Business support services in Abu Dhabi and the UAE | twofour54

twofour54 Abu Dhabi

twofour54 is not just a great business location for content creators, it is an eco-system providing end-to-end support, guidance and knowledge, and a range of services to get you and your business running as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Our collaborative ecosystem facilitates a wide range of business support services starting from marketing and business networking to services including government liaison, logistics and office support, IT services, travel arrangements, and offer you the talent and facilities to grow and thrive all through a one-stop-shop!

We aim to simplify your life, so you can focus on running your business while we take care of the rest.

Our collaborative ecosystem facilitates a wide range of support starting from marketing and business networking to services including government liaison, logistics, travel and office support.

tawasol services

Tawasol offers a wide range of services to both local and international clients, serving twofour54 partners and freelancers, Abu Dhabi-based companies, and productions filming in Abu Dhabi. Among its services are visa and residency services, travel services, and filming permits.

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partners intranet

The intranet Connect portal is an exclusive online platform for our community in which our partners can engage with our collaborative ecosystem, access resources, share news, register for events, search for freelance talent, avail exclusive offers, and much more.

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networking events

Taking place every quarter, twofour54 connect – partner-networking events provide an engaging opportunity for our partners and the wider community to meet other partners, businesses, and government entities, talk to potential customers and find out about our latest developments.

marketing support

With our extensive marketing and support offerings, we have the tools to promote your business, across the community and the media. Including prominent brand placement on our website, promotions on our social media channels, and sharing your success stories and case studies.

strategic introduction and connections

We facilitate introductions and referrals between our partners, and support with the strategic introduction and the creation of connections amongst our partners and government entities, to help businesses thrive and prosper.

An industry is nothing without talented people to run it, guide it and grow it. That’s why at twofour54, our commitment to building the Capital for Content Creators doesn’t stop at creating opportunities for businesses.

We aim to inspire the next generation of creative leaders by developing youth-focused initiatives that spark interest in the media sector. We offer a range of initiatives designed to educate, excite and engage.

freelancers pool

Looking for great talent for your next project? Whether you need a marketing strategist, a graphic designer, or a photographer, we can help. With a pool of over 530+ multilingual talented freelancers, across 60 media specialties, our team will source the perfect talent for the job.

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youth talent pool

Creative lab connects volunteers and interns for productions and other projects, allowing them to collaborate with professionals, boost their skills through an internship, attend workshops or short courses, or hang out and brainstorm creative ideas.

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Our campus offers an environment that encourages innovation through collaboration, mentorship, and networking. Everything we do is to ensure that our partners have the resources they need to change the media and entertainment landscape in the region.


Our HD studio facilities include seven broadcast-ready studios. Each has a production gallery, a comfortable green room and make-up and dressing rooms, supported by staff from our in-house team. All studios are soundproofed with full saturation lighting rigs, soft 'cycs' and 4x4 m 'elephant doors' for drive-in access.


The 300,000 sq. m. backlot offers a wide variety of sets and facilities for any production. Facilities include costume, make-up and dressing rooms, a large canteen and purpose-built production offices, making filming at this exclusive setting as seamless as possible.

edit suites

twofour54 being named “Post Production House of the Year” multiple times by Digital Studio magazine, offers multi-use post-production suites dedicated to high-end finishing, compositing and colour grading for work up to 4k.

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screening room

twofour54's screening room provides 16 superior quality raked seats, ensuring you and your guests all have the best seat in the house. True 4k cinema projection and Dolby surround sound are just some of the features of our state-of-the-art screening room.

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meeting rooms

We have a wide range of meeting rooms and event venues all in close proximity to your offices at twofour54. With capacity varying from 5 people to 200, these meeting rooms and event halls can serve many functions from small business meetings to press conferences.


A creative environment where you can work, meet, and connect, this is a place where you can run workshops, work on a project using the latest equipment, or just hang out in the lounge.

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talk to us

If you would like more information or want to talk to us about supporting your business, you can visit the business services team on the ground floor of Building 1 at twofour54. We are open from 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday to Thursday,

Alternatively, you can call us on 800 2454 or Email us at

frequently asked questions

You can set up a company and start the process of obtaining your trade license by registering your interest on the twofour54 website. One of our team members will then be in touch to guide you through the process.

Creative freelancers and media, entertainment and gaming companies who are wondering how to start a business in Abu Dhabi can register for their license through twofour54.

A commercial license is the same as a trade license. twofour54 is based on Yas Island in the UAE capital and you can obtain a commerical license through them by visiting the twofour54 website.

Tourist visa overstaying fees have been standardized at AED 50 per day from the first day after expiry. These fees should be settled before starting the residency process or leaving the country.

You can apply for renewal of your residency up to 30 days before its expiry date. Or, if you want to renew it earlier, you must first take special permission and approval from ICP. Failure to renew in time will result in fines. The ICP has standardized overstaying fines in the UAE. According to the new rules, visit, tourist and residence visa overstaying fees are now fixed at AED 50 per day.

Your company will be fined according to the immigration authority’s rules and procedures. Fines are AED 1,155 for the first month and AED 100 for each consecutive month, and you will also need to pay service charges to twofour54.

The Creative Media Authority has waived license and registration fees for new companies for the first two years. The first year alone would normally cost new businesses AED 15,000 in licence fees and AED 3,500 for registration, but currently there are no license fees to pay.

Tawasol will help you apply for your business license and establishment card and officially launch your company. You can also enlist the help of Tawasol when they need to be renewed. Application for your registration channel at the immigration authority must be made through Tawasol as well. This can be done as soon as your business is officially launched, and the Tawasol team will also help you renew it upon expiry.

No, in fact it is very simple.
If you are wondering how to open a business in the UAE, just get in touch with the team at twofour54 and they will guide you through the process.

How do I register a company in Abu Dhabi? To set up a business on Yas Island with twofour54, just follow the process below:

  1. Submit your business form and all the required documents
  2. Complete the process of obtaining your General Manager’s visa
  3. Wait for your business license and establishment card to be issued
  4. Access the self-service portal
  5. Finalize the visa application through the ICA portal
  6. Start the process of obtaining visas for your employees

You can complete your company registration for your new business online via the twofour54 website.

If your company is a registered partner of the twofour54 free zone, you can renew your Abu Dhabi trade license online by using our self-service portal.

How can I check my trade license online in Abu Dhabi? You can verify business licenses in Abu Dhabi by searching the database of the Department of Economic Development – Abu Dhabi for trade names or trade license details.

The Department of Health – Abu Dhabi issues a fine of AED 300 per month for individuals who are not subscribed to a valid health insurance scheme.

Once your Emirates ID has expired, you have a 30-day grace period in which you can renew it without incurring any fines. After that, an AED 20 daily fine will be applied, up to a maximum of AED 1,000. You will also need to pay twofour54 service charges to renew it.

You will be given access details during the onboarding process.

As long as you have a trade license, an establishment card and a valid registration channel at the immigration authority, you can sponsor your employees and secure visas for them. twofour54 will support you and guide you through this process.

Yes. Although license and registration fees have been waived for the first two years, you will still have to pay the following fees:

1 Manager pre-approval fee AED 500
2 Licensing renewal cost after the first 2 years AED 12,500 per year
3 General Manager Residency Cost AED 3,300 – 3,700 (Depending on the residency period, renewed upon expiration)
4 PO Box fee AED 1,312.5 per year
5 Establishment card fee AED 854.55
6 Access to the New Company electronic channel registration at Abu Dhabi immigration office AED 2,180
7 Health insurance Cost varies according to gender, age, chosen plan and coverage required

Depending on the type of business you launch, you may decide to lease an office for yourself and your employees.
twofour54 offers various different types of office spaces at Yas Creative Hub.
Subject to availability, this includes the following:

  • Hot desk (1 activity + 1 visa)

  • Serviced desk (2 activities + 2 visas)

  • Fitted offices (up to 5 activities, number of visas depends on the office area)

No, if you obtain an Abu Dhabi trade license then you must be based inside the Abu Dhabi free zone. The twofour54 team can help you find the right office space that is perfect for you and the new Yas Creative Hub campus on Yas Island offers an array of flexible working spaces that are available for rent. This includes fully-furnished offices for companies of all sizes and vibrant co-working spaces. Yas Creative Hub also boasts an array of production facilities, sound studies and event spaces, and its found just a short walk away from Yas Island’s vast array of restaurants, bars and leisure faciltiies and a 15 minute drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Yes they do. If you are sponsoring your staff, then it’s your responsibility to secure visas for them from the Creative Media Authority. The criteria that your employees have to meet for each visa is dependent upon their home country. The Tawasol team at twofour54 can help you obtain residents visas, Emirates IDs and health insurance for yourself and all your staff. Tawasol offers end-to-end business support services for all twofour54 partners.

Yes, the PO Box fee is AED 1,312.5 per year and this fee must be paid during the business set up process.

Yes, as long as you can provide all the required documents and information, you can setup a company in Abu Dhabi from anywhere in the world. However, in order to obtain a visa for your General Manager, the General Manager must be inside the country to complete his medical screening appointment.

Within 14 days of their visa activation, or within 14 days from when their status was changed from tourist or visitor to resident of the UAE.

Setting up a company comes with a lot of different tasks. For instance, before you apply for your license, you will need to create a business plan, and start thinking about your unique selling point, business strategy, logo and brand guidelines.

However, the twofour54 team make the process of applying for your business license quick and easy. First we will ask you for a number of documents and your business form and business plan, and then, once you have paid all the required fees, the set up process can be completed.

There is no minimum amount needed to open a company in Abu Dhabi.

Yes, you can. The bank may ask to see your Establishment Card and business license when you open a bank account.

Yes they do. You can obtain visas for your employees through our Tawasol business support department.

Created to offer end-to-end business services for all twofour54 partners, Tawasol makes it easy to apply for visas, permits and residencies.

Offering a fully digitalised, seamless experience, Tawasol is an efficient way of receiving business support, government liaison and travel agency services.

The e-portal allows you to submit all your visa requests online, track the status of your requests, and pay any required fees within minutes. The Tawasol team will also be there to offer help and support throughout every step of the visa application process.

Yes, subject to availability and approval.

No, only the General Manager and employees must reside in UAE.

Yes, if you have the correct DED license. Please get in touch for more information and for help with obtaining this license.

Yes, once you have officially set up and registered your company.