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Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi

$4bn new Abu Dhabi industries move to production phase

ABU DHABI, August 15, 2023

The Abu Dhabi Industrial Strategy (ADIS) launched in June 2022 has seen AED15.36 billion ($4.18 billion) in capital investments made by manufacturing facilities moving to production phase, a growth of 85.7% from a year earlier. 
As a result, total capital investments by manufacturers operating in the emirate grew AED12.42 billion to AED384.06 billion in the same period, up from AED371.64 billion a year ago.
Led by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (Added), ADIS aims to strengthen the emirate’s position as the region’s premier industrial hub by doubling the size of industrial sector to AED172 billion, creating 13,600 new skilled jobs, and increasing the emirate’s non-oil exports to AED178.8 billion by 2031.
Transformational programmes
The strategy involves an investment of AED10 billion across six transformational programmes: Talent Development, Industry 4.0, Circular Economy, Ecosystem Enablement, Homegrown Supply Chain, and Value Chain Development.
Meanwhile, the number of operational manufacturers in the emirate now stands at 966, up from 922 manufacturers at the end of H1 2022.
Increased activity has been registered across all three stages of Abu Dhabi’s manufacturer licensing journey: Rowad (initial licence to establish an industrial company), construction (to begin constructing an industrial facility) and production (to commence operations).
The 12-month period from July 2022 to June 2023 recorded a 16.6% increase in the number of new industrial Rowad licences granted in Abu Dhabi, from 204 to 238. 116 new Rowad industrial licences were issued during H1 2023 alone, an increase of 63.3% from the number issued in H1 2022.
Doubling down
Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi, Chairman of Added, said: “Added is doubling down on its efforts to enhance Abu Dhabi’s competitiveness through a new multi-polar economic strategy, where the industrial strategy sits at its core. As an ambitious blueprint to guide the emirate’s manufacturing sector, the Abu Dhabi Industrial Strategy has ushered in a new era in the economic landscape that leverages innovation and advanced technologies to harmonise human development, sustainability and growth.”
Al Zaabi added: “The robust performance of the manufacturing sector is testament to Abu Dhabi’s ongoing economic resilience. Our manufacturing sector, which contributed 16.4% to Abu Dhabi’s non-oil GDP in 2022 and represents 49.9% of the total industrial sector in the UAE, is moving from strength to strength, powered by successful implementation of the industrial strategy’s transformational programmes to enhance the sector’s competitiveness by increasing access to financing, enhancing ease of doing business, and attracting domestic and foreign direct investments.”
Over the past year, the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB), Added’s industrial sector development arm, has launched several initiatives to deliver on the goals of the strategy, including the Industrial Talent Programme, which is helping attract, develop, and upskill human capital in the industrial sector to meet the increased demand for knowledge-based jobs. IDB also launched ‘Tech Champions’, a pilot programme to equip employees of food manufacturing factories in Abu Dhabi with Industry 4.0 skills, which graduated its first cohort in May 2023.
Industry 4.0 transition
During the year, IDB also unveiled a smart manufacturing competence centre to support sector-wide Industry 4.0 transition, an incentive programme to support existing industrial SMEs adopt smart manufacturing methods and processes, and a value chain development programme to further enhance the industrial investment ecosystem.
Additionally, Added signed agreements with a number of leading global companies to enhance industry innovation and digital transformation, and nurture emerging talent by training UAE Nationals through in-country, global and virtual programmes on technology, business and behavioural skills.
Positive outlook
Preliminary estimates from H1 2023 highlight the robustness of Abu Dhabi’s industrial growth, with an increase in the number of investors and new industrial projects:
*116 new industrial Rowad licences were issued in Abu Dhabi in the first six months of 2023 (an increase of 63.3% from the 71 licenses issued in H1 2022)
*AED1.54 billion in government tenders were awarded to ICV certified companies in H1 2023 (58.7% growth from AED0.97 billion awarded in H1 2022)
*The number of manufacturers enrolled in the Electricity Tariff Incentive Programme (ETIP 1.0) grew to 68 in H1 2023 (up 54.5% from 44 manufacturers in H1 2022)
*Abu Dhabi companies benefiting from ETIP 1.0 increased their spending on logistics by 19.3% compared to H1 2022. The percentage of skilled employees in these companies rose from 41% in H1 2022 to 43% in H1 2023
*The number of manufacturers that joined the Golden List initiative, which aims to increase the demand for locally manufactured goods through government procurement, increased to 164 establishments (up by 29.1% from 127 in H1 2022)
*The number of products registered in the Golden List increased to 742 products in H1 2023 (a growth of 4.3% from 711 in H1 2022). -- TradeArabia News Service


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