Our operations

Mubadala's business is structured around four global business platforms that together encompass our interests across 11 sectors and over 20 countries. These platforms allow us to scale and manage our portfolio for growth while maintaining the highest international standards of governance and risk management.

Aerospace & Engineering Services

"Mubadala’s Aerospace and Engineering Services platform is leveraging the UAE’s competitive advantages to advance the development of a leading aerospace hub in Abu Dhabi, capitalize on global trends in ICT, and contribute to the next phase of integration in the country’s defense services sector."

Homaid Al Shemmari

Chief Executive Officer, Aerospace & Engineering Services

The UAE has long focused on investment in industry sectors where it has clear competitive advantages, zeroing in on areas with long-term potential that are energy, capital and technology-intensive. Mubadala’s Aerospace and Engineering Services platform is executing a strategy that capitalizes on these strengths focusing on businesses operating in the aerospace, defense services and information and communications technology (ICT) sectors.

Airlines in the region are driving the next phase of global commercial aviation growth, capitalizing on passenger and cargo traffic that is expected to grow globally by 5 percent and 4.7 percent respectively on an annual basis. New aircraft orders in the same period are expected to reach nearly 37,000, valued at US $5.2 trillion. Mubadala’s key focus is on aerostructures manufacturing, advanced maintenance and specialized finance that support the UAE’s emergent aerospace industry.

Mubadala is helping to drive home the UAE’s advantages through global partnerships with Airbus, Boeing, GE and Rolls Royce, and the creation of Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park, a dedicated hub for aerospace activities such as manufacturing, pilot training, and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) that will set a global benchmark in the aerospace sector.

Our Aerospace and Engineering Services platform has also re-positioned its defense services portfolio through formation of a joint venture with Tawazun called Emirates Defense Industries Company. This involves the unification of the defense assets of each organization which will present new opportunities and unlock value. Defense spending in the region is projected to grow by an estimated 3.48 percent between 2015 and 2019, and a range of Mubadala companies are providing innovative solutions to ensure the highest level of aircraft readiness, fleet deployability and safety for military operators.

Mubadala is working to position the UAE as a key regional ICT hub for mobile network, data delivery and infrastructure as well as global satellite services. Global mobile data traffic is expected to grow at 57 percent CAGR for the next five years, with mobile data connection speeds more than doubling in the same period. The market for mobile satellite services is set to surpass US $3.2 billion by the year 2020, and the industry is expected to grow at an annualized 3.8 percent over the next ten years. Through the launch of Yahsat’s first two satellites, Mubadala has demonstrated its commitment as a stable partner to the UAE’s growing connectivity ambitions.



Rising demand in the global aviation sector and the rapid expansion of GCC airlines, coupled with the UAE’s status as a major hub, has created significant opportunities for Abu Dhabi in the aerospace sector.

Through a focus on technology, capital and energyintensive areas, and the development of a highly-skilled local workforce, Mubadala is leveraging Abu Dhabi’s competitive advantages to position the emirate in industries ranging from aerostructures manufacturing to advanced maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO).

With original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) relying heavily on composite materials in next generation aircraft production, and increasing requirements for MRO services as well as specialized financing solutions, our aerospace businesses – including Strata, already a Tier 1 supplier to Boeing and Airbus – are poised to make a global impact.

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Sector Trends

  • Airbus estimates that fleets around the world are set to double by 2032, with Asia at the forefront of growth.
  • Etihad Airways, the UAE’s national airline, began operating aircraft with primary parts manufactured by Strata in 2013.
  • Strata is aiming to become one of the top five companies globally in the manufacture and assembly of aerostructures.

2014 Highlights

Renewed engine services capabilities

Mubadala sold the airframe and components business of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) to Etihad Airways, and retained ADAT’s engine services division as a platform for future growth – TS&S Aerospace was subsequently launched.

Tier 1 status strengthened

Building on proven performance and capability, Airbus agreed for Strata to become its sole supplier on the A330 Aileron Assembly program, and Boeing approved its first 787 parts received from Strata.

Enhanced manufacturing capability

Piaggio Aerospace opened a new manufacturing center of excellence for unmanned aircraft systems, aircraft and engines in Villanova d’Albenga, Italy.

Talent pipeline

Mubadala and UAE University officially launched an Aerospace Engineering program aimed at preparing engineering students for careers in the nation’s growing aerospace industry.

US $1 billion

Since launch, Sanad’s profits have reached US $100 million, with 2014 seeing Sanad’s total investments reach US $1 billion and US $100 million in revenue.

Extending partnerships across the globe

SR Technics and Japan Airlines (JAL) extended their existing partnership by signing an exclusive long-term cooperation agreement for engine services, valued at US $220 million.


Defense Services

The UAE defense sector includes a range of mature businesses that have evolved within several national holding companies. As the UAE Armed Forces move toward outsourcing key services in order to maintain quality and value, the commercial and strategic benefits of a unified national defense platform have become clear.

In 2014, Mubadala partnered with Tawazun Holding and Emirates Advanced Investments Group (EAIG) to establish Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC), an integrated national defense and manufacturing company that brings together the combined capabilities of the UAE’s defense industries into a single integrated platform to enhance value for clients, shareholders, partners and other stakeholders.

The new company is a game-changer, enhancing strategic alignment in a critical sector, providing a single window of access to a range of services, and positioning the UAE industry for regional business.

Sector Trends

  • Adaptation, collaboration and investment have emerged as the top priority defense management strategies at mid-decade. Deloitte Global Defense Outlook 2014
  • Defense spending in the Middle East accounts for 7.8 percent of global expenditure, with services required to maintain readiness across the supply chain. Global Risk Insights (GRI)
  • 40 different types of military aircraft will be serviced at the new AMMROC facility, scheduled for completion in 2016.

2014 Highlights

Consolidation of defense capabilities

Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC) was launched and will comprise eleven companies from the subsidiaries of Mubadala, Tawazun Holding and EAIG at the conclusion of the first phase of integration.

Anchor at Nibras

AMMROC commenced construction of its new facility, which upon completion will be one of the largest dedicated MRO centers in the world, and an anchor tenant at Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park.

New systems to support expansion

AMMROC implemented an innovative Oracle IT system to support its expansion plans. The program, which was designed to enable accurate and responsive collaboration among all parties involved in air fleet maintenance, was executed within 28 days, a milestone for the company.

Training the next generation

Al Taif Technical Services’ training school has graduated 24 Local National Apprentices (LNAs) to date. The intensive one-year mechanical and electrical training program is designed to expand the national workforce within Al Taif.


Information &
Communications Technology

Robust information and communications infrastructure is critical to the region’s economic and social development, and requirements for connectivity are surging. Coupled with exponential growth in global demand for data capacity, this is creating enormous opportunity for Abu Dhabi and the UAE as a hub for high-tech ICT infrastructure and operations.

Mubadala is playing a key role in bringing cutting-edge ICT services, capabilities and job opportunities to the UAE and beyond, thereby creating the conditions for further growth in a rapidly-evolving sector. Today, our ICT companies directly or indirectly deliver access/connectivity services to customers on three continents.

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Sector Trends

  • About 2.5 billion people are connected to the Internet – a third of the global population. This is predicted to rise to 4 billion users by 2020, over half the world’s population. International Telecommunication Union
  • The UAE leads the world in fiber-to-the-home penetration at 72 percent. Panorama Research
  • The launch of Yahsat’s third satellite in 2016 will extend Ka-band coverage across Africa and mark its entry into South America, directly or indirectly delivering access to 600 million users on both continents.

2014 Highlights

YahClick growth

Yahsat had approximately 34,000 global subscribers for its satellite broadband service, YahClick, by the end of 2014, representing significant growth of more than 42 percent during the year.

Accolades for Yahsat in Africa

Yahsat received SatCom’s “Satellite Operator of the Year” award in Africa. It has become the leading Ka-band satellite broadband service across the continent.

6 MW IT power in 2014

Khazna Data Center’s two facilities launched operations in 2014 with 6 MW of initial combined IT power.

Over 21 million subscribers

Etisalat Nigeria surpassed 21 million subscribers in 2014, accounting for a 15 percent share of a competitive Nigerian market.

Expansion in broadband services

YahClick has thus far been rolled out across 14 countries out of its 28-country footprint, seven of which are in sub-Saharan Africa.

40,000+ UAE end-users served

Injazat provides world-class data center solutions to more than 40,000 end-users in the UAE, and is the owner and operator of the Middle East's first Tier IV design-certified data center.

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