UAE Free Zone - Abu Dhabi Free Zone

Business Setup in Abu Dhabi Free Zone

Required Documents and the Steps to Obtain Your Business License

Obtaining your Free Zone license in Abu Dhabi has been designed to be a pain-free process. Here are the steps you’ll want to take and the documents you’ll need to have available to get your license:

Required Documents
  • Company application form
  • Passport copies of the shareholder
  • Few suggested names of the company
  • Specification of the business activity
  • Proof of Address
  • Bank reference letter or bank statements of the shareholders
Steps to Get Your Business License
  • Choose the Right Business Activity for You
  • Register Your Trade Name
  • Obtain Necessary Approvals
  • Submit Application
  • Pay Fees and Obtain License

Business Entities Permitted in Abu Dhabi Free Zones

Businesses forming in Abu Dhabi’s many Free Zones will fall under one of several legal structures:

  1. Free Zone Limited Liability Company (LLC)
    A Free Zone LLC is a separate legal entity with limited liability for its shareholders. It allows full foreign ownership and provides flexibility in management and operations.

  2. Foreign Branch
    A Foreign Branch allows an existing foreign company to establish a presence in Abu Dhabi's free zones. The branch operates under the parent company's name and is subject to its regulations.

  3. UAE Branch
    Like a Foreign Branch, a UAE Branch allows mainland companies to extend their operations into Abu Dhabi's free zones.

  4. Freelancer
    Freelancer licenses are tailored for individuals offering professional services on a freelance basis. It allows individuals to operate as independent contractors within Abu Dhabi's free zones, offering consulting, design, writing, or other specialized skills.

Free Zones in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is home to several Free Zone jurisdictions, each designed to cater to a specific field of business. Some Free Zones include:

  1. Twofour54 Free Zone
    Twofour54 is Abu Dhabi's media and entertainment Free Zone, dedicated to nurturing creative talent and fostering innovation in the industry.

  2. Masdar City Free Zone
    Masdar City is a sustainable urban development and clean technology hub in Abu Dhabi. Its free zone focuses on renewable energy, clean technology, and sustainable living.

  3. Kizad Free Zone
    Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) is one of the Middle East's largest industrial and logistics hubs. Its free zone offers a strategic location, world-class infrastructure, and various incentives to attract manufacturing, logistics, trade, and industrial businesses.

  4. ADGM (Abu Dhabi Global Market)
    The Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) is a global financial center located on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, with strategic positioning. It is a Free Zone jurisdiction that provides numerous advantages for business investors, such as 100% foreign ownership, no corporate or personal tax, and no forex restrictions.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much does it cost to set up a mainland company in Dubai?

The cost to set up a company in Dubai mainland varies depending on the type of business and the service you require. However, in most cases, setting up a business in Dubai mainland costs between AED 12,500 to AED 30,000.

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