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Abu Dhabi 2023



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Abu Dhabi styles itself as a champion of innovation. The government, in lockstep with the private sector, is committed to fostering the development of new technologies across every sector of the economy with the eventual aim of diversifying away from a reliance on hydrocarbons. The journey to a truly knowledge-based economy is fraught with difficulty, yet there is much reason to be optimistic. Indeed, the non-oil economy was a major driver of UAE growth in 2022, when the economy expanded 7.6%. And with an eye on the future, the Emirate is keen that its growth be sustainable, green, and foster self-sufficiency.

It is against this backdrop that research for this 148-page publication was carried out. Featuring dozens of interviews from across every major sector of the economy, we are confident that this publication will be a vital handbook for anybody looking to do business in Abu Dhabi.

The Business Year: Abu Dhabi 2023 features interviews, articles, and analysis.


Here is just a selection of the interviews contained:

  • Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister of Japan
  • Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Secretary General, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD)
  • Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, Cabinet Member & Minister of Economy
  • Salem Rashed Al Nuaimi, Chairman, Wio Bank
  • Ahmed Baghoum, CEO, Masdar City & Steve Severance, Director of Growth, Masdar City
  • Prasoon Dubey, Chief Commercial Officer, AJ Steel Pipes
  • Waleid Al Mesmari, Senior Vice President, Electronic Warfare Cyber Technologies, EDGE Group
  • Abdullah Humaid Al Hameli, CEO, Economic Cities & Free Zones, AD Ports Group
  • Kamil Abu Ghanem, General Manager, Al Hashem Marble
  • Jorge Guzman, CEO, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
  • Sultan Al Hajji, Vice President of Public Affairs and Alumni Relations, Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI)
  • Aref Al Awani, Secretary General, Abu Dhabi Sports Council


The publication also features a range of articles and analysis, including:

  • Fintech
  • Non-conventional sources of energy
  • Climate-smart agriculture
  • Smart Manufacturing Index
  • Cloud tech
  • Self-driving cars
  • Proptech
  • Medical tourism
  • Child development
  • Yas Island & Hudayriat Island


About The Business Year
The Business Year is a global media group that has been providing investors, businesses, and governments with first-hand insights into the world’s most dynamic markets for over a decade. We conduct hundreds of interviews a week with top decision makers in the Middle East, Latin America, Central and Southeast Asia, Africa, and Europe. Our content is available in printed reports and across an array of digital platforms.



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