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Updated: Dec 30, 2020

The Abu Dhabi Investment Office’s (ADIO) Innovation Programme provides incentives to innovative businesses within high-growth areas including Financial Services, Tourism, AgTech, Information Communications & Technology (ICT) and Health Services & Biopharma, among others.

The programme includes AED 2 billion (USD 545 million) of globally competitive financial as well as non-financial incentives providing support to innovative businesses, allowing them to grow and deliver ideas that have the potential to benefit the region and the world.

Financial Services

Why Abu Dhabi:

  • Abu Dhabi contributes 60% of the UAE’s GDP

  • There are over 120 financial service providers in the emirate

  • Home to the region’s only digital sandbox for financial services


Why Abu Dhabi:

  • The emirate is set across 200 beautiful and unique islands

  • In 2019, Abu Dhabi welcomed over 11M visitors from around the world

  • Abu Dhabi has been voted the Safest City in the World 4 years in a row


Why Abu Dhabi:

  • The emirate has more than 24,000 farms across 75,000 hectares of land

  • Abu Dhabi is building the world’s largest R&D indoor vertical farm

  • In 2020, ADIO partnered with Nanoracks to extend the emirate’s AgTech ecosystem into space

Information & Communications Technology (ICT)

Why Abu Dhabi:

  • Abu Dhabi was the 1st capital city in the world to achieve 100% fibre-to-home broadband connectivity and boasts the world’s fastest mobile network

  • The emirate is the ‘Smartest City’ in the Middle East and North Africa region

  • Abu Dhabi is home to the world’s first AI university

Health Services & Biopharma

Why Abu Dhabi?

  • Abu Dhabi is home to leading healthcare institutions including Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and John Hopkins

  • The emirate is #1 in global COVID-19 testing capacity (300,000 tests per month)

  • In 2019, the Department of Health launched the Genome Program using AI to improve the health and wellbeing of the residents in the emirate


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