Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone

Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone (ADAFZ)

The Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone (ADAFZ), located next to the Abu Dhabi International Airport, is a free zone that specialises in logistics and aviation activities. For those considering Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone company formation, they will benefit from the industry specific regulation, business environment, logistics, and location that the free zone has to offer.

Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone (ADAFZ Abu Dhabi) is a designated free zone located adjacent to Abu Dhabi International Airport in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Established in 2006, ADAFZ is a comprehensive business park developed by Skycity, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), on an area of over 12 square kilometres near Abu Dhabi International Airport. Business set up in Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone specializes on logistics and aviation activities.

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Registration and Licensing

ADAFZ cater to a large number of different industries and can offer licenses for businesses operating in the below categories:

  • Aviation, Aerospace, Aircraft Interiors and Airport Services
  • MRO
  • Logistics, Transportation, Warehousing Distribution & Storage
  • Marketing & Events
  • Manufacturing
  • Technology & ICT
  • Trading
  • Service Provider
  • Consultancy
  • Regional HQ
  • Knowledge & Development

The entity types available in Abu Dhabi Airports Free Zone are:

  • Free Zone Limited Liability Company FZ-LLC (Corporate)
  • Free Zone Limited Liability Company FZ-LLC (Natural)
  • Branch of a local or foreign company

Incorporation in ADAFZ can generally take between 6-8 weeks.

Document requirements

Submit the required documents to the ADAFZ authorities through your chosen service provider. The documents usually include:

  • Passport copies and visa copies of shareholders and directors.
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association.
  • Company name reservation certificate.
  • Bank reference letter.
  • Business plan.
  • Proof of initial capital.
  • No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the sponsor (if applicable).
  • Other relevant documents specific to your business activity.

The next steps in completing the incorporation process in ADAFZ would include leasing office space, opening a corporate bank account, processing and obtaining employee visas. 

Office requirements in ADAFZ

ADAFZ offers a wide variety of property management facilities.

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

What are the benefits of setting up in ADAFZ?

100% foreign ownership, corporate tax exemptions, no tax on personal income as well as location benefits. Located near Abu Dhabi International Airport, making it an ideal location for businesses engaged in import/export, logistics, and aviation-related activities. Its proximity to major transportation hubs facilitates easy access to regional and global markets.

How many free zones exist in Abu Dhabi?

Abu Dhabi has five free zones that cover a wide range of business sectors and industries. Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone (ADAFZ) is one of the five that exist as an option for business setup in Abu Dhabi. ADAFZ offers world-class warehousing units and aircraft hangers and operates from 3 major airports in the Abu Dhabi area.

What business activities are supported in ADAFZ?

The key sectors of business that ADAFZ include: IT and telecommunications, aviation, aerospace, cargo, trading, pharmaceuticals, airport services, freight and logistics. 

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