The rise of the transportation sector in Dubai mirrored and accelerated the emirate’s growth and economic expansion. In 1985, the first Emirates Airlines flight took off from Dubai International Airport, launching what would become one of the world’s best airlines that to this day redefines the experience of flying.

Since Emirates Airlines was founded, the transportation, and especially, aviation sector has grown exponentially. It has positioned Dubai at the heart of the world and the global economy. According to an Oxford Economics Report commissioned by Dubai Airports, for every 100 jobs created in the aviation sector, an additional 116 jobs are created elsewhere in Dubai, and for every $100 of aviation activity, a further $72 is added in other sectors of the local economy from supply chain connections and expenditures.

ICD’s investments in this segment include three companies that have, in tandem with Emirates Airlines, set the foundation for Dubai’s leadership in this sector: dnata, one of the world’s largest air service providers, and Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), a key contributor to Dubai’s success in the aviation sector and the leading aircraft lessor in the Middle East with a portfolio of 71 aircrafts and flydubai which has created a network of more than 96 destinations across 45 countries and operates on average more than 1,600 flights a week since launching its operations in 2009.

TRANSPORTATION
SECTOR STATISTICS

3
4

MAJOR HOLDINGS

18.2%
Of ICD's Portfolio
EMIRATES

EMIRATES

EMIRATES

September 19, 2016

DNATA

DNATA

DNATA

September 21, 2016

DUBAI AEROSPACE ENTERPRISE

DUBAI AEROSPACE ENTERPRISE

DUBAI AEROSPACE ENTERPRISE

September 21, 2016

FLYDUBAI

FLYDUBAI

FLYDUBAI

September 21, 2016

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Finance & Investment

Since the 1970s, Dubai has seen the rise of financial institutions that have helped foster its growth and make it one of the region's top financial centres, located at the nexus of trade between Europe, Asia and Africa. Some of the most prominent banks and financial institutions in the region are part of ICD's rich portfolio.

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Transportation

Building up its transportation industry has served Dubai well in positioning itself as a critical gateway to Asia, America, Europe, Africa, and beyond, moving goods and people across the world.

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Energy & Industrial

For the past three decades, Dubai's core economic strategy has been diversification and the emirate has succeeded in building dominance in numerous sectors, including the energy and industrial sector.

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Real Estate & Construction

Through world-class companies like Emaar, and freezones including DAFZA and the DWTC, Dubai is now home to some of the world's most iconic structures, the fastest growing free zones and has become a regional leader in business tourism.

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Hospitality & Leisure

As one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, thanks in part to unique resorts like Atlantis the Palm, hospitality and leisure are one of Dubai's most important sectors. ICD's investment in the hospitality sector taps Dubai's plan to be a tourism, social, and cultural hub, attracting visitors from around the world.

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Retail & Other Holdings

Dubai is the retail destination in the region, making this sector fundamental to the emirate's growth. Its award-winning offerings are not limited to malls and lifestyle destinations but include key entities such as Dubai Duty Free Establishment.

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