Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD)

The Khalifa Economic Zone Abu Dhabi (KEZAD), previously known as the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), is a free zone in the capital of the UAE, specialising in the industrial industry. KEZAD is one of the largest industrial zones in the UAE, playing a major part in diversifying the economy in accordance the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. Located strategically between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, near to Abu Dhabi's international airport, business setup in KIZAD provides access to the major sea and air port networks.

KIZAD stands for Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi. It is one of the largest and most ambitious industrial zones in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Located near Abu Dhabi, KIZAD is strategically positioned to facilitate industrial and economic growth in the region. The development of KIZAD is part of the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, which aims to diversify the UAE's economy and reduce reliance on oil revenues.

KIZAD is strategically located between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, providing easy access to major seaports, airports, and international transportation networks. Its proximity to Khalifa Port and Abu Dhabi International Airport enhances logistics and trade opportunities.

KIZAD, now KEZAD (Khalifa Economic Zone Abu Dhabi) 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.

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Entity Types available in KIZAD (KEZAD)

KIZAD Abu Dhabi recognises the two below entity types for incorporation:

  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • Branch Company

Timeline for incorporation in khalifa industrial zone abu dhabi is approx. 6-8 weeks.

License Types available in KIZAD (KEZAD)

To obtain trade license in Abu Dhabi you can apply for any one of the below license types with KIZAD:

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

Document Requirements for company formation in KIZAD (KEZAD)

For a business license in abu dhabi it is required to submit the necessary documents to KIZAD for company registration. The required documents typically include:

  • Application form for company registration.
  • Passport copies and visa copies of shareholders and directors.
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association (for LLC).
  • Parent company documents (for Branch).
  • Bank reference letter.
  • No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the sponsor (if applicable).
  • Business plan.

Why set up in Khalifa Industrial Zone? 

KIZAD (KEZAD) is well connected to major seaports, airports, road and rail networks. The Khalifa port is one of the largest deep water ports in the world and handles all of Abu Dhabi's containers. To summaries is connectivity KIZAD offers 1000+ port to port connections, has access to 5 international airports which recorded 12.17 Million TON-KM Air Freight Handled in 2020 in the UAE as well as being connected to thousands of KM's of road and rail routes spanning across the GCC and Middle East region. 

Office Requirements

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

Leasing land in Khalifa Industrial Zone in Abu Dhabi is managed by the Plot Allocation Committee. The committee allocates and assigns the land based on the companies requirements. 

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What are the share capital requirements for a KIZAD (KEZAD) LLC?

A KIZAD (KEZAD) limited liability company has a minimum paid-up capital of AED 150,000

What benefits do KIZAD companies enjoy?

Outside of the normal freezone benefits of 100% foreign ownership, exemptions on corporate tax and import duties, KIZAD (KEZAD) is super connected to major seaports, airports, road and railway networks. KIZAD is committed to sustainable development, incorporating eco-friendly practices and green initiatives to support environmentally responsible businesses.

Did KIZAD change its name?

As of 2023, Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) has changed its name to Khalifa Economic Zone Abu Dhabi (KEZAD). Their new name as found online is known as KEZAD Group. 

What is the meaning of KIZAD?

KIZAD stands for Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi. This special economic zone or 'free zone'  supports industrial business activities through its environment, infrastructure and operational opportunities. 

How far is KIZAD (KEZAD) from Abu Dhabi?

KIZAD is located between Abu Dhabi and Dubai and is approximately 67KM from mainland Abu Dhabi area. 

Which is the biggest port in Abu Dhabi?

Khalifa Port where KIZAD is located is Abu Dhabi's largest seaport. It is Abu Dhabi's flagship deep water port and handles all of Abu Dhabi's container traffic. 

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