The Abu Dhabi Investment Office

The Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) is the government hub in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi that is responsible for attracting and facilitating foreign and domestic investment into Abu Dhabi. It supports the growth and diversification of Abu Dhabi’s private sector, in line with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030.

In fostering Abu Dhabi’s innovation ecosystem, ADIO enables opportunities that support long-term, sustainable success for investors and businesspeople based in the emirate and across the region.

ADIO was established by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) in 2019 under Law No. 1 2019 issued by the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. It is responsible for implementing a strategy to increase foreign direct investment in Abu Dhabi by supporting investors and companies looking to establish or expand in Abu Dhabi.

Why Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the perfect gateway to the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, combining world-class infrastructure with easy access to regional and global markets.

Strategic location

Over the past 50 years, Abu Dhabi has grown into a global business hub.

Today, Abu Dhabi is the perfect gateway to markets across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

With 33% of the world just a 4-hour flight away and 80% of the world reachable with an 8-hour flight, the emirate offers world-class infrastructure and connectivity across four time zones.

Many companies use Abu Dhabi as their hub to the world, including: 

  • Starzplay – subscription based, video-on-demand service that streams Hollywood and Arabic movies, TV shows, documentaries and more
  • Pure Harvest –  tech-enabled farming venture that uses cutting-edge food production systems to grow fresh fruits and vegetables in a climate-controlled environment
  • Nanoracks – the single largest commercial user of the International Space Station (ISS) and a provider of commercial access to low-Earth orbit 
  • FreshToHome – an e-grocery platform for fresh, chemical-free produce

The UAE capital

Abu Dhabi is a great place to do business, invest, live and work.

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE and the largest emirate – by size and GDP contribution. For you, that means quick, convenient access to government services and leading corporations headquartered in Abu Dhabi.

  • Abu Dhabi contributes 60% of the UAE’s total economy
  • Has a AAA credit rating
  • It is the largest emirate by size
  • 100% foreign ownership of companies
  • 0% corporate tax rates and 0% personal income tax

We have a strong and stable economy that supports long-term, sustainable growth within the private sector.

We are also proudly home to some of the world’s greatest cultural sites and events including the Sheikh Zayed Grand MosqueLouvre Abu DhabiAbu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit and many more. 

Talent

To innovate, you need access to the best human capital.

Abu Dhabi has a vibrant talent pool focusing on science, technology, engineering, mathematics and entrepreneurship.

Abu Dhabi is ranked 9th globally and 2nd regionally in the economic performance index of the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook (2020).

Our world-class higher-education institutions are fostering the next generation of innovators and leaders. The capital is home to more than 16 universities including Khalifa UniversitySorbonne University Abu DhabiINSEADNew York University Abu Dhabi and the UAE University in Al Ain.

The emirate is also home to the world’s first AI university – the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI).

Innovation programme

ADIO’s Innovation Programme provides incentives to a wide range of businesses in high-growth areas, including Financial Services, Tourism, AgTech, ICT and Healthcare & Biopharma, among others. 

The Innovation Programme includes globally competitive financial and non-financial incentives worth AED 2 billion ($545 million), providing support to innovative business. The programme enables them to grow and deliver ideas that can benefit the region and the world. 

Please contact our Investor Care team to find out more about the programme and its eligibility requirements.

Tourism

With over 11 million annual visitors, tourism is a burgeoning sector in Abu Dhabi offering unparalleled experiences across turquoise seas and into the golden desert.

Currently supporting more than 300,000 jobs, Abu Dhabi’s tourism sector enjoys significant investment of $7 billion per year. The sector is forecast to grow by more than 5% per year over the next decade.

We are committed to evolving the sector into a world-class destination through conserving, promoting and leveraging its natural landscapes, deep heritage, culture and leisure assets.

Why tourism in Abu Dhabi?

  • 200+ unique islands with 2,500 hectares of mangrove forest
  • 11.35 million tourists (2019)
  • 89% of visitors say they would visit again

Healthcare & Biopharma

Significant government investment in the healthcare industry is evident in the advanced medical care and research facilities serving Abu Dhabi.

We have established several prestigious partnerships to bring advanced healthcare technologies, best practices and world-class standards to the Abu Dhabi community.

Investment opportunities continue to emerge due to the robust growth potential of the healthcare sector in Abu Dhabi.

Over the past decade, there has been a remarkable increase in the number of health centres and clinics in the emirate, including Cleveland Clinic operated by Mubadala Healthcare and Al Tawam Hospital operated by Johns Hopkins University in Al Ain.

Why Healthcare & Biopharma in Abu Dhabi?

ICT

Abu Dhabi offers an advanced technology and telecommunications infrastructure with one of the world’s highest mobile telephone penetration rates.

According to the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TRA), there were approximately 2.3 million fixed lines in operation in the UAE, with 18.2 million active mobile subscribers (216% penetration) and 3.0 million broadband internet subscribers (2019).

We were the 1st capital city in the world to achieve 100% fibre-to-home broadband connectivity and are considered the smartest city in the MENA region.

Abu Dhabi champions innovation in the ICT sector, supported by the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA), the UAE’s telecom leader Etisalat and many private sector players. This makes the capital an attractive prospect for ICT investment.

Why ICT in Abu Dhabi?

AgTech

With year-round sunshine and plentiful land, Abu Dhabi is an attractive place for agriculture companies focusing on desert and arid climates.

AgTech companies come to the emirate to harness its ambition, ideas and innovation, taking on global food security challenges with cutting-edge solutions.

In 2020, ADIO announced partnerships under its Innovation Programme with AeroFarmsMadar FarmsRDIRNZFreshToHomePure Harvest and Nanoracks to support innovative R&D projects in the AgTech sector.

Why AgTech in Abu Dhabi?

  • 24,000+ farms across 75,000 hectares of land
  • 200+ food processors are already active in the UAE 
  • The world’s largest R&D indoor vertical farm being built in Abu Dhabi
  • UAE is 1st in the region and 11th globally on the World Bank’s Global Logistics Performance Index (2018) 
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Energy

Abu Dhabi is one of the world’s largest and most strategically placed energy producers. In addition to ongoing programs by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Masdar and others, the Abu Dhabi government has invested in cutting-edge renewable projects facilitating a transition to sustainable energy solutions.

Ambitious large-scale solar and nuclear projects are set to come online in the coming years to address the growing demand for clean energy. Abu Dhabi remains committed to making long-term investments in innovation and development of renewable energy and carbon capture technologies.

Why Abu Dhabi?Noor Abu Dhabi is the world’s largest single-site solar plantIn March 2020, Abu Dhabi marked the commissioning of nuclear operations with its Barakah nuclear power plant

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Media

With world-class production facilities, government incentives, advanced infrastructure and critical partnerships with international media players, Abu Dhabi is recognised as the region’s media and multimedia hub. Over the past decade, the emirate has cemented its position as a magnet for visionary storytellers and content creators from around the world.

The media sector is supported by twofour54, Abu Dhabi’s media free zone, which works to develop a thriving and sustainable media industry in the emirate. twofour54 provides the facilities, technology, and innovation to enable local, regional and international media expansion.

Despite already being home to some of the media sector’s most iconic brands and organisations, Abu Dhabi supports the growth of existing and new media companies with access to a global talent pool, a fast-paced ecosystem, and local and regional markets.

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Logistics

Abu Dhabi offers unmatched connectivity at the heart of global trade and transportation. The soon-to-be-open Abu Dhabi International Airport Midfield Terminal will boost Abu Dhabi’s aviation sector to meet increased demand and diversify the economy with numerous opportunities for the private sector and international investors. Abu Dhabi is further investing in extensive improvements to its existing ground infrastructure, with new projects including light rail, metro, ferries, railroad and a commercial high-speed hyperloop system.

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Education

Supported by consistent government investment and public-private partnerships, Abu Dhabi offers world-class education facilitates from early learning to graduate school.

Education is a key priority with concrete steps being taken to ensure that future generations are equipped with the tools and skills they need to lead. In addition to K-12 education, academic research has received significant investment and support.

Many local universities have expanded while other internationally recognised institutions have established campuses in Abu Dhabi such as Sorbonne, INSEAD and New York University.

Abu Dhabi is committed to fostering and harnessing the potential of its youth and providing the opportunities for the next generation of innovators to make their mark on the world.

Financial Services

Abu Dhabi is the region’s leading financial hub, distinguished by access to global markets and talent, complemented with a supportive regulatory framework.

The emirate’s banking, insurance and asset management sectors are driving the region’s tremendous growth.

The most notable organisations in the sector include the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA)First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) – the second-largest bank in the Middle East, the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX).

Why Financial Services in Abu Dhabi?

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