Inaugural Brand Finance report on UAE’s 25 most valuable brands ranks ADNOC in top spot

Published: 3 April 2020 - 3 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery
The world’s biggest companies are set to lose up to $1tn in brand value as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, with the aviation sector being the most affected, according to the latest analysis by Brand Finance, the world’s leading independent brand valuation consultancy.

Brand Finance has assessed the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak based on the effect of the outbreak on enterprise value, as at 18 March 2020, compared to what it was on 1 January 2020. Based on this impact on enterprise value, Brand Finance estimated the likely impact on brand value for each sector. Each sector has been classified into three categories based on the severity of enterprise value loss observed for the sector in the period between 1 January 2020 and 18 March 2020.
David Haigh, CEO of Brand Finance, commented: "The Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on global markets is very real. Worldwide, brands across every sector are braced for the coronavirus to massively affect their business activities, supply chain and revenues in a way that eclipses the 2003 SARS outbreak.”
"Now is the ideal moment for the UAE’s home-grown brands to remain ever present in their stakeholders’ minds, engage across digital channels, show resilience and adaptability in these unprecedented times.
Brand Finance released the first UAE 25 report on the UAE’s top 25 most valuable and strongest brands, of which seven are banking brands. Following last year’s three-way merger between Union National Bank and Al Hilal Bank, ADCB is the fastest growing brand in the UAE, up 41% since last year to $2.7bn.
A regional ranking of the Middle East’s top 50 most valuable brands has also been launched by Brand Finance. The Middle East 50 2020 features 17 UAE brands representing a variety of sectors spanning oil and gas, telecoms, airlines, banks, and chemicals – a testament to the UAE’s standing as competitive global player.
Haigh said: “The harsh reality is that many UAE brands may not make their 2020 targets due to the unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus outbreak. Having a strong brand is now more crucial than ever, as it is this resilience, which will truly help to weather the storm and bounce back from this crisis.”
ADNOC is the UAE’s most valuable brand, up 29% to $11.4bn. The brand is also the first UAE brand to achieve a brand valuation of more than $11bn, a testament to the success of the group’s ongoing transformation strategy. Since 1971, ADNOC has created thousands of jobs, driven the growth of a diverse knowledge-based economy, and played a key role in Abu Dhabi’s global emergence. ADNOC continues to look for new and innovative ways to maximise the value of its resources, pioneering those approaches and technologies that will ensure it is able to meet the demands of an ever-changing energy market, especially now amidst the steep slide in oil prices.

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