Issue 21: ​Shopping Success.
The UAE’s position as a regional powerhouse and leader can be attributed to the ambitious longterm views of its leaders. This is borne out by Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030, which sets key targets to build “a sustainable and diversified, high-value-added economy”. These targets are being achieved according to organisations such as the World Economic Forum.
One of the UAE’s most effective long-term strategies is to diversify sources of growth whilst enriching the country’s technological and human capital capacity to create a knowledge-based economy. Innovation plays a central role in achieving this target.​​


The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) manages the second largest sovereign wealth fund in the world. It takes a longterm, low-risk, global investment approach in a wide variety of asset classes. This strategy has provided steady returns.

The UAE is famed for its shopping, and Abu Dhabi’s retail offering has been expanding at a steady pace. Retail space in Abu Dhabi rose from 2.2 million square metres in 2013 to 2.6 million by the second quarter of this year, and there’s plenty more in the offing.
Captain Mohammed Juma Al Shamsi, the CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), highlights the company’s rapid growth, the importance of innovation and its positive role in economic diversification. According to the latest figures, ADPC is set for record growth this year.




The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council is responsible for Abu Dhabi’s urban environments and carries with it the weight of shaping both the UAE’s capital and the wider emirate for the future. Its approach to sustainability is based on four equal pillars: environmental, economic, social and cultural. 


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