Abu Dhabi Free Zone Chart

ADGM

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM)

Free Zone Overview

ADGM is an international financial centre located in Al Maryah Island in the heart of the UAE’s capital city, Abu Dhabi. It’s legal and operational platform is attractive for a broad range of professional and business services, along with family businesses, corporate headquarters and various management functions. ADGM also provides a beneficial environment to domicile holding companies, special purpose vehicles (SPVs) and other structures to hold and protect assets.

Licences Types

  • Professional/ Service (regulated and non regulated)
  • Non-Profit Incorporated Organisations (NPIO), Single Family Offices (SFO), etc.
  • Retail

Share Capital requirements

Minimum AED 180,000.00 must be paid up prior to licensing for regulated activities; not applicable for non-regulated activities and Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV)

Office Requirements

  • Serviced Offices
  • Physical Offices (fitted and shell & cores)
  • Retail Spaces

Audited Financial Report Requirements

Required for all companies except for small entities

Estimated Incorporation Timeline

04 – 06 months for Regulated
06 – 08 weeks for Non-regulated
02 – 03 weeks for SPV

UAE Residence Visa Eligibility

  • 2-3 visas per Smart Desk
  • 1 visa per 8-9 sq.m. leased property/office

Website

ADAFZ

Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone (ADAFZ)

Free Zone Overview

The Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone is a comprehensive business park being developed by Skycity, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), on an area of over 12 square kilometres near Abu Dhabi International Airport. The free zone specializes on logistics and aviation activities.

Licences Types

  • Professional/ Service
  • Commercial/ Trading
  • General Trading
  • Industrial

Share Capital requirements

Minimum AED 150,000.00, no requirement to pay up the capital (although recommended within 1-2 years).

Office Requirements

  • Flexi desks
  • Smart/Serviced Offices
  • Physical Offices (fitted and shell & cores)
  • Warehouses
  • Land

Audited Financial Report Requirements

Required

Estimated Incorporation Timeline

06 – 08 weeks

UAE Residence Visa Eligibility

  • 2-3 visas per Flexi Desk
  • 1 visa per 8-9 sq.m. leased property/office

Website

TwoFour54

TwoFour54 Abu Dhabi Media Free Zone (TwoFour54)

Free Zone Overview

Twofour54 is Abu Dhabi’s media and entertainment hub which was established in 2008. As of May 2017, twofour54 encompasses 450 companies operating in the creative industries including international brands such as the CNN, Sky News Arabia and Cartoon Network Studios. It also has a talent pool of nearly 4,000 professionals including over 600 freelancers.

Licences Types

  • Commercial
  • Professional/ Service

Share Capital requirements

No minimum capital requirement and not required to pay up. Minimum AED 50,000.00 recommended.

Office Requirements

  • Serviced Offices
  • Physical Offices (fitted and shell & cores)

Audited Financial Report Requirements

Required

Estimated Incorporation Timeline

06 – 08 weeks

UAE Residence Visa Eligibility

  • 2-3 visas per Flexi Desk
  • 1 visa per 8-9 sq.m. leased property/office

Website

KIZAD

Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD)

Free Zone Overview

KIZAD is among the largest greenfield ports and industrial zones in the world, located near Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi has started its operation 2012 and offers proximity to suppliers, customers and other business competences, safeguarding that industrial, trade and logistics derive long-term advantage.

Licences Types

  • Professional/ Service
  • Commercial/ Trading
  • General Trading
  • Industrial

Share Capital requirements

Minimum AED 150,000.00, no requirement to pay up the capital (although recommended within 1-2 years).

Office Requirements

  • Physical Offices (fitted and shell & cores)
  • Warehouses
  • Land

Audited Financial Report Requirements

Required

Estimated Incorporation Timeline

06 – 08 weeks

UAE Residence Visa Eligibility

  • 1 visa per 9 sq.m. leased property/office

Website

MASDAR

Masdar City Free Zone

Free Zone Overview

Masdar City was established in 2006 and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most exhilarating eco-developments. It is also a Free Zone located near Abu Dhabi International Airport and 17km from downtown Abu Dhabi.

Licences Types

  • Commercial/ Trading
  • General Trading
  • Industrial

Share Capital requirements

Minimum AED 500,000.00, must be paid up prior to post-licensing .

Office Requirements

  • Physical Offices (fitted and shell & cores)
  • Build to suit spaces i.e. warehouse, big offices, etc.
  • Retail Spaces
  • Land

Audited Financial Report Requirements

Required

Estimated Incorporation Timeline

02 – 03 weeks

UAE Residence Visa Eligibility

  • 1 visa per 9 sq.m. leased property

Website

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