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The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA)

Hi, Sunil here to talk some business and discuss the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA).

The reason I decided to dedicate some time writing this is because I thought it would be good to let you know about what Abu Dhabi, or UAE as a whole does with its excess money.

Yes all that excess surplus revenue generated from oil trade.

If you are going to read up and learn about Abu Dhabi, I don’t think you should skip this. It’s a short and easy read.

You know I don’t like to use complicated words as English is my fourth language in itself!

The ADIA is one of the largest (if not the largest) sovereign wealth fund owned by the Abu Dhabi Emirate.

It is hard to pin point how large this fund really is because ADIA has never disclosed its total assets or positions.

Because of visible activity however many have estaimated that this figure is somewhere near $875 billion.

It is notable for investments such as a 4%+ stake in CitiGroup, an American Banking giant.

The fund was established back in 1976 by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who was also the founder of the United Arab Emirates. I guess anyone can establish that kind of a fund when you have UAE kind of money right? The fund was meant to be a stable income and wealth preserving fund where all of UAE’s profits were deposited and invested in safe investments.

This fund is so large that is drives many international monetary decisions. I would imagine so. $875B is an amount I cannot even imagine. I have read over the years that it generates about 10% annual income (wonder how it did in 2008 and 2009).

It’s investments are largely global and are spread across fixed income securities, large cap equities, property and other creative investments (so much for being safe and conservative there right?).

One of my favorite books about investing in the Middle East is the Dubai Secrets book. This book was written by avid investors who have practical first hand experience investing in the Gulf region.

I found it interesting that one of the authors was one of the manager of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority fund (so I was told at least). Fascinating indeed. If you are interested in a good practical read on investing in the Middle East (whether real estate or business), I definitely recommend the book. It is an ebook so you don’t have to wait for delivery.

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