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Economic Vision 2030

Abu Dhabi’s multidecade economic development and diversification plan impacts almost every sector of the economy, from telecommunications and tourism to banking and business. The transformation envisioned by the plan is already taking shape, with early work ongoing at the Culture District at Saadiyat Island; dramatic enhancements recently completed at the international airport; and the upcoming opening of an iconic office and hotel tower at the city’s world-class exhibition and conference center.

By 2030, Abu Dhabi’s population is expected to more than triple. The emirate’s goal is to evolve from a resource-based economy to a knowledge-based one, and to boost the non-oil share of the economy to more than 60% of GDP, from just over 40% today. This emirate, located between blue seas and red dunes, has an ambitious plan for the future — but a great deal has already been accomplished.

Dynamic and Diversifying:
Abu Dhabi Attracts Tourists, Business and Industry With an Ambitious Vision

H.E. Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority

Saadiyat Island Cultural District

Tourism Development & Investment Company

The Master Developer That Is Helping Shape the Future Tourism of Abu Dhabi

Saadiyat Island

St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

In Focus: Saadiyat Island

Saadiyat Island: Fast Facts

  • 492,000 square meters of retail space

  • 1,032,000 square meters of office space

  • 10,441,000 square meters of residential space

  • 1,652,000 square meters of hospitality space

  • 606,000 square meters of civic facilities

  • 185,000 square meters of cultural facilities

H.E. Mohammed Hassan Omran, Chairman of Etisalat


Physically Connecting Countries to the Rest of the World

“Etisalat has consistently raised the benchmark for innovation and quality in telecom services in the region and has been widely acknowledged for excellent performance by many international organizations,”
says Mohammed Omran.

Etisalat Building

In many ways it is the company’s drive and determination to be a leading global telecom player
that paves the way for Etisalat to continue to expand internationally.

Ala'a Eraiqat,
Chief Executive Officer,

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Ambition, Efficiency and Transparency Are Driving This Innovative Institution Forward

The bank also rolled out ADCB Meethaq, its successful Islamic banking business, which is delivering more than 30% of the bank’s overall new retail and consumer banking flow. Already, Shariah-compliant deposits make up 7.5% of the bank’s overall deposits.

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank Headquarters

Simon Horgan,
Group CEO,


Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company: Creating Destinations—All Under One Sky

“In recent years there has been a massive demand for events in Abu Dhabi, but until the development of ADNEC in 2007, this demand went largely under-serviced,” says Horgan.

Capital Gate Tower

This project was produced by Intermedia, Dubai. Project Director: Vivienne Davidson / Project Manager: Amy Boeker / Cover image: Louvre Abu Dhabi provided by TDIC


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