Economic Overview

Abu Dhabi is one of the most attractive investment destinations in the world. As the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi  offers investors a vibrant economy, stable political system and business-friendly regulatory environment. Abu Dhabi’s location at the heart of the Middle East and the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, offers unique trade and tourism opportunities to local, regional and international players. 

Abu Dhabi is the largest of the seven Emirates that make up the UAE and covers around four fifths of the country’s total land area. With a population of around 3 million people, Abu Dhabi is one of the most diverse and progressive communities in the Gulf region, with people from over 200 nationalities living here. It is one of the safest cities in the world and is committed to maintaining its social harmony and domestic security. 

While the petrochemical sector has historically dominated economic development, a growing diversification in the Emirate’s economy has been evident in recent years as Abu Dhabi drives for a more sustainable and diversified economy as formulated in its Economic Vision 2030. The Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 aims to reduce the oil and gas sector’s contribution to the GDP from 59 percent in 2005 to 36 percent by 2030. The main objectives of the 2030 Vision are to further diversify the economy, create business opportunities in other expanding sectors, expand the Emirate’s infrastructure and transport network, improve environmental sustainability. and optimize government operations while developing its social and human resource. The implementation of Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030 aims to create numerous opportunities for local and international investors in many sectors.   


GDP at constant price - AED billion 2005 2010 2017 2017 % CAGR
Total  491.7 587.1 785.6 100.0% 4.0%
Mining and quarrying (includes crude oil and natural gas) 291.5 303.9 377.9 48.1% 2.2%
Non-oil 200.2 283.2 407.7 51.9% 6.1%



Foreign Direct Investment

Foreign investment is a major contributor to Abu Dhabi Emirate economic growth and development. The total Stock of Foreign Direct Investment growth reached AED 108 billion at the end of 2017.