Transportation & Logistics

Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 offers a unified vision for Abu Dhabi’s future and provides policy direction in a variety of areas, including the natural environment, land use, transport, open space, urban design, housing and economy

The Department of Transport (DoT) is undergoing several transport infrastructure projects in Abu Dhabi in line with its plans aimed at enhancing and further developing the transportation network and infrastructure in Abu Dhabi

 Airport - Abu Dhabi Airport’s new midfield terminal will constitute a paradigm shift for the development of Abu Dhabi

The aviation transport infrastructure development in Abu Dhabi has been led by Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC). Combined, the two entities contribute to more than 70 % of the sector's total revenue and are projected for further growth. Both entities are investing substantially to further develop the airport transport in the Emirate; Etihad is focusing on expanding its operations, while ADAC provides the necessary support with the provision of airport infrastructure.

By the end of 2019, with the completion of the iconic and state-of-the-art Abu Dhabi International Airport’s midfield terminal, Abu Dhabi International Airport will be among the world's largest terminal airport building in the world under one roof. The numbers are a staggering: 84 million annual passenger capacity, 19,200 pieces of baggage per hour, 35,000 square meters of duty-free shops, dining and entertainment


The new Abu Dhabi – Dubai main road (E311) is one of the biggest infrastructure projects that the Department of Transport is working on as part of its Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP). The new main road (E311) will consist of 62 Kilometers of dual carriageway starting at the end of Emirates Road in Seih Shuoaib through Al Maha Forest and Khalifa Port Industrial Zone (B) and will join up at the Sweihan Road (E20) interchange.

 Light Rail Transit (LRT)

An extensive, double-tracked LRT network, currently under detailed study, will support the local transport needs of high-density areas.


The bus system provides an extension to the public transport network in locations where travel needs do not demand the capacity provided by LRT or metro. High-quality, air-conditioned public buses, currently in place, offer travelers a relaxed, safe and comfortable environment.


A double-tracked, high quality metro rail system, currently in the planning stages, will provide fast high capacity transportation on key corridors.


Taking advantage of its water-side location, passenger ferries and water taxis will serve both sides of Abu Dhabi Island. These services will be fully integrated with the planned land-based transport network.

 Etihad Rail

Etihad Rail’s 1,200 km network will extend across the United Arab Emirates, from the border of Saudi Arabia to the border of Oman. The network will run from Ghweifat to Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the Northern Emirates with major connecting points in between, including Al Ain and Madinat Zayed. Etihad Rail will have an extensive national network with freight terminals, distribution centers and depots located close to major transport hubs, warehouses, and storage facilities across the UAE, including Musaffah, Khalifa Port, Jebel Ali Free Zone, Port of Fujairah of and Saqr Port.

The first stage, which included the first 266km of the line, has already been used to transport over 5 million tons of sulfur from Shah and Habshan to the port of Al Ruwais for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) for export. The second stage comprises 628km of railway that will link Khalifa Port and Jebel Ali to the border with Saudi Arabia at Al Ghuwaifat and the border of Oman at Al Ain.


Abu Dhabi Hyperloop route looks at new innovative transportation solutions

A commercial high-speed Hyperloop system is to be built in the next two years in Abu Dhabi, under a landmark deal signed by Aldar Properties and one of the leading companies behind the technology. The construction of a 10km Hyperloop transport system, using electro-magnetic levitation engineering to carry pods at 1,200kph, will begin in a critical development area between Abu Dhabi and Dubai in 2019.

Abu Dhabi offers one of the best transportation and logistics platform in the world. The completion by the end of 2019 of Abu Dhabi International Airport’s new midfield terminal would boost Abu Dhabi’s aviation sector to meet a spike in demand and help diversify its economy by providing tremendous number of opportunities for the private sector and international investors

Key Statistics of the Transportation & Logistics (2010-2017*)

Transportation and storage sector real GDP (2010-2017* - AED billion)

GDP at constant price - AED billion 2010 2015 2017* %
Total 587.1 770.0 785.6 100%
Transportation and Storage 16.7 21.3 16.1 2.05%

Source: Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi - * Preliminary estimates

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