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Chapter | Utilities from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2017

With widespread coverage of potable water, wastewater and electricity networks, Abu Dhabi maintains utility services that are on a par, if not better than, many countries in Europe and North America. At the same time, the emirate’s government has been committed for many years to boosting power and water infrastructure further, with 2017 seeing some of the world’s most advanced projects in...

While reduced oil prices are undoubtedly a concern for the emirate’s authorities, economic diversification efforts of recent years mean Abu Dhabi is well placed to weather a prolonged period of subdued prices. Vision 2030 meanwhile contains a raft of goals that will further reduce the emirate’s reliance on hydrocarbons, and continue to foster the emergence of a more sustainable and knowledge-based economy in the years ahead.

As Abu Dhabi looks to fulfil economic diversification targets as part of both its medium- and long-term development strategies, its already strong industrial base continues to develop as a key facilitator of this goal.

In an effort to diversify its economy and increase employment opportunities for its growing population, Abu Dhabi is encouraging development in its downstream industrial sectors, with an emphasis on the aerospace industry.

 

Al Gharbia encompasses the western part of the emirate of Abu Dhabi and, at 35,250 sq km (59% of Abu Dhabi emirate), is also larger than any other emirate in the UAE. The region is bound by a 350-km northern coastline, Saudi Arabia to the west and south, the Al Ain region to the east and the Abu Dhabi region to the north-east.

 

With Al Gharbia’s population having tripled in the last decade and expected to double its 2010 levels by 2030, the need for accommodation as well as office and residential facilities for new residents has prompted a flurry of real estate development.