Masdar City Free Zone Abu Dhabi

Masdar City Free Zone

The Masdar Free zone in Abu Dhabi specialises in companies operating within the renewable energy industry. For companies considering Masdar city free zone business setup, they will benefit from a business environment that promotes growth and innovation. Companies with activities centred around clean technology, sustainable development, and renewable energy should consider this free zone. This internationall renowned eco-development free zone is strategically located near the Abu Dhabi International Airport and a short drive to downtown Abu Dhabi.

Masdar Free Zone was established in 2006 to attract companies and organizations operating in the renewable energy, clean technology, and sustainable development sectors. It offers a range of incentives and benefits to promote business growth and innovation in these industries. Masdar City Free Zone 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.

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Company Set Up Options in Masdar Free Zone

Masdar Free Zone offers several company setup options to cater to different business needs and requirements. 100% foreign ownership is permitted in Masdar Free Zone. Company formation in Masdar City in Abu Dhabi has the following main types of entities that can be established:

  1. Free Zone Limited Liability Company (FZ-LLC): This is the most common type of entity formed in Masdar Free Zone. It allows individuals or corporate entities to set up a limited liability company with a single shareholder or multiple shareholders. FZ-LLCs can engage in various business activities within the free zone.
  2. Branch Office: Companies already established outside the UAE can establish a branch office in Masdar Free Zone. A branch office is an extension of the parent company and operates under its identity. It is not considered a separate legal entity and must engage in activities that are similar or complementary to those of the parent company.
  3. Representative Office: A representative office is a non-trading entity that allows foreign companies to have a presence in Masdar Free Zone for marketing, market research, and promoting their products or services. Representative offices cannot engage in commercial activities or generate revenue.
  4. Freelancer/Entrepreneur: Masdar Free Zone provides options for individual freelancers and entrepreneurs to set up their business. This option is suitable for individuals who provide professional services and operate as a sole proprietor.

Masdar city companies estimated incorporation timelines is between 2-3 weeks.

Types of Masdar City Licenses

The business licenses available in Masdar Freezone in Abu Dhabi include:

  1. Commercial/Trading
  2. General Trading
  3. Industrial

Office requirements in Masdar City

As a requirement by Masdar Free Zone Authority, commercial licenses are subject to leasing a facility/ space within Masdar City.

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

Why set up in Masdar Free Zone?

  1. Tax Benefits: Companies operating in Masdar Free Zone are exempt from corporate taxes and are not subject to import or export duties within the zone.
  2. Licensing and Registration: The free zone provides a streamlined process for company registration, licensing, and permits, making it easier for businesses to establish their operations.
  3. Infrastructure and Facilities: Masdar Free Zone offers state-of-the-art infrastructure, including office spaces, laboratories, research facilities, and shared services. It also provides access to advanced technology and research centers.
  4. Networking and Collaboration: The free zone fosters a collaborative environment, encouraging networking and knowledge-sharing among businesses and organizations operating in the renewable energy and clean technology sectors.
  5. Sustainability Focus: Masdar Free Zone aligns with the broader sustainability goals of Masdar City by encouraging environmentally friendly practices and providing access to renewable energy sources.

Setup in Masdar City Free Zone

Share Capital Requirements

Minimum AED 50,000.00 for an LLC establishment. There is no minimum capital requirement for branch set up.

Is a financial audit report required in Masdar City Freezone?

Yes, it is required

What is the Visa eligibility in Masdar Freezone?

Depending on the package your business opts for the visa eligibility is between 1-2 visas her package.

What is special about Masdar Free Zone?

Masdar freezone is designed to be a model for sustainable urban development. It incorporates cutting-edge renewable energy technologies, efficient water management systems, and sustainable transportation options to minimize its carbon footprint.

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