Abu Dhabi will host the Fortune Global Forum for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), bringing together leading decision makers and business leaders from around the world to discuss global trade dynamics, energy transition, emerging technologies and other pressing topics in the global economy’s agenda at the Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, from 27-29 November 2023.

Hosted by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), the event will be held under 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 speakers at the Fortune Global Forum in Abu Dhabi will include His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, His Excellency 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.

His Excellency 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 change.

“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 an 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 various initiatives led by ADDED to gather global talent, leaders and events including the 13th edition of the World Trade Organisation’s Ministerial Conference, the Annual Investment Meeting, UNCTAD’s World Investment Forum and the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF).