Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Setting up a company trade licence in Abu Dhabi, one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, is a tactical move. Abu Dhabi is the hot spot for creative industries. Its central location between Asia and Europe with direct flights to all major cities make it easily accessible and the ideal location for business.

As the capital of the United Arab Emirates, the government provides strong support for the business and media industries, invests intensively in innovation, and maintains a stable environment driven by economic opportunity. Abu Dhabi is the home of world-class cultural attractions, iconic landmarks, progressive architecture, stunning natural landscapes, year-round sunshine, and so much more.

benefits of an abu dhabi trade licence

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Multi-cultural and English speaking

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Makes up 65% of the UAE’s economy

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Trailblazing infrastructure

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Direct flights to the world’s major capitals

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Covers a 24-hour business clock

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SME and entrepreneur friendly business environment

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Ranked no. 1 safest city in the world by Numbeo

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Voted the 2nd happiest place in the world to live, visit and do business in the Ipsos Top Cities Index

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Business registration and licence fees waived for the first two years

Investment Environment

Abu Dhabi has a diverse and sustainable economy that facilitates success for innovative businesses both in the short- and long-term. The UAE capital offers unrivalled connectivity to the business world, boasting proximity to one of the world’s busiest ports and presenting a potential market of 80 per cent of the world’s population within an eight-hour flight. Abu Dhabi provides investment opportunities across diverse sectors and offers a offers bespoke Investor Care services and incentives through the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO).

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FAQ on business setup in Abu Dhabi

There is no licence fee to set up your business at twofour54, as the licence fees to set up a new company in Abu Dhabi have been waived by the Media Zone Authority for the first two years* (MZA).

Yes, you will need to pay some other fees, including:

1 GM pre-approval AED 525
2 PO Box AED 1,312.50
3 Immigration fees Immigration registration fee: AED 755 (every three years)
Online registration in immigration system: AED 2,080
4 Visa fees (excluding VAT) About AED 4,140 per person, excluding health insurance.
The health insurance amount depends on cover, age and gender.
5 Office annual rent (subject to availability) Depends on the type and space of the office, which can be discussed with your business development manager.

Yes, we have a full range of offices available for every type and size of media business.

No, if you are registered with the MZA, you must be located inside the media zone.

Yes, all employees must have visas issued by the MZA.

Yes, every company registered under the MZA has to have a registered MZA PO Box.

Yes. As long as you can provide all the required information, you can set up a company from wherever you are located.

The process only takes a few days if all the information is provided.

There is no minimum share capital requirement.

Yes, you can choose to open the bank account before or after the company is incorporated and licensed. If you choose to open the bank account after the company is incorporated, the bank account must be opened prior to the first renewal of the business license.

No, only the general manager and the employees have to reside in the UAE.

Yes, if you have the correct DED licence. Ask us for more information concerning this.

Yes, once your company is incorporated under the Media Zone Authority.

FAQs on business support services

  • Government liasion services, such as No Objection Certificates and vehicle services
  • Visa services, like employment visa, visas for dependents and visit visas
  • Travel services, like tourist visas, holiday packages and cargo transportation
  • Support services, such as IT, conference bookings and office cleaning

Yes, if you are a twofour54 partner, you will have online access to do so.

You can pay via a credit or debit card, cash, bank transfer or cheque.

From 09:00 to 17:00, Sunday to Thursday.

No, we can only deal with health insurance for our partners and their dependents.