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Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development Launches 'Industrial Talent Program' to Fuel Sector Growth

Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development Launches ‘Industrial Talent Program’ to Fuel Sector Growth

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) is taking proactive measures to meet the increasing demand for skilled professionals in the industrial sector. The department has introduced the groundbreaking ‘Industrial Talent Program’ aimed at enhancing and attracting top-notch human resources with expertise in knowledge-based jobs.

Unveiling the Industrial Talent Program: Empowering Abu Dhabi’s Workforce

Rashed Abdulkarim Al Blooshi, the Undersecretary of ADDED, unveiled the ambitious Industrial Talent Program during the inaugural Abu Dhabi Industrial Talent Majlis. This momentous event brought together more than 100 high-level executives representing diverse industries. The gathering focused on crucial topics such as optimizing the job market’s efficiency and the contribution of talented individuals to the overall talent landscape.

A Five-Year Strategy to Foster Supply-Demand Balance

The Industrial Talent Program is not just a short-term initiative; it is a comprehensive five-year strategy devised to bridge the gap between talent supply and industry demand. It encompasses a series of activities designed to achieve equilibrium in the sector. The program will facilitate informative sessions for students and employers, offer funded training opportunities, and introduce incentive programs to attract skilled individuals.

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Strategic Partnerships for Success

Several key entities are collaborating closely with ADDED to ensure the success of the Industrial Talent Program. These partners include the Abu Dhabi Human Resource Authority, the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, the Abu Dhabi Residents Office (ADRO), and ADDED’s Industrial Development Bureau (IDB). Their collective expertise and resources will contribute to the program’s effectiveness and help cultivate a thriving industrial workforce.

Aiming High: Abu Dhabi’s Investment in Talent Development

Recognizing the paramount importance of talent development, Abu Dhabi has allocated a substantial investment of AED 10 billion to achieve the objectives outlined in the Abu Dhabi Industrial Strategy (ADIS). These objectives encompass doubling the size of the manufacturing sector to AED 172 billion, generating over 13,600 skilled job opportunities, and boosting non-oil exports to AED 178.8 billion by 2031.

Arafat Al Yafei, the Executive Director of IDB, underscored Abu Dhabi’s unwavering focus on human development, sustainability, and building a smart economy. He emphasized that the launch of the Industrial Talent Program will accelerate the region’s transformation journey by addressing the supply side of the industrial transition.

Equipping Talent for Future Growth and Market Adaptation

Al Yafei stressed the significance of equipping talent with the necessary skills to foster future growth and proactively adapt to market trends and demands. He emphasized that businesses need to enhance their capabilities in the highly advanced and digitized industry to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving landscape.

Targeted Sectors for Maximum Impact

The Industrial Talent Program will initially prioritize sectors such as food manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, machinery, electrical and electronic products, and transportation. By investing in these crucial sectors, the program aims to bolster the overall industrial development of Abu Dhabi and establish a strong foundation for sustainable growth.


The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development’s launch of the ‘Industrial Talent Program’ marks a significant step towards attracting and nurturing skilled professionals in the industrial sector. With strategic partnerships, a long-term vision, and a focus on high-growth sectors, Abu Dhabi is positioning itself as a hub for talent-driven industrial development. By equipping individuals with the necessary skills and addressing the demands of a rapidly evolving market, the program is set to drive Abu Dhabi’s industrial transformation and ensure long-term competitiveness.

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