The Abu Dhabi lifestyle

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Companies who set up in or relocate to Abu Dhabi take advantage of a strategic location, world-class infrastructure, relatively low operating costs and significant tax benefits, a highly skilled workforce and a high quality of life for company staff and their families. With proven successful pandemic management and recovery plans, unrivalled connectivity to Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa with favourable timezone differences and geographical distances, Abu Dhabi offers a range of compelling competitive advantages over other global business hub choices.

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    Tax friendly environment

    Businesses registered at ADGM enjoy zero import, export, corporate and personal taxation.

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    Political and economic security

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is ranked as one of the most stable nations by the Fund for Peace's Fragile States Index consistently increasing in rank since 2010 to 152nd out of 178 in 2020 and ranked higher than noteworthy business hub alternatives such as the UK and China. The political neutrality of the UAE contributes to the safety and security for businesses and residents alike.

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    Setting up made easy

    Businesses register and obtain ADGM commercial licences through fully digital processes.

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    English Common Law

    The basis of civil and commercial law at ADGM is English Common Law, the first of its kind in the region. The ADGM Courts is broadly modeled on the internationally recognised English judicial system.

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    A world-class lifestyle destination

    Abu Dhabi residents enjoy a high-quality of life rich in culture, globally-recognised healthcare and a wide range of schools including top-ranked colleges and universities.

Abu Dhabi is the ideal global business hub

Low business operations and cost of living costs

Low-cost business operations and a favourable cost of living make Abu Dhabi a compelling choice over other global business hub choices.

Availability of skilled workforce

Businesses reach improved profitability, stronger growth and ongoing success by employing a widely available and skilled Abu Dhabi-based workforce.

Abundant oil and natural gas reserves plus an increasingly successful strategy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels has pushed the non-oil GDP to 70% in 2020.

Wise economic policies

Forward-thinking economic policies support businesses of all sizes and stages of growth by including financial incentives for innovation or research and development focused businesses

Well-established relationships in the financial community

Well-established relationships in the financial community

А dynamic and sophisticated financial services sector

Political stability and security

Politically stable and secure

A significant global investment portfolio

Join leading international companies from across the globe when you set up your business at ADGM

In just a few generations, Abu Dhabi has transformed itself from a desert landscape into a thriving global business hub surrounded by lush residential communities.

The city intends to develops its position in the international financial industry, in partnership with the world’s leading financial centres, through Abu Dhabi Global Market. The capital of the UAE and home to many talented and skilled professionals, Abu Dhabi is a dynamic and modern city, rich in with impressive architecture, pioneering global green initiatives and with plans for the next generation’s transformation.

Over four decades, Abu Dhabi-based institutions such as the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, International Petroleum Investment Company, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank and Mubadala have earned their position as major players in the global financial services arena managing substantial assets and pursuing international growth strategies.

Currently, Abu Dhabi accounts for two thirds of the approximate $400 billion UAE economy and owns 9% and 5% of the world's proven oil and gas reserves respectively. Abu Dhabi also accounts for 60% of UAE’s investible wealth and 75% of UAE’s total assets under management.

9% and 5%

of the world’s proven oil and natural gas reserves

2/3

of the UAE’s $400 billion economy

60%

of UAE's investable wealth

Setting up and growing your business

Financial business

As an International Financial Centre strategically positioned to service the growing economies of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, ADGM provides a wide spectrum of services covering banking, insurance, wealth management, asset management and capital market activities.

Banking
Wealth and Asset Management
Capital Markets
Virtual Assets Activities
Listing Authority and Products
FinTech
Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs)
Non-financial business

At ADGM, we are not just about financial services. Our legal and operational platform is set up to attract a broad range of professional and business services, family businesses, corporate headquarters and various management functions.

Professional Service Providers
Corporate
Family Business
Tech Start-ups
Associations
Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs)
Retail business
Abu Dhabi Global Market and Al Maryah Island offer an exceptional lifestyle destination including luxury boutiques, a soon-to-be-opened mega mall, Al Maryah Central, and Abu Dhabi's dining collection, providing a dynamic environment for any retail business. Find out more about setting up your retail and entertainment business on Al Maryah Island.

Retail space

As an International Financial Centre strategically positioned to service the growing economies of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, ADGM provides a wide spectrum of services covering banking, insurance, wealth management, asset management and capital market activities.

Banking
Wealth and Asset Management
Capital Markets
Virtual Assets Activities
Listing Authority and Products
FinTech
Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs)
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