the local community. The emirate has witnessed a remarkable increase in the number of health centres and clinics, including Cleveland Clinic  operated by Mubadala Healthcare in Abu Dhabi and Al Tawam Hospital operated by Johns Hopkins University in Al Ain. Investment opportunities continue to emerge due to the robust growth potential of the healthcare sector in Abu Dhabi.

Key industries:

  • Pharmacies
  • Clinics
  • Health insurance
  • Medical centres
  • Medical schools
  • Hospitals

Energy & Utilities

Abu Dhabi is one of the world's largest and most strategically placed energy producers. In addition to ongoing programmes by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Abu Dhabi is invested in cutting-edge renewable projects that are facilitating a transition to global leadership in sustainable energy. Ambitious large-scale solar and nuclear projects are set to come online in coming years to address 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.


Abu Dhabi provides world-class ICT infrastructure and services for a smart connected society and is uniquely positioned to leverage ICT to accelerate economic growth and social impact. With leadership from the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA), local telecom leader Etisalat and innovative private sector companies, Abu Dhabi is developing a dynamic digital society.

Key industries:

  • Satellite communications
  • Computer science
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications operators
  • 5G network
  • Fibre optics
  • Science and technology research centres

Real Estate

The construction and real estate sectors benefit from diverse opportunities for investment and living in the heart of Arabia. New developments on Al Maryah, Saadiyat, Yas and Al Reem islands, as well as the new planned Zayed City promise exciting opportunities for the sector.

Key industries:

  • Public utilities
  • Industrial
  • Engineering architecture and maintenance service
  • Residential and commercial
  • Urban planning
  • Real estate developers
  • Construction

Other Sectors

Abu Dhabi supports a vibrant and growing knowledge economy with high-growth opportunities across a range of emerging sectors and industries. The Abu Dhabi Government actively supports the development of our knowledge economy. The government is heavily invested in workforce enrichment programmes and other initiatives to catalyse both technological and non-technological innovation in the emirate.

Key focus areas:

  • Cutting-edge technologies and services
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics
  • Smart city applications and solutions
  • Digital economy and e-commerce
  • FinTech
  • Green economy
  • Innovative SMEs