Business Setup in Abu Dhabi

Setting up your dream firm in one of the most stable and fastest growing markets in the Middle East, is relatively easier. Abu Dhabi promises countless business opportunities, a highly transparent and flexible business environment and the procedures for setting up a company in Abu Dhabi are pretty simple.

Abu Dhabi offers first class living standards with top-notch facilities in diverse sectors such as education, healthcare, residences, recreation and transportation. You can setup your company in a free zone or mainland, in Abu Dhabi.

Free zones offer complete foreign ownership without the need for a sponsor and it requires minimum paperwork and duration. One can establish a free zone limited liability company or a free zone establishment in Abu Dhabi.

Currently, there are five free zones in Abu Dhabi-

TWOFOUR54 – the media free zone

Kizad or Khalifa Industrial Zone – the industrial free zone

Masdar City Free Zone – the renewable energy / green tech free zone

Abu Dhabi Airport Business City – the business and logistics free zone

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) – the financial free zone


Setting up a company in Abu Dhabi mainland requires you to partner with a local entity who can act as a sponsor for LLC or a National Service Agent for Representative or Foreign Branch Offices. Abu Dhabi Economic Department issues licenses for all types of businesses except for free zones. Company can be categorized into-

Limited Liability Company (LLC)


Sole Proprietorship

Public Shareholding Company

Private Shareholding Company

Branch of a Local (UAE) Company

Branch of a Foreign Company

Establishment (only for UAE nationals)


There are numerous business setup consultants in Abu Dhabi and choosing the best one that helps you take forward your company towards the right direction, is crucial. AON Consultants assists you in building your enterprise from scratch, whether it is in free zone or mainland. We take care of all the required formalities, be it paperwork, legal formalities, account opening, acquiring trade license or visa, during the company formation process in Abu Dhabi.

how can we help you?

Contact us at the Consulting WP office nearest to you or submit a business inquiry online.

“AON helped us in handling all documentation and legal formalities while starting our business in UAE. They stood with us in every stage of the incorporation process.”

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, Nice Software Solution, Dubai

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Sanjay Raina
, Ascent Group Middle East

Setting up a company in UAE turned out to be a smooth and hassle-free process with the help of AON. They helped us immensely from the initial phase to the final one.

Mr. Ghirmay
, Soleil Power, Dubai