Start Business in Abu Dhabi Free Zones

Largest of the seven Emirates, Abu Dhabi serves as the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Over 80% of the UAE’s total land mass is occupied by Abu Dhabi and it boasts over 700 kilometers of coastline. Abu Dhabi Free Zone authority, the government body, handles registration of non-resident companies and issues business licenses.

Main Benefits

About Abu Dhabi Free Zones

The Free Zones in UAE is the best location for setting up business for companies planning to operate from UAE the major part of their transactions outside UAE. The Free Zones in Abu Dhabi are created with a vision to develop clusters of specific industries The following are the two Free Zones in Abu Dhabi

  • Masdar City
  • TwoFour54

Masdar City, a planned city project in Abu Dhabi, is evolving as a global hub for renewable energy and clean technologies. Entering the league of most sustainable eco-cities in the world, Masdar City will be a leading global center for renewable energy, research, development, implementation, and investment.

Twofour54 is created with a vision to enable the development of world class Arabic media and entertainment content, by Arabs for Arabs, and to position Abu Dhabi as a regional centre of excellence in content creation across all media platforms including film, broadcast, music, digital media, events, gaming and publishing.

Advantages of Setting Up In Abu Dhabi Free Zones

The companies setting up in Free Zones in Abu Dhabi are eligible for various incentives and facilities as follows:

Free Zone Status

  • 100% foreign ownership is allowed
  • Full repatriation of profits and capital are permitted
  • Exemption from personal, income and corporate taxes
  • Exemption from customs duty for goods and services
  • Unique purpose built infrastructure

Unique Cluster Environment

  • A unique cluster environment where businesses across the industry value chain share a work campus dedicated to their industry, and can interact and collaborate effectively

Business-friendly environment

  • Simplified incorporation process
  • Hassle-free and business-friendly company laws and legal framework
  • One-stop–shop service that provides business partners with a variety of government services, including licensing, visa, traffic and postal services
  • Quick access to Knowledge Workers due to fast-track immigration process

Setting Up Process in Abu Dhabi Free Zones

Setting up a business in Abu Dhabi Free Zones requires planning and decision making through different phases. This involves preparation of comprehensive business plan, choosing suitable infrastructure, estimating required human work force etc. The business registration or licensing process can be completed only after depositing the minimum capital mandated by the chosen Free Zone, in a bank account in UAE. A company being formed may have either an individual shareholder or corporate shareholder or both. The incorporation process requires the shareholders to sign the documents in the presence of Free Zone authorities.

Business Licensing in Abu Dhabi Free Zones

A business license issued by Abu Dhabi Free Zones permits a company to practice the business activity mentioned in its license subject to the Free Zone Regulations. The primary step in setting up a business entity in Abu Dhabi Free Zone is the selection of business activities. This is so because the other phases of business setting up including the selection of proper legal business structure and number of business licenses can be decided only based on the selected business activities. The reservation of name for the company is as important as choosing the business activity. The name should not resemble the names of any company registered in the Free Zones or reserved for the Government. The Free Zone has the discretionary power to accept or reject a name.

Types of Legal Entities in Abu Dhabi Free Zones

An individual or a corporate entity can do business in Abu Dhabi Free Zones being registered in any of the following legal forms:

  • Free Zone Limited Liability Company (FZ-LLC)
  • Branch of a Foreign Company, where the applicant is a foreign registered corporate person
  • Branch of a UAE Company, where the applicant is a UAE registered corporate person

An individual can do business in Abu Dhabi Media Zone as a freelancer on being issued a

  • Freelance License