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Report | The Report: Abu Dhabi 2015

Hydrocarbons revenues still form the bulk of Abu Dhabi’s GDP and while falling prices are a concern, the emirate has been moving steadily towards its economic diversification targets in line with Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. The past 10 years has seen the non-oil sector expand strongly on the back of business-friendly government policies, as a result of which non-oil sector growth now outpaces that of the oil sector.

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Chapter | Legal Framework. from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2015

This chapter outlines the legal framework in which local and foreign investors operate in Abu Dhabi. It includes an overview of the court systems and arbitrations options, a breakdown of the various ways to establish a business in the emirate and a look ahead to the new company and foreign investment laws that are on the way.

Chapter | Table of Contents from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2015

Chapter | The Guide from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2015

The guide contains listings of some of the leading hotels and resorts in Abu Dhabi and contacts for government offices and services. It also offers useful tips and information for first-time or regular business and leisure visitors.

Chapter | Tax from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2015

This chapter contains an overview of the tax framework in which local and foreign investors operate in Abu Dhabi including a look at the limited tax laws in place and an outline of the incentives available for companies in the free zones.

Chapter | Al Ain from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2015

Just over 50% of Al Ain’s Emirati population is under 20 years old and this young labour force, coupled with efforts outlined in Plan Al Ain 2030 to promote diversification should see the metropolitan area of Al Ain become an economic centre moving forward. The region’s status as an aerospace industry hub is growing rapidly, with this set to generate both direct jobs in the industry and to provide employment and training in non-technical areas. Meanwhile the promotion of eco- and cultural tourism has helped boost visitor numbers to the region, with 641,000 hotel guest nights in 2013, up 12% year-on-year from 571,000, and accounting for 7.3% of all guest nights in the emirate.

Chapter | Telecoms & IT from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2015

The telecoms industry is valued at $7.9bn and currently accounts for 3% of national GDP with the sector witnessing expansion of 6.6% in 2013, comparing favourably with the country’s overall GDP growth of 5.2%. Meanwhile the ICT sector added $5.7bn in real terms to the economy in 2013, representing a rise of 13.2% and equivalent to 2.9% of GDP. Indeed ICT has been a government focus in recent years, representing both a target and an enabler of diversification in the emirate with the public sector acting as the main driver of ICT spending and investment. With this ongoing investment in the sector, Abu Dhabi is positioning itself to capture growing regional demand for technological services while simultaneously putting itself at the forefront of the Gulf’s high-tech future.