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Shaping a world-leading business and lifestyle hub

Shaping a world-leading business and lifestyle hub

Al Maryah Island has been carefully designed as an aspirational address for investors, businesses, residents and tourists. Today, it is the world’s newest international financial center, in the heart of the nation’s capital, attracting businesses and visitors from around the world.

From Canary Wharf in London to Wall Street in New York City, Ali Eid Almheiri has scoured the world’s leading international financial centers for the best of what they do well. As Executive Director of Mubadala’s real estate and infrastructure unit, Almheiri is responsible for Mubadala’s development of Al Maryah Island – the prestigious business and lifestyle hub at the heart of Abu Dhabi.

“There’s a lot to learn from the world’s great financial hubs. We’ve taken many cues from La Défense in Paris to Singapore’s CBD and put those insights to work on Al Maryah Island to develop Abu Dhabi’s own international financial center.”

Mubadala’s interests in social and commercial infrastructure projects emerge from its mandate to support Abu Dhabi’s growth and economic diversification. 

“We’re focused on major projects that change the face and shape of the city. And premium developments like Al Maryah Island are what make Abu Dhabi Global Market, the capital’s financial free zone on the island, possible.”

“By providing international Grade-A office space, luxury hotels, residences, shopping and dining, Mubadala has created a distinguished environment on Al Maryah Island, attracting companies like JP Morgan, Deloitte and Accenture, as well as visitors from around the globe. Between Rosewood Abu Dhabi and The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, there are about 30 restaurants and 130 shops already open, and with Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi and Al Maryah Central coming in the near future, you can expect Al Maryah Island to continue to reflect the best of what an international financial center can be.”

At ADGM, we believe that embracing sustainable development is pivotal to the long-term success and overall growth of an international financial center. It is wonderful that Mubadala has created a master plan for Al Maryah Island that combines prime commercial office space with a mix of residential, retail and leisure destinations. ADGM is pleased to support this vision in enabling global businesses to thrive and giving the wider community an exciting urban hub seamlessly integrated with the fabric of Abu Dhabi.

Dhaher Bin Dhaher

CEO of Registration Authority


Abu Dhabi Global Markets is currently home to over 40 blue chip companies, creating an ecosystem of a leading and thriving international financial center.