The two companies' investment in ports, infrastructure and logistics abroad is driven by more than commercial motives. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is using it to facilitate economic diversification, increase food security and expand its geopolitical influence.
- The pace of Abu Dhabi’s maritime expansion will slow from mid-decade as weaker oil prices limit surplus revenues.
- Investment in inland transportation and logistics networks linked to ports abroad will increase.
- Deepening economic ties with India will manifest themselves as further investment in its transportation sector.