Developing new manufacturing industries will be one of the principal priorities for Abu Dhabi , the MEED Abu Dhabi 2013 Conference was told on 9 December.

“We would like 2014 to be the year for industry for the emirate,” said Ayman al-Makkawy, director-general of Abu Dhabi’s Industrial Development Bureau (IDB).

Al-Makkawy said manufacturing now accounted for about 6 per cent of Abu Dhabi’s gross domestic product (GDP). The Abu Dhabi vision calls for non-oil manufacturing to grow by 9 per cent a year to 2030. “This is a challenge,” Al-Makkawy said. “What is crucial is the need to enhance the manufacturing sector to grow in line with other high-performing sectors.”

The IDB was created on 4 November under law number eight of 2013. The IDB will promote the development of new manufacturing industries including in downstream petrochemicals and in iron and steel. The IDB will also support industries based on high-technology and knowledge capital.