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UAE 2022

PUBLISHED October 2022



Historically, the UAE and the Gulf have been associated almost solely with hydrocarbons. It is far from a new sentiment, however, that the green transition must begin in earnest. It is at the forefront of minds in government that while oil and gas wealth will help the region make the necessary investments, it must be balanced with careful consideration for the future wellbeing of the planet. And while the UAE Centennial 2071 blueprint, a plan for the next 50 years, claims loftily that the combined Emirates will be “the best country in the world,” the sentiment and ambition is clear.

During the course of our research, carried out mostly post COVID-19 lockdown, the business community consistently shared their experiences of both hardship and opportunity, with the digitalization agenda being rapidly progressed as the economy shut down to protect public health. Government support and a rapid vaccine rollout also created renewed trust among business in the authorities.

With all this in mind, this publication sets out to shine a spotlight on the sustainability agenda, examining topics including the blue economy, hydrocarbons, green energy, transformative technology, and more. It features interviews with dozens of public- and private-sector leaders and is a key handbook for anyone looking to invest in the UAE.

Here is just a selection of the interviews contained:

  • Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, Cabinet Member & UAE Minister of Economy
  • Derek Nicholson, Director of Strategy & Planning, Alpha Dhabi Holding
  • Samia Bouazza, CEO & Managing Director, Multiply Group
  • Mohammed Juma’a Al Musharrakh, CEO, Invest in Sharjah
  • Sultan Abdullah bin Hadda Al Suwaidi, Chairman, Sharjah Economic Development Department (SEDD)
  • Yasser Zaghloul, Group CEO, National Marine Dredging Company Group, UAE (NMDC)
  • Pierre Santoni, President, Middle East & Africa (MEA), Parsons
  • Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Managing Director & Group CEO, AD Ports Group
  • Shawn L. Dilly, Director General, Emirates National School (ENS)
  • Issam Slaimi, General Manager, Golden Tulip Media Hotel


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

  • 100% ownership policy
  • Shell StartUp engine
  • ADNOC, hydrogen, and blue ammonia
  • Youth for sustainability in the UAE
  • Shell’s carbon neutral lubricant products
  • Dubai metro route for sustainability
  • The shipping industry and carbon emissions
  • Digital healthcare in the UAE

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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