Abu Dhabi

About Abu Dhabi

Apart from economic advantages, Abu Dhabi offers a nonpareil lifestyle quality and has had great success in transforming itself into a vivacious metropolis in a short space of time. Industry leading infrastructure and most significantly, the financial benefits for businesses, have made Abu Dhabi the perfect location for expatriates.

Our business setup consultants in Abu Dhabi have the professional expertise and experience in setting up the various legal commercial entities in the UAE including, Joint Ventures, Limited Liability Companies (LLC), Establishments, Foreign Branches, Rep Offices and Free Zone companies.

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Limited Liability Company

Limited Liability Companies (LLC) are one of the most common types of corporate commercial entities that entrepreneurs and corporations can establish in the UAE. With a quick and easy process, and a broad range of business incentives, LLCs are widely preferred by entrepreneurs and corporations that want to penetrate the UAE market and establish a solid footing in the Middle East region. Read more

Branch Office

Setting up a Branch Office of a foreign company in Abu Dhabi is easy and an attractive prospect for clients, in that it can be 100% foreign owned, provided a local National Service Agent (NSA) or Local Service Agent (LSA) - like PRO Partner Group - is appointed. A Branch Office is an extension of a foreign parent company registered outside of the UAE, it is a full-fledged business, permitted to perform contracts or conduct other activities as specified in its licence. A Foreign Branch Office may only be engaged in activities similar to those of its parent company.  Read more

Trade Representative Office

If your foreign company is looking for exposure in the UAE market, you may want to set up a Trade Representative Office. This type of representation is useful in promoting a foreign company and introducing your products to UAE companies as a non-trading ‘shop-window’. Read more

Professional Service Licence

A professional business is defined as “work based on investing mental talents and acquired information”. A Professional Licence/Civil Company is a business for professionals in recognised fields such as doctors, lawyers, engineers and accountants. A Civil Company can only practice professional business and is 100% owned by professional partners. Read more

Free zones

A foreign investor can set up a company in the UAE, either in one of the many free zones or on the UAE mainland. Free zone authorities are the government bodies that register and issue business licences to non-resident companies in the UAE free zone. Free zones allow corporate structures to have a physical presence in the UAE, allow 100% foreign ownership and offer prebuilt facilities and modernised one stop-shop registration and administrative services. Read more

Freelancer Permits

Freelancing has become increasingly popular in the UAE, and thankfully Freelance Permits are now available in many free zones based in Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah and Abu Dhabi. These permits allow for specialised individuals in the media, technology and education sectors to offer their services on a consultancy basis, even if they have a full-time job. This initiative has been legalised (with the correct permit) by the UAE to increase the diversity of skills in the local market. Read more

Instant Licences

The Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai launched the Instant Licence initiative in 2018 to help boost the UAE economy by attracting new investors into the market and making it easier and quicker to set up a commercial licence in the mainland UAE. Read more

PRO Services

We provide expedient, reliable and cost-effective services for large corporations and SMEs, making us one of the choice PRO companies in the UAE. Through years of local industry experience, we have built enduring relationships with key government bodies, allowing us to offer our clients a seamless and efficient process for all their company and visa requirements. Read more

CICPA Passes

In order to protect Abu Dhabi’s infrastructure and assets, CICPA was set up to prevent any security risks or actions by hostile groups. The Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority (CICPA) is responsible for safeguarding Abu Dhabi and therefore they issue security permits for companies, vehicles, vessels, land and individuals who work in sectors which are considered to be a vital part of Abu Dhabi’s infrastructure. Read more

SPC Approvals

SPC (Supreme Petroleum Council) approval authorises a company with the activity of “Onshore and Offshore Oil & Gas Field & Facilities Services” and is required when a company would like to work with ADNOC or any company attributed to ADNOC. Read more

Engineering Classification

The Abu Dhabi Government introduced the Contractors and Consultants Classification process for contracting companies and engineering consultancy firms to help regulate the industry, to ensure national and foreign companies were capable of undertaking the work they were tendering for. The Classification Departments’ role is assessing all the contracting firms and the engineering consultancy offices registered across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi before granting them permission to participate in tenders within the emirate. This is carried out in accordance with well defined and specific criteria as stated in the engineering consulting offices classification regulation No. (1) for the year 2009 and the contractors classification regulation No. (2) for the year 2009. These are: financial standing, quality of work, health and safety compliance, experience and number of specified staff. Read more


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