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The Abu Dhabi Industrial Strategy was launched by Crown Prince Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in June 2022

Abu Dhabi industrial sector attracts foreign investors

The Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce has said that the number of industrial licences issued by the emirate last year increased by 51 percent.  The total now stands at 363, excluding free zones. Statistics from Abu Dhabi Chamber also revealed that 46 foreign companies secured industrial licences in the emirate, with mining support services attracting […]

An NMC hospital in Abu Dhabi. The business was founded in the 1970s and went into administration in 2020

NMC and Dubai Islamic Bank end legal dispute

NMC Healthcare has reached an out-of-court settlement with Dubai Islamic Bank, ending the long-running legal dispute between the two businesses. The healthcare operator had borrowed around $400 million from DIB, which is the largest Islamic bank in the UAE. The loan used collateral known as insurance receivables, which are payments by insurance companies for medical […]

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Nobu penthouse shatters Abu Dhabi sales record

A three-bed penthouse at Nobu Residences on Saadiyat Island has sold for AED137 million ($37.3 million), fetching the highest price per sq m ever seen in Abu Dhabi, at AED96,000 ($26,137), Aldar Properties has claimed. It comes after the sale of a four-bed duplex sky villa in Nobu Residences for AED130 million, the state-run WAM […]

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UAE’s G42 to build green data centre in Kenya

Abu Dhabi artificial intelligence company G42 has said it will develop a one-gigawatt (GW) data centre in Kenya powered by geothermal energy. The new facility, developed in partnership with Kenya’s EcoCloud, will boost cloud computing and AI services, the Abu Dhabi Media Office reported, citing a company statement. The EcoCloud-G42 mega data centre will have […]

Buildings taller than 90m are banned in Budapest to preserve the city's architecture

UAE developer wins $6bn Budapest contract

An Emirati developer has finalised a €5.5 billion ($6 billion) deal to transform a rundown area of Budapest in the same week that the UAE and Hungary signed an economic cooperation agreement aimed at improving bilateral trade and investment. Eagle Hills International, which is based in Abu Dhabi, has partnered with the Hungarian government to […]

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Adnoc and BP suspend bid for Israel’s NewMed Energy

Abu Dhabi state oil company Adnoc and BP have suspended a proposed $2 billion bid to buy a major stake in Israel’s NewMed Energy as a result of the ongoing conflict in Gaza. The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange-listed natural gas operator, part of the Israeli conglomerate Delek Group, said on Wednesday that the deal was […]

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ADIA backs $832m European real estate debt fund

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), the UAE’s largest sovereign wealth fund, will pump additional capital into Cheyne Capital’s European real estate debt fund, increasing the total investment to £650 million ($832 million). The investment by a Gulf state-owned fund subsidiary marks the ninth round of the London-based Cheyne Real Estate Credit Holdings programme, called the […]

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Air taxi makers promise Dubai-Abu Dhabi commute in 30 minutes

Flying cars could cut the commute between Dubai and Abu Dhabi to 30 minutes next year after a deal between Archer Aviation of the US and the UAE’s Falcon Aviation. Under the agreement, the two will develop air taxi vertiports at the Falcon heliport at Atlantis the Palm in Dubai and the Marina Mall heliport […]

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UAE businesses dispute predicted Ramadan downturn

UAE businesses are optimistic about Ramadan’s prospects in spite of a projected 10 percent decline in spending over the holy month. The anticipated dip is partly linked to considerable consumer expenditure after the pandemic and during recent festive sales, according to a study by Redseer Strategy Consultants. “The last two years were a period of […]

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Ruwais LNG will push UAE up the energy table

Abu Dhabi is planning to increase its presence in the liquefied natural gas market, helping it to diversify away from oil. Ruwais LNG, a new terminal located in Al Ruwais Industrial City, will increase the emirate’s capacity from 5.7 million tonnes per year (mpta) to 15 mpta.  The project features two 4.8 mtpa LNG trains, […]

In Dubai, '80% of the wine lists are the same', but Abu Dhabi is opening to more alcohol brands

Alcohol brands blocked from Dubai target Abu Dhabi

Independent alcohol brands blocked from the Dubai market are entering the UAE by breaking into the more open Abu Dhabi market, industry insiders have said. The alcohol market in the UAE is regulated at the emirate level, and each has different levels of access and competition. Dubai’s market is a duopoly. Two distributors – Maritime […]

Gulf wealth funds put investing in US well ahead of China

Most sovereign wealth funds in the Gulf remain heavily invested in the US, while China represents a much smaller part of their portfolios, data from the consultancy Global SWF shows.  The data also shows that the portfolios of Gulf sovereign wealth funds vary widely in terms of their geographical distribution. This is partly a result […]

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Dubai luxury real estate has stabilised, says Deyaar CEO

Demand for mid-segment and affordable properties will increase in the coming months as luxury real estate prices start to stabilise, according to Saeed Al Qatami, CEO of the Dubai master developer Deyaar Development.  “This is a segment that will see more demand and an increase in prices. Luxury has stabilised,” Al Qatami said. Last month […]

ADGM said assets under management grew by 35%, with 102 asset managers managing 141 funds in 2023

Abu Dhabi Global Market reports rapid growth

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) said that over 125 companies are in the pipeline to be registered, as the international financial centre reported continued growth. Assets under management (AUM) grew by 35 percent in 2023, with 102 asset managers managing 141 funds, ADGM said in a statement. While it did not give the total value […]

Etihad crew catered to 14 million passengers in 2023, resulting in a 31 percent rise in passenger revenue to AED16.6 billion women cabin crew Etihad airline smiling

Etihad posts soaring net profit and anticipates IPO 

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways grew its net profit more than fivefold to AED525 million ($143 million) in 2023, helped by a 40 percent increase in passengers and AED20.3 billion ($5.5 billion) of revenues. The emirate’s state-owned airline gave staff a heads-up about its 2023 financial performance in an internal memo sent on January 25, AGBI […]

Adnoc's command centre in Abu Dhabi. The company is using AI to streamline routine maintainance activity

Adnoc claims AI generated $500m in extra value

The Abu Dhabi state oil company Adnoc said it generated $500 million (AED1.84 billion) in extra value by using artificial intelligence solutions in 2023. The energy major has deployed more than 30 AI tools across its value chain, from field operations to corporate decision-making, in an effort to increase efficiency and productivity. “We have integrated […]

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Sweden’s Abu Dhabi truck deal to drive bilateral trade

The UAE’s deal for Swedish tech company Einride to help to build the Abu Dhabi portion of the Falcon Rise Grid electrified road freight system could portend more business between the two countries. Einride will deploy 1,000 electric heavy duty trucks and 100 autonomous vehicles across Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, and install charging infrastructure. […]

ADIA started acquiring Spicejet shares from the open market in late February

ADIA builds up stake in Indian carrier SpiceJet

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), the UAE’s largest sovereign wealth fund, has acquired shares in India’s budget carrier SpiceJet, according to Indian media reports. “ADIA has acquired shares of the airline from the open market,” a SpiceJet spokesperson told, an Indian financial website. No details were given on the percentage of the stake acquired […]

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Agthia increases stake in Egyptian snack group

Agthia Group has raised its stake in the Egyptian snacks company Auf Group to 70 percent, the latest UAE investment in the North African country. The food and beverages group, which is majority owned by the Abu Dhabi government through the state investor ADQ, acquired a 60 percent stake in Auf Group in 2022.  In […]