Our Mission

ADIA’s mission is to sustain the long-term prosperity of Abu Dhabi by prudently growing capital through a disciplined investment process and committed people who reflect ADIA’s cultural values.

Letter from

Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Managing Director

With a long‑term mandate to generate returns for future generations, ADIA’s inherent preference is to view market performance in any given year within a broader context, to gain a more nuanced picture of overall trends. On this basis, 2018 provided ample reassurance despite challenging conditions.

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Operational Review

At ADIA, we believe the business of investing is undergoing a significant transformation. During 2018, ADIA continued to apply a coordinated, proactive and forward-looking approach to strategic and organisational change.

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2018 Highlights

Identified two key priorities as the core of ADIA’s organisational strategy:
  • A more structured approach to gaining actionable insights
  • Enhancing organisational agility to respond to emerging opportunities
Investment departments continued to consolidate investment portfolios into single pools, providing additional flexibility.
Formally integrated climate change considerations into the investment proposal review process and worked alongside five global sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) to develop and publish the One Planet SWF Framework.
Introduced the “Fundamentals” programme for UAE National graduates, as part of ADIA’s Early Career Development Framework.

Investment Review

ADIA manages a global investment portfolio that is diversified across more than two dozen asset classes and sub-categories. ADIA’s investment departments are responsible for building and managing investment portfolios within the parameters set for them through the asset allocation process. These investment departments, which invest across multiple geographies, have discretion over the origination and recommendation of investment proposals.

For more detail on each of ADIA’s major asset classes in 2018, please select the relevant section.


Volatility returned to global equities in 2018, with markets swinging sharply at several key points during the year. Heading into 2019, valuations were at levels that some would consider attractive relative to expected earnings.

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Fixed Income

After the relative calm of 2017, fixed income investors were confronted with a more complex constellation of factors to manage in 2018, most notably a return to monetary normalisation after an unprecedented decade of ultra-loose policy.

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Financial markets faced a more challenging environment in 2018 than the year before, as resurgent concerns about global growth triggered volatility and damped returns.

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Real Estate

The global real estate market recorded its ninth consecutive year of growth, albeit amid signs of slowing momentum as the cycle continued to mature.

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Private Equity

The private equity market enjoyed another record-breaking year in 2018, with fundraising and deal activity maintaining a robust pace even as valuations topped all-time highs.

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Demand for infrastructure assets scaled new heights in 2018, as investors continued to seek out the asset class for its diversification characteristics and reputation for relatively stable returns.

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Board of Directors and Investment Committee

Management of ADIA is vested in ADIA’s Board of Directors, which comprises a Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Managing Director and Board Members who are appointed by a decree of the Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

The Investment Committee assists the Managing Director and is responsible for managing and overseeing investment-related matters. The Managing Director chairs the Investment Committee, assisted by two Deputy Chairmen, with the participation of the Executive Directors of all investment departments and representatives of some control functions as required.

Long-Term Investment Trends

ADIA maintains a focus on the major themes and issues shaping financial markets over the long term. We view this as central to our ability to fulfil ADIA’s mission, which is inherently long term in nature. Our people are encouraged to devote time to analysing the forces that will define the global economy of the future.

In this section we ask a selection of ADIA investment professionals to identify just some of the ways that their asset classes might be impacted by two major trends over the next decade: technology and climate change.


The business of investing has been transformed by rapid advances in technology over recent years. In the articles below, we explore how the next phase of technological development might affect markets, private equity investing and the real estate sector.

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Climate Change

As financial markets continue to respond to policy changes and advances in climate change technology, we look at some of the opportunities and risks for investors brought about by the transition to a lower carbon global economy.

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