Setting up business in ADGM

A world leading financial center

Located in the heart of the United Arab Emirates’ capital, Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) is a leading global financial center. Offering a diverse range of financial services like asset management, private banking, Islamic finance, and capital raising, ADGM has become a favored destination for business setup and investors worldwide.

With its secure regulatory environment and comprehensive offerings, ADGM has cemented its position as a thriving hub for international enterprises seeking growth and success.

Legal Framework of ADGM

ADGM has a separate framework from the UAE. The framework is the responsibility of 3 independent entities. These authorities ensure that business in Abu Dhabi operates in line with international practices recognized by the financial market entities worldwide.

Financial  Sevices Regulatory Authority (FSRA)

In charge of overseeing and supervising financial services originating from or operating within the ADGM.

Registration Authority

Tasked with handling the registration of companies, partnerships, and additional business entities established in the ADGM.

 Abu Dhabi Global Market Courts

In charge of managing the dispensation of justice within the ADGM.

Advantages of Setting Up Your Business in the ADGM

There are many advantages of setting up a business in the ADGM. Abu Dhabi’s market is dynamic and requires careful execution for setting up a business.

Ease of doing business
100% ownership
No restriction for foreigners
No capital repatriation
No currentcy restrictions
ADGM functions according to the widely acknowledged English common law, promoting fairness and openness across its jurisdiction.
The legal structure facilitates cross-border operations.
Tax Benefits
No personal tax
VAT is 5%
9% corporate tax (if applicable)
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Strategic Location
ADGM's central location in the Middle East provides convenient access for conducting business across Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Its proximity to airports like Dubai International Airport further enhances the accessibility.
Business Ecosystem
ADGM is a hub for more than 100 startups and accelerators, which includes Hub71 and startAD.
Energetic workforce
Top-notch facilities and infrastructure
Visa Processing
ADGM provides adaptable visa options for businesses and professionals looking to set up a business in the UAE. These packages enable companies and individuals to acquire a business license, a residency visa, and essential permits.

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Types of Licenses offered in ADGM

The Abu Dhabi Global Market accommodates a range of business activities, typically categorized into two types: financial and non-financial enterprises.

Companies in ADGM’s financial sector offer financial services and products to individuals, businesses, and other entities.

Here are various activities categorized under financial businesses:

  1. Investment Banks
  2. Asset Management and Funds
  3. FinTech
  4. Capital Markets
  5. Investment Advisory and
  6. Wealth Management
  7. Insurance Companies
  8. Payment and Clearing
  9. Services
  10. Credit Rating Agencies
  11. Auditing and Accounting
  12. Firms
  13. Brokerage

Non- Financial
Non-financial businesses within the ADGM jurisdiction encompass any business activity not involving the exchange of money or financial instruments.

Activities under non-financial business: 

1. Technology and Innovation Companies
2. Business Consulting Firms
3. Retail and Consumer Goods Businesses
4. Real Estate and Property Development Companies
5. Healthcare and Medical Companies
6.  Education and Training Providers
7. Hospitality and Tourism Businesses
8. Manufacturing and Industrial Businesses 

Steps in Setting Up Your Company in ADGM

Establishing a company in the Abu Dhabi Global Market typically follows a uniform process regardless of the permitted business activities. Here are the general steps you can take to set up a company in ADGM:

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Expertise in ADGM Regulations
With years of experience in the industry, our team possesses deep knowledge of ADGM's regulatory framework. We stay updated with the latest laws and guidelines, ensuring your business complies with all legal requirements. This expertise minimizes risks and streamlines the setup process, saving you time and resources.

Tailored Solutions
We understand that each business is unique, with its own set of needs and goals. That’s why we offer customized solutions designed to meet your specific requirements. Whether you’re a startup, SME, or multinational corporation, we tailor our services to align with your business objectives, ensuring a perfect fit.
Comprehensive Services
Our end-to-end services cover every aspect of business setup in ADGM, from initial consultation and company registration to obtaining licenses, visas, and office space. We handle all the administrative and logistical details, allowing you to focus on your core business activities.

Seamless Process
Setting up a business can be complex and time-consuming. Our streamlined process is designed to make it as straightforward and efficient as possible. We take care of all the paperwork, approvals, and follow-ups, ensuring a hassle-free experience for you.

Strategic Location
ADGM is one of the most prestigious financial centers in the world, offering a strategic location that provides access to global markets. By setting up your business in ADGM, you benefit from a robust legal framework, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and a business-friendly environment that promotes growth and innovation.

Dedicated Support
Our commitment to your success doesn’t end with the setup. We provide ongoing support to help you navigate the challenges of running a business in ADGM. From compliance and regulatory updates to business development advice, our team is always available to assist you.

Proven Track Record
We have a proven track record of helping numerous businesses establish and thrive in ADGM. Our clients’ success stories are a testament to our dedication, expertise, and high-quality service. When you choose us, you’re partnering with a trusted advisor committed to your long-term success.

Client-Centric Approach
Your satisfaction is our top priority. We pride ourselves on our client-centric approach, providing personalized attention and tailored solutions to meet your specific needs. Our team is dedicated to delivering exceptional service and ensuring a positive experience from start to finish.


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