Adeeb Al Afifi
Director – Foreign Trade & Export Support

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Since its establishment in 2008, Dr. Adeeb Al Afifi has been the Director-Foreign Trade & Export Support at the Department of Economic Development-Abu Dhabi (DED). During this period, he has supervised the development of the Emirate’s export support services to assist companies develop their export capabilities.
Currently, Dr. Adeeb is supervising the implementation of the Emirate’s export agency strategy. This will expand the ability of the government to provide export development support to Abu Dhabi operating companies. Dr. Adeeb is a member of the Abu Dhabi Free Trade Agreements Committee working on issues affecting Abu Dhabi’s international trade.
Since 1999, Dr. Adeeb has been with the DED or its predecessor—Department of Planning. During his service to the Emirate, he has worked in economic research and international business. Prior to joining the DED, he was involved with the development of the Abu Dhabi 2000-2020 Strategic Plan with the United Nations Development Program.
Dr. Adeeb has earned a BA in Economics from UAE University; a post-graduate diploma in Sustainable Livelihoods for Local Development from Bradford University, UK; a MSC in Economic Policy for Developing and Transitional Economies from Bradford University, UK; and his Ph.D. in International Political Economy from Queens University, Ireland.

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