"To make Abu Dhabi the most competitive
industrial hub in the region"
A double-sized investment
Increase the size of and investment in the industrial sector by More than doubling its GDP to 172 Bn AED
Opportunities for employment
Create new 13,600 futuristic job in the industrial sectors
Global Market Access
Improve Abu Dhabi's non-oil trade to global markets by AED 178.8 billion
Abu Dhabi Industrial Strategy
Launched by His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Abu Dhabi Industrial Strategy (ADIS) aims at paving the way to position Abu Dhabi as the number one industrial hub in the region through an investment of AED10 billion by the Abu Dhabi Government. The strategy aims to contribute to the vision of the Emirate to pose greater focus on knowledge-based industries in the future, contribute to the global competitiveness of the industrial sector of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, contribute to UAE national strategy operation 300b, address the requirements of UAE Net Zero 2050, and achieve Sustainable Development Goals.
Abu Dhabi's Targeted Sectors
The strategy focuses on the following manufacturing sectors:
Machinery & Equipment
ADIS Strategic Programs
The Abu Dhabi Industrial Strategy (ADIS) is underpinned by 6 transformational programs; To enhance ease of doing business, provide access to finance, utilize market openness, solid infrastructure and utilities ecosystem and public and private sector collaboration.
The circular economy programme will drive industry-wide sustainability by enabling responsible industrial production and consumption. A robust circular economy regulatory framework for waste, recycling, and consumption will be developed and implemented, alongside policies that encourage ESG (environmental, social and governance), green procurement, and incentives for improved environmental sustainability.
Ecosystem enablers include a digital geographic information system (GIS) mapping for industrial land search and a unified inspection programme for quality control. Further enhancements to ease of doing business is also a key focus, through reimbursement incentive programmes for government fees, land rebates, R&D, and tax, as well as streamlining customs processes and costs, and introducing regulatory reform around industrial and housing laws.
Home Grown Supply Chain
The homegrown supply chain programme will build industrial sector resilience by increasing self-sufficiency and promoting domestic products. The already extensive Abu Dhabi Golden List, which encourages government procurement of high-demand, locally manufactured products, is being expanded; whilst access to foreign markets will be eased through a comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA), as well as a bilateral trade agreement programme. Locally manufactured products will also be purchased and provided as part of foreign aid.
As well as creating 13,000 skilled jobs by 2031, with a focus on Emirati talent, the talent development programme will assess industry-wide competencies, and offer upskilling programmes to fill skills gaps and meet future needs. Job placement programmes will offer rewarding career pathways in high-demand areas.
The Industry 4.0 programme will accelerate business growth through the widespread adoption of new technologies and processes. Their integration will spur competitiveness and innovation, backed by initiatives including a smart manufacturing funding programme, a smart assessment index, and competency centres that provide training and knowledge sharing.
Value Chain Development
To drive local infrastructure development for end-to-end integration, a supply chain equity investments fund will be established. In addition, offsets will be offered to support industrial funding, and the Abu Dhabi Channel Partners initiative will incentivise foreign direct investment (FDI). Infrastructure enhancement progammes in Al Ain and Al Dhafrah will further strengthen the ecosystem.