Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi gears up to host world economy’s movers and shakers at 2023 Fortune Global Forum

Abu Dhabi is set to record a significant milestone by hosting the esteemed Fortune Global Forum for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), bringing together leading decision makers and business leaders from all around the world to discuss global trade dynamics, energy transition, emerging technologies, and other pressing and vital topics in the global economy’s agenda at the Emirates Palace between 27 and 29 November 2023.

This world-class event, hosted by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), will be grounded in the theme “A New Era of Business” and will include discussions on the challenges and opportunities in global business and economy, from geopolitical tides to workplace shifts. The forum presents a unique opportunity for the CEOs of the world’s biggest multinational companies, decision makers, and economists to engage with their peers in MENA and develop tomorrow’s business strategies.

The impressive line-up of speakers at the Fortune Global Forum in Abu Dhabi include H.E. Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade; H.E. Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications; Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons; Ray Dalio, Founder, CIO Mentor, and Member of  Operating Board of Bridgewater Associates; Jenny Johnson, President and CEO of Franklin Templeton; Peter Orszag, Chief Executive Officer of Lazard; Francesco La Camera, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA); and Denis Machuel, Chief Executive Officer of Adecco Group.

Hosting the Fortune Global Forum for the first time in the region is part of ADDED’s efforts to bolster Abu Dhabi’s status as a leading business, economic, and cultural hub. As the catalyst for Abu Dhabi’s economic growth and diversification, ADDED is doubling down its efforts in raising the Emirate’s competitive edge as a global preferred destination for talents, businesses, and investments.

Abu Dhabi’s strategic focus on knowledge and innovation-based economic sectors presents an exceptional opportunity for global business leaders to engage with peers in the UAE and the wider region.

H.E. Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi, Chairman of ADDED, said: “As the global landscape shifts towards multipolarity, traditional economic systems are undergoing a profound transformation. Cross-border trade, foreign investments, and global markets are experiencing a reimagination process that carries significant implications for CEOs, investors, and consumers alike. The need for visionary leadership and informed discussions has never been more important than now. Hosting the first Fortune Global Forum in the region emphasises Abu Dhabi’s role in leading the global conversations to foster positive impacts that transcend borders, ensuring a trajectory towards global prosperity in this era of unprecedented changes”.

H.E. Al Zaabi added: “This forum is an excellent opportunity for Abu Dhabi to accentuate its inedible mark in the global economic, business, and cultural landscape. Its chosen theme, ‘A New Era for Business’, will highlight new developments in Abu Dhabi and the role of ‘Falcon Economy’ in guiding the next phase of economic diversification as well as providing insightful roadmap to navigate the tectonic shifts at the global stage. At ADDED, we firmly believe the seamless synergy between governments and industry leaders is essential to address challenges of mega shifts, proactively and effectively”.

The Fortune Global Forum is one of the many initiatives led by ADDED to attract world-class talent, leaders, and events including the 13th edition of the World Trade Organization’s Ministerial Conference, the Annual Investment Meeting, UNCTAD’s World Investment Forum, and the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF).

Fortune Global Forum, the high-caliber annual conference, dates to 1995 and is facilitated by Fortune magazine. The forum is a premier global platform bringing together CEOs, presidents, chairpersons, and leaders from the world’s largest companies to discuss trends shaping the global economy. It explores ventures, strategies, and opportunities in the international business landscape. 

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