Setting up in ADGM

Grow and scale in Abu Dhabi’s award-winning international financial centre, providing an international and supportive business environment.

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SETTING UP YOUR BUSINESS IN ADGM

Why should you set-up your business within ADGM?

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) is an award-winning international financial center (IFC) located in the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It constitutes of three independent authorities: ADGM Courts, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority and the Registration Authority, ADGM.

Setting up your business within ADGM will offer your organisation an opportunity to grow and scale in a supportive business environment with the advantage of operating in a tax-friendly environment, under the English Common law, with an entitlement of dual licensing and an independent jurisdiction.

You join the league of the leading international companies from across the globe when you set-up your business at ADGM

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How to Start your Business Journey with ADGM
All-inclusive Ecosystem

ADGM offers a comprehensive ecosystem and transparent process that cater to the transformational and logistic needs of all kinds of organizations, be it a start-up or a globally well-established player.

A strategic location

Situated in the Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, ADGM is a designated financial free zone that is located near the centre of the city and 15 minutes from the Zayed Port and 30 minutes from the International Airport.

Infinite support

ADGM offers end-to-end support for setting up a business, be it the various applications, visas, government-related activities, office space allocation, and much more. It also acts as an advisor and to help your business grow and succeed.

Access to growing markets

As an international finance centre, ADGM, via it’s affiliated network and a wide spectrum of services, can help your business gain to the growing exonomies of the Middle East, Africa, and Asia to forge partnerships.

What we offer you

Efficient processes and procedures
Fully digital application process
Support with visas and government services
Modern infrastructure and global connectivity
Legislation and regulations
Legal certainty due to direct applicable of English common law
An independent jurisdiction with its own civil and commercial laws
Independent ADGM Courts
Ownership and tax environment
100% ownership
ADGM is a tax friendly environment, with 0% direct tax
No restrictions on repatriations of profits
Growing number of Double Tax Treaties

Setting up your business with ADGM is simple and fast

1

Starting point

Speak to our business development team to understand how you can start your business application process with us. You can reach out to us on Bd@adgm.com or +971 2 333 8888

2

Identifying the paperwork

Depending on the nature of your business, our team will advise on the type of licence your business would need and the forms to be filled out. you can visit registration.adgm.com to browse through the various registration forms.

3

Submission and review process

Our submission process is fully online, and we provide businesses with a cost-effective notarisation process. Upon receiving your application, our team will review it and advise if any further actions are needed. Upon completion of the review process, we will issue the incorporation certificate for your business.

4

Office space

Depending on the needs of your business, you can choose from a wide range of commercial spaces located in Al Maryah Island Square. These include state-of-the-art standalone, fully serviced and co-working office spaces. Our team of experts will support you in identifying, as well as leasing, an office space.

5

Banking

One of the key elements of running a business smoothly is having a reliable banking service provider. ADGM has strong ties within the banking community in the region. Our team will assess your banking needs and advise on the best banking partners for you and make all the necessary introductions to help start the process.

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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
Our IFC is an exceptional lifestyle destination, home to 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)

ADGM support measures assist our community through this challenging time

ADGM is closely monitoring precautionary measures taken by the Abu Dhabi Government in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic and is aligning with their directives to minimise the spread of the virus and ensure the safety of our community.

 

ADGM continues to keep in touch with its community on Al Maryah Island and provide more updates via its Circulars on any changes that may impact businesses and services in light of the changing developments.

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