Designated Jurisdictions

To ensure the protection of personal data that is transferred out of the Abu Dhabi Global Market, ADGM’s data protection regime follows the European Commission (EC) approach of designating jurisdictions that are deemed adequate from a data privacy and protection perspective.

As per the ADGM Data Protection Regulations 2015, the transfer of Personal Data to a recipient located in a jurisdiction outside the Abu Dhabi Global Market may take place only if an adequate level of protection for those Personal Data are ensured by laws applicable to the recipient.

The table below sets out the jurisdictions designated as having an adequate level of protection.

DP Amended Jurisdictions

* Subject to compliance with the terms of the EU-US Privacy Shield.

** Provided the recipient is subject to the Canadian Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPED Act).


 Transfers to jurisictions not listed in the table above may only take place if other measures are taken, as per section 5 of the ADGM Data Protection Regulations 2015.


How to contact the Office of Data Protection


Telephone: +971 2 333 8888  

Opening hours: 9:00am to 3:00pm (Sunday to Thursday)