Invest in Tomorrow: Abu Dhabi’s Economic Transition

organized by the UAE
Session Type
Session Themes
UAE Partnerships
Room number
Hall 6 Room 14
Background Documents
18 October 2023
10:00 - 12:30 Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, the thriving capital of the United Arab Emirates, presents a compelling opportunity for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) due to its strategic location, strong infrastructure, and proactive economic policies. As a prominent player in the global economy, Abu Dhabi has strategically leveraged FDI to attract key industries, such as energy, manufacturing, technology, tourism, and financial services. These investments not only enhance the local economy but also create a ripple effect by stimulating job creation, and fostering the transfer of advanced technologies. 

FDI plays a pivotal role in shaping the industrial landscape, propelling Abu Dhabi towards diversification, innovation, and sustainable economic development. Abu Dhabi's investment-friendly policies, robust legal framework, and transparent regulatory environment create a conducive atmosphere for businesses to thrive and flourish. Furthermore, the UAE’s commitment to research and development initiatives ensures that industrialization is intertwined with innovation, cultivating a culture of continuous progress and creativity. 

This event serves as a platform for driving Abu Dhabi's economic development towards a sustainable and prosperous future. By embracing startups, SMEs, innovation, and industrialization, the UAE aims to foster a dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem, spur innovation, and secure its position as a global leader in the 21st century economy.  Collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors, policymakers, and investors are set to propel Abu Dhabi's growth, ensuring enduring prosperity for the nation and its people. 

Session themes: 

  • What opportunities and challenges arise when attracting FDI amidst rapid advancements in the era of industry? 
  • How do FDI inflows catalyze technological advancements and foster industrialization?  
  • What roles do startups and SMEs play in building stronger economies and how can their potential be maximized?  


Knowledge Partner, International Business Advisor
Undersecretary, Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development
Acting Executive Director of FDI, Abu Dabi Investment Office (ADIO)
Head of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Investment and Technology Promotion Office in the Kingdom of Bahrain (ITPO Bahrain)
Chief Executive Officer, Ittihad International Investment LLC
Managing Director and Head of Sustainability Investments, Gulf Capital
Principal Economist, Investment Monitor and Head of FDI Services, GlobalData
Secretary General, International Network for Small and Medium sized Enterprises (INSME)
Chief Executive Officer, Halliday Growth
Serial Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Executive Board Member and Investor, ReDev GmbH
Founder and Managing Partner, Plus Venture Capital Ltd


Middle East and Business Correspondent
Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Injaz Capital