Frequently Asked Questions


What are the advantages of establishing a business in the free zone?

The Government of Abu Dhabi provides tremendous support for businesses established within free zones in the form of incentives such as:

  • 100% foreign ownership of companies (eliminating the need for a local partner)
  • Low cost operational environment
  • Full repatriation of capital and profits
  • Exemption from import, export, corporate and personal taxes

Additional support is provided in the form of expedited approval process for obtaining necessary permits, licenses and clearances from relevant authorities, as well as assistance in finding skilled labor and suitable accommodation.

How do I start a business in Abu Dhabi ?

The Department of Economic Development is the government entity responsible for commercial licensing through the Abu Dhabi Business Center, which serves as a one stop shop for all your business needs. The ADIO team will help you every step of the way.  For more information please visit: https://adbc.abudhabi.ae/citizenaccess 

Will ADIO help me through the entire process of setting up my business?

We will be by your side throughout the process of setting up your business and will provide you with the necessary assistance to make the process as smooth as possible.

Am I able to obtain ADIO services after I have started my business?

We provide “After  Care” services to ensure that our investors are satisfied and their business needs are being fulfilled. You can contact us at any point to avail our services.

What is the level of IP protection in UAE ?

The UAE works closely with The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and has been a member since 1974. For more information please visit: http://www.wipo.int/directory/en/details.jsp?country_code=AE

How do I choose a location for my business?

As part of our services, we can advise you on selecting a location for your business, including identification of potential office space or land.

Can I get sectorial reports and statistics?

We can provide you with any sector related data you may need, including analyst reports and statistics.

Does ADIO provide financial support to foreign investors?

Yes, Abu Dhabi provides financial support to select companies that fall within Abu Dhabi’s focus sectors.  Please reach out to our investment office if you feel your Company could benefit from expanding into or relocating to the Emirate.

We can also assist you with identifying trusted banks within Abu Dhabi.

Does ADIO coordinate B2B meetings?

ADIO can assist in finding the right business partner for you, as well as help arrange B2B meetings.

Does ADIO only operate within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi?

Yes, ADIO only operates in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.