Abu Dhabi's Economic Vision 2030 envisages the development of strategic sectors capable of attracting both local and foreign investment, notably in export-oriented sectors including manufacturing, telecommunications, transport, tourism, and energy. Motivated by the emirate’s desire to diversify the economy and the sharp increase of the population, manufacturing at various levels of industries has been at the core of important government investment. Acknowledging favorable business conditions, several key industrial players are expanding their operations in Abu Dhabi.

Over the past 15 years,  Abu Dhabi has invested more than AED51 billion to establish robust industrial infrastructure, especially for aluminum and steel production.

Abu Dhabi Free Zones

Guided by the Economic Vision 2030, Abu Dhabi has developed a range of successful free trade zones allowing investors and operators to benefit from strategic geographic advantages and cost-effective facilities. Those free zones are creating industry and business clusters of excellence that have attracted leading international corporations and innovators to Abu Dhabi.

Industrial City of Abu Dhabi (ICAD) spans 40 sq km and connects to transportation hubs at various points—developed roads, storage, and logistic hubs that have convenient access to multiple ports and airports.

Each cluster in the ICAD supports world-class infrastructure and benefits from reliable utilities and advanced communication networks, where flexible plot sizes appeal to a wide variety of investors.

The site is already home to numerous steel and metals producers, as well as construction materials companies, logistics operators, FMCG manufacturers, and oil and gas players

ZonesCorp is currently home to over 650 industrial facilities, receiving over AED29 billion worth of investment from local and international companies since its tax-free economic zones were created. ZonesCorp is carrying out plans for a major new auto hub in Abu Dhabi, developing 12 sq km of space for automotive manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and parts providers. ZonesCorp is also working to set up 261 prefabricated, ready-to-use units covering 300,000 sqm in the ICAD. In total, 80% of the units will be dedicated for warehousing and 20% for industrial use. This project is designed to facilitate the growth of SMEs and to meet the growing demand for high-quality, flexible warehousing.

Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) continues to invest heavily in world-class infrastructure and terminal capacity, inspiring other zones to improve their services. New equipment at the port includes advanced ship-to-shore cranes, 10 shuttle carriers, and 10 additional automated stacking cranes. Since 2017, the Khalifa Port has the capacity to handle 2.5 million TEUs per annum.

Abu Dhabi offers a dynamic and vibrant business environment with high quality industrial zones and services to support the growth of the manufacturing and industrial sector

Key figures - The manufacturing sector was growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.1% between 2010 and 2017

To support the development of the manufacturing sector, Abu Dhabi has successfully developed a range of industrial zones providing world-class infrastructure logistics facilities as well as convenient  labor accommodations.

Key Players

Free Zones and industrial parks

  • Kizad
  • ZonesCorp
  • Industrial City of Abu Dhabi (ICAD)
  • Tawazun Industrial Park

Key industrial sectors in Abu Dhabi

  • Aluminum
  • Metals
  • Petrochemicals
  • Light and Mechanical Industries
  • Consumer Industries
  • Food processing
  • Defense
  • Aerospace

Key Industrial leaders

  • Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) is the world’s largest ‘premium aluminium’ producer
  • Emirates Steel (metals)
  • Borouge
  • Senaat is one of the UAE’s largest industrial investment holding companies

Areas of Opportunities

Downstream industries, first-class engineers, cutting-edge technologies, international partners and an investment in research and development

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