Issue 23: ​Plan Al Ain 2030.
                      
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Sustainable agriculture will be the key for a healthier planet. Abu Dhabi is using strategy and vision in creating more efficient, productive and sustainable forms of agriculture. The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), in conjunction with local agencies, is helping it do exactly that.

The Mubadala Development Company is an insightful case study on how a government can leverage its resources to create a knowledgebased economy. The Dhs243.6 billion firm is strategically investing in clean energy, aerospace, infrastructure and a lot of other exciting ventures.

Aerospace, tourism and education will converge to make Al Ain 2030 a grand success. With a young, dynamic national workforce, Al Ain has all the makings of a global economic hub. Moreover, it will also help Abu Dhabi achieve its Economic Vision 2030, which includes diversifying its economy away from oil and creating a sustainable economic growth pattern.

Abu Dhabi’s non-oil sector is growing steadily and contributes 50.2% of the GDP. The emirate’s trade balance is also shifting in its favour. The volume of non-oil foreign export trade for Abu Dhabi stood at Dhs111.2 billion in the first eight months of 2015.

Etihad Rail will connect the UAE to the GCC region and create unparalleled economic opportunities. It will cover a network of 1,200 kms and boast a capacity of 50 million tonnes. Capitalising on UAE’s strategic geographical position, it will connect to major ports and enable the transporation of a significant volume of goods.

The UAE is embracing cleaner forms of energy, such as nuclear and renewable power. The aim is to increase the share of renewable energy to 30 per cent between now and 2020/30, and reduce that of natural gas by 70 per cent...
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