Abu Dhabi
Freezones

List of Freezones in Abu Dhabi

*A selection of some of the most popular freezones in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM )

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.

License 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
Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone (ADAFZ)

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.

License 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
Twofour54 - Abu Dhabi Media Free Zone

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.

License 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
Khalifa Industrial Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD)

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.

License 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

Masdar City Freezone

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.

License 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

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