Abu Dhabi Investment Office opens eight global offices to attract investors

Abu Dhabi Investment Office opens eight global offices to attract investors
Abu Dhabi has been increasingly targeting technology and disruptive startups to diversify its economy away from oil. (AFP file photo)
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Updated 14 January 2021

Abu Dhabi Investment Office opens eight global offices to attract investors

Abu Dhabi Investment Office opens eight global offices to attract investors
  • Abu Dhabi has been increasingly targeting technology and disruptive startups to diversify its economy away from oil

DUBAI: The Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) has set up eight new offices in Tel Aviv, New York, San Francisco, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Beijing and Seoul, in an effort to attract investors, the state news agency WAM reported.
Abu Dhabi, a major oil producer and home to some of the world’s biggest sovereign wealth funds such as the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), has been increasingly targeting technology and disruptive startups to diversify its economy away from oil.
The network of offices, in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, expands ADIO’s reach in key overseas markets, where it is looking to attract innovative businesses to establish and grow in the emirate, WAM cited ADIO as saying in a statement.
ADIO’s international expansion complements its $545 million Innovation Programme, which provides financial and non-financial incentives to innovation-driven businesses in high-growth areas.


Riyadh investment forum sends ‘message of optimism’ with global linkup

FII is described as an international platform for debate between global leaders, investors and innovators. In 2019, 24 investment deals worth $20 billion were announced at the event. (AFP/File Photo)
FII is described as an international platform for debate between global leaders, investors and innovators. In 2019, 24 investment deals worth $20 billion were announced at the event. (AFP/File Photo)
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Riyadh investment forum sends ‘message of optimism’ with global linkup

FII is described as an international platform for debate between global leaders, investors and innovators. In 2019, 24 investment deals worth $20 billion were announced at the event. (AFP/File Photo)
  • FII embraces unique high-tech format in bid to reinvent global economy

DUBAI: Olympic medalists, political leaders, Nobel laureates and global CEOs are among speakers due to take part in the fourth edition of the Future Investment Initiative (FII), a two-day event that will embrace a hybrid format for the first time when it starts on Wednesday.

Jamaican eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt is one of the star speakers among the 150 names set to take part in the event, organized under the theme “The Neo-Renaissance.”

Travel restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic mean some speakers will attend in person in Riyadh, while many others will participate virtually from hubs in New York, Paris, Beijing and Mumbai.

Other high-profile speakers announced in recent days include Sen. Matteo Renzi, former prime minister of Italy; Kevin Rudd, former Australian prime minister; Alberto Fernandez, president of Argentina; and Bruno Le Maire, French finance and economy minister.

READ MORE: FII confirms over 140 global speakers for 2021 event

FII is described as an international platform for debate between global leaders, investors and innovators. In 2019, 24 investment deals worth $20 billion were announced at the event, as the Saudi Arabian economy opened up to foreign investment.

Richard Attias, CEO of organizing body the FII Institute, told Arab News that pandemic restrictions mean the 2021 event will be “totally different” from the first editions.

“But we still need to carry a message of optimism, a message that the global economy should not stop and cannot stop. This is why we are hosting this conversation in a unique format.

“The conversation will be about the rebirth of the global economy. In fact, this rebirth will be the neo-renaissance of the global economy. I hope this renaissance will positively affect all sectors. Under the leadership of the FII Institute, speakers and participants will discuss how the investment world, the sports industry, the sustainability industry — how all these industries will be reinvented.”

Attias said that the two-day event will embrace “first time ever” conference technology, “which is bringing together all participants in a virtual world.”