Visit the model economies inspiring Abu Dhabi's vision

Abu Dhabi Model Economies: A special series in The National examines the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 plan, and the four model economies that the capital has used to benchmark its success upon - with video

Singapore. New Zealand. Norway. Ireland.

Each of these countries is known for having big business ambitions despite a relatively small population.

But there is another common element they share: each has been examined and, in some cases, even visited during the creation and implementation of the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 plan.

As Abu Dhabi diversifies its economy away from a heavy reliance on oil, it is benchmarking its successes against the experiences of these four countries, which government officials have dubbed "transformation economies." The end goal: to be ranked alongside these nations and the most successful economies of the world by 2030.

In a special month-long series, The National visits each of these four model economies and takes an in-depth look at their economic successes, ongoing challenges and specific areas that have been of interest to officials during Abu Dhabi's strategic planning.

The series kicks off with a look at how different organisations within the UAE's capital have responded to the 2030 plan with new educational initiatives, public-private partnerships and changing corporate strategies that all aim to diversify the local economy away from oil.

To keep up to date with all the stories in this series which launches tomorrow visit www.thenational.ae/modeleconomies

Published: July 31, 2011 04:00 AM

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