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Business in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE and the largest of the seven Emirates. It boasts 400km of coastline, 200 islands, desert and 365 days of sunshine. According to Numbeo, Abu Dhabi is the safest city in the world (Crime Index 2018 Mid Year).

Strategic Location

Abu Dhabi is located where East meets West. 100 capital cities are within six hours reach by air. 1/3 of the global population is within four hours reach of the UAE. 11 ports handle 25,000 ships per year.


Abu Dhabi estimates a population of 2.9 million of which 2.3 million are expatriates, representing 200 nationalities.

Credit Rating

Moody’s rates Abu Dhabi’s credit rating as Aa2 Stable due to its large hydrocarbon reserves and high wealth levels. S&P’s sovereign credit rating on Abu Dhabi is AA/A-1+ (May 2018).


Abu Dhabi has a quality road network, new ports, modern airports, rail network (Al Dahfra) and a Hyperloop (planned). It also has modern business centres, malls, state of the art commercial buildings, free zones and industrial zones.

Key Sectors

Oil & Gas
Transport & Logistics
Culture & Tourism
Financial Services
Food & Beverage
Real Estate

Benefits of Abu Dhabi as a Business Hub

  • Politically and financially stable

  • AED50 billion investment in Tomorrow 2021 economic plan to include 50 initiatives reflecting the priorities of citizens, residents and investors

  • Ghadan 21 plan to enhance the competitiveness of Abu Dhabi, based on business & investment, society, knowledge & innovation, and lifestyle

  • ADNOC’s $45 billion expansion of the Al Ruwais petrochemical complex making it the world’s single largest integrated refinery and petrochemicals complex

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