The UAE government has always viewed overseas investments as a security for future generations which will one day face a depletion of the country’s natural energy resources. The UAE fulfills this objective by investing through the nation’s investment vehicles. Such investment funds have wisely reinvested the nations’ oil revenues into foreign assets to achieve long term benefits. 



Inward investment, has been more focused on developing the infrastructure of the UAE. Funds were directed at alternative sources of energy, tourism, transportation, education, healthcare, defense, industries and manufacturing.


Investment institutions


• The Abu Dhabi Fund For Development(ADFD)


Launched in 1971 and is regarded as Abu Dhabi’s oldest government fund, ADFD manages approximately Dh 4 billion in assets. Serving as Abu Dhabi’s aid program, ADFD gives grants and loans to small projects in developing countries. ADFD has invested in 52 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Central and South Asia.


• Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA)


Established in 1976, ADIA well known as a global institutional investor, a responsible and trusted provider of capital. ADIA manages a diversified portfolio that includes holdings across various different sectors. ADIA’s objective is to deliver long term financial returns achieving the nations economic outlook. ADIA does not seek active management of the companies it invests in.


• Mubadala Development Company


Mubadala manages a multibillion dollar portfolio of local, regional and international investments. Mubadala executes Abu Dhabi’s economic diversification vision by having an evident presence domestically and internationally in sectors such as energy, real estate, health care, education, aerospace, technology, infrastructure and services. Unlike ADIA, Mubadala may take controlling interest in companies in which it invests.


• Abu Dhabi Investment Company “Invest AD”


The Abu Dhabi Investment Company was founded in 1977 originally to invest on behalf of the Abu Dhabi government. In 2007 the company was given a new mandate, to attract and manage third-party funds, in addition to the investment of government assets. To reflect this strategy, “Invest AD” was adopted as a brand name in mid-2009.  Owned by the Abu Dhabi Investment Council, Invest AD is closely aligned with the long-term diversification and growth objectives of the Abu Dhabi authorities as clearly expressed in the government’s long-term strategy, the Abu Dhabi 2030 Vision.


• International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC)


The International Petroleum Investment Company, IPIC, was formed by the Abu Dhabi government in 1984, tasked with an ambitious mandate to invest in hydrocarbons industries across the globe. IPIC's investment portfolio is estimated to be worth more than US$14 billion. In consequence, the company now has major stakes in fourteen world leading hydrocarbons companies. Through careful consideration and investment, IPIC has continued to grow exponentially and maximize value for its shareholder, the Government of Abu Dhabi.


• Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD)


ICD was formed in May 2006, with the transfer of the government's portfolio of investments from The Department of Finance's Investment Division. Its role is to supervise the  Dubai government's investment portfolio adding value through the implementation of world best-practice corporate governance, the recruitment of the best people and the embracing of a global investment strategy. ICD owns 60% of Borse Dubai which owns Dubai Financial Market and NASDAQ Dubai.


• Dubai Holdings


Dubai holding is one of Dubai’s major investment vehicles. Dubai Holdings controls several subsidiaries including Dubai International Capital and Dubai Group.


Dubai International Capital - Dubai International Capital LLC is a Dubai-based international investment company with a primary focus on private and public equity. It was established in 2004 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Dubai Holding with the mandate to build an international portfolio of diverse business assets across a broad range of industries in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA).


Dubai Group - Dubai Group is the leading diversified financial services company of Dubai holding focusing Banking, Investments and insurance both regionally and globally. Dubai Group is headquartered in Dubai, with offices in Pittsburgh, New York, Istanbul, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, the Group’s areas of operation span the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region, the European Union (EU), North America, Asia and the CIS countries.


• Dubai World


Dubai World operates a highly diversified spectrum of industrial segments and plays a major role in the emirate's rapid economic growth.  Its portfolio comprises some of the world’s best known companies and a number of outstanding projects.  This includes  DP World, one of the largest marine terminal operators in the world; Drydocks World & Dubai Maritime City designed to turn Dubai into a major ship-building and maritime hub; Economic Zones World which operates several free zones around the world including Jafza and TechnoPark in Dubai; Nakheel the property developer behind iconic projects such as The Palm Islands and The World among others; Leisurecorp a global sports and leisure investment group, reshaping the industry by unlocking value across investment, development and brand opportunities; and Istithmar World, the group's investment arm that has a global footprint in finance, capital, leisure, aviation and various other business ventures.