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Abu Dhabi’s GDP expands 11.2% in the first half of 2022

  • 11.6% growth of non-oil GDP in the first half of 2022.
  • Real GDP exceeds AED 543 billion by the end of the first half.
  • 50.3% contribution of non-oil sectors to the real GDP.
  • The quarterly GDP growth rate reaches the highest level in six (6) years.

Abu Dhabi, UAE: Statistics Centre – Abu Dhabi (SCAD) has announced statistical data that show expansion of Abu Dhabi’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the first half of 2022, reaching 11.2% compared to the same period last year. The growth reflects the Emirate’s robust performance and the ability of the economy to maintain competitiveness and sustain growth despite global economic challenges.

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According to estimates announced by SCAD, the quarterly GDP growth rate reached its highest value in six (6) years during the second quarter of 2022 which hit 11.7% compared to the same quarter last year.

At the end of the first half of 2022, the real GDP value (at constant prices) exceeded AED 543 billion, and the value of the non-oil sectors’ GDP increased AED 28.4 billion compared to the same period last year to reach AED 273 billion in total.

Key Economic Activities that Grew at Constant Prices.

The statistical estimates show that all non-oil economic activities and sectors showed positive growth rates at constant prices during the first half of 2022, most notably, the health and social work activity rising at a rate of 29.9%, followed by accommodation and food services at a rate of 29.3%, and professional, scientific and support services at a rate of 27.2%, wholesale and retail trade activity at a rate of 23.7%, real estate activities at a rate of 19.1%, and electricity, gas, water, and waste management at 18.0%, followed by 13.8% for transportation and storage.

Economic activities’ contribution to GDP

According to the results, the leading economic activities that contributed to the GDP of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi at constant prices during the first half of 2022 included manufacturing activities with the contribution of 8.1%, while showing a growth rate of 10.2%. In addition, the construction and building activity contributed to the real GDP with 7.7%, and achieved a growth rate of 6.9%, followed by the wholesale and retail trade activity that contributed 5.9% to the GDP. The financial and insurance activities contributed 5.5% to the GDP, with a growth rate of 9.1% during the first half of 2022 compared to the same period last year.

H.E. Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) said: “Economy’s positive growth rates in Abu Dhabi reflect the profound strength and success of the economic diversification policy, which contributed to the economy’s resilience and ability to address global changes posed by geopolitical and economic factors that directly affected strategic sectors such as energy and international trade.”

His Excellency added: “The Abu Dhabi economy continues to reap the benefits of the effective policies guided by the wise leadership to strengthen the pillars and foundations of the economy, maintaining a competitive performance while attracting investments with more initiatives to achieve the strategic objectives of Abu Dhabi.”

H.E. Rashed Abdul Karim Al Balooshi, Undersecretary of ADDED, said: “The vital performance of the Emirate’s economy over the last few years resulted in remarkable growth rates in the non-oil sectors during the first half of 2022, reflecting a competitive outlook of Abu Dhabi’s business ecosystem. Abu Dhabi implemented economic programs in recent years to facilitate the establishment and operation of new businesses across the Emirate giving the necessary factors that can stimulate growth in various sectors.”

H.E. Ahmed Mahmoud Fikri, Director General of the Statistics Centre – Abu Dhabi, said: “Statistical estimates reflect the ability of Abu Dhabi’s economy to sustain rapid growth and respond quickly to plans and efforts to diversify the economic base and stimulus packages. The strategic plans and stimulus packages have produced huge growth, as most economic activities continue to expand with full alignment of economic sectors at the emirate level.”


Contribution of oil and non-oil sectors to GDP

According to data released by SCAD, the mining and quarrying activities (including crude oil and natural gas) contributed 49.7% to the real GDP of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi during the first half of 2022, which means non-oil activities contributed 50.3% at constant prices defying the noticeable increases of global oil prices during the same period. The increase in the non-oil sector’s contribution to the real GDP proves the success of the ambitious strategic plans for diversifying the economic base in Abu Dhabi.

SCAD produces regular estimates of the GDP based on several statistical indicators and administrative records according to international standards and scientific methodologies to measure the effectiveness of economic programs and strategic plans to assist decision-makers in meeting the requirements for sustainability and economic growth.

About the Statistics Centre – Abu Dhabi (SCAD)

The Statistics Centre – Abu Dhabi (SCAD) was established by Law No. (7) of 2008 to organize and develop statistical work in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The SCAD’s role has been reregulated in 2021 and started to report to the Abu Dhabi Executive Office. It adopted a decentralized methodology in statistical work, in order to support decision-makers and entrepreneurs to devise strategic plans and policies and advance Abu Dhabi’s comprehensive and sustainable development.

SCAD has an independent legal personality and full financial independence, as well as full legal capacity to work in line with the Emirate’s directions towards achieving sustainable economic and social development goals and the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, under the supervision of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.

Based on the law amendment, SCAD is now responsible for building a unified system for Abu Dhabi’s statistical information and unifying and managing all aspects of statistical work in the Emirate. This includes development and regulation of statistical frames for all activities and sectors and updating them periodically, as well as providing technical supervision of statistical work and data systems at government entities. That, in addition to collecting, classifying, storing, analyzing, processing, archiving, publishing, and protecting Abu Dhabi’s statistical data obtained from various data sources.

SCAD is also responsible for making, developing, and disseminating estimates, projections, extrapolations, and forecasts. Additionally, the Centre is tasked with supporting government entities and transferring knowledge and expertise, thereby enabling them to provide reliable and accurate statistics. SCAD is also authorized to contract with any entity or company within or outside the Emirate to undertake data collection and other statistical activities.

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