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Opening a Company in Abu Dhabi

Updated on Tuesday 19th April 2016

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Opening-a-Company-in-Abu-DhabiThe United Arab Emirates encourages local and foreign investors to set up companies in all Emirates. Among the most successful Emirates in the UAE is Abu Dhabi. Company registration in Abu Dhabi is quite simple and fast if all the documents are correctly prepared and if all the necessary licenses are obtained. Foreign investors may also register companies in Abu Dhabi, if they partner with a local investor, or in one of Abu Dhabi’s free zones which allow 100% foreign ownership.

Our company formation agents in Dubai may also help you register a company in Abu Dhabi.

What are the main steps to register a company in Abu Dhabi?

When opening a new business in Abu Dhabi, local and foreign investors must follow the next steps:

  • - obtain a trade name approval from the Department of Planning and Economy,
  • - conclude a tenancy agreement,
  • - conclude a partnership agreement or a services agency agreement which must be notarized,
  • - obtain a license with the competent authority.

All the above documents together with other relevant information must be submitted with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Abu Dhabi.

What are the types of companies to be registered in Abu Dhabi?

Foreign investors have two possibilities to incorporate a company in Abu Dhabi - a 100% foreign owned company within a free zone or a company in which they must have a local partner. In the category of wholly foreign owned companies, one may register:

The other types of companies available for registration in Abu Dhabi are:

  • - sole proprietorships,
  • - general and limited partnerships,
  • - private and public joint stock companies,
  • - limited liability companies,
  • subsidiaries,
  • - branch offices.

You can rely on our experts in Dubai for details about the Companies Law in the UAE.

What are the available types of business licenses in Abu Dhabi?

Abu Dhabi provides six types of business licenses for investors setting up companies in the Emirate. These are:

  • - the commercial license for conducting trading activities,
  • - the agricultural license,
  • - the professional license for individuals carrying out physical activities such as carpentry or masonry,
  • - the occupational license for consultants, lawyers, journalists,
  • - the industrial license,
  • - the tourism license.

For information about company licensing requirements in Abu Dhabi, please contact our Dubai company incorporation agents.

 

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