The Sustainable Blue Economy Report
UAE’s Sustainable Blue Economy Report

Through interviews with stakeholders across four economic sectors in the UAE, we explored how ocean sustainability is weighed in corporate decision-making and identified opportunities on how corporate sustainability can help the marine environments.

Sustainable Blue Economy Report

Momentum is building for the Sustainable Blue Economy in the UAE

WWF defines the Sustainable Blue Economy as a marine-based economy that:

  • provides social and economic benefits for current and future generations

  • restores, protects and maintains the diversity, productivity and resilience of marine ecosystems, and

  • is based on clean technologies, renewable energy, and circular material flows.

Implementing the principles of the Sustainable Blue economy is essential to ensuring the success of the UAE’s green economy strategies, a key priority area as a response to the economic challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our findings indicate that UAE businesses that operate in the marine realm increasingly understand their dependency on marine ecosystems and are keen to further explore the principles of a Sustainable Blue Economy.

UAE's Sustainable Blue Economy Report - What is inside?

We would like to thank the representatives from the sectors that participated

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Abu Dhabi Global Market, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group, Al Mahara Diving Center, DP World, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, Emaar Hospitality, Emirates NBD, ENGIE, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, First Abu Dhabi Bank, HSBC Bank Middle East, JA Resorts and Hotels, Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, Lombard Odier & Co Ltd, Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority, Stena Bulk, Transworld Group, and WWF.

Their participation was crucial to obtain new insights as well as explore opportunities, constraints and ideas for this study.

In addition, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Louise Heaps, Head of Sustainable Blue Economy at WWF UK, for offering valuable advice and support to this effort. 

Developed in collaboration with Earth Matters