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  • Average setup time:
    2 weeks

About ADGM:

Established in 2015, Abu Dhabi Global Market is an award-winning international financial centre strategically located in the capital of the UAE that quickly gained global recognition for its progressive business-friendly ecosystem. ADGM’s three independent authorities – the Registration Authority (RA), the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) and ADGM Courts – together ensure that its business-friendly environment operates in line with international best practices.

Advantages of ADGM license:

  • Full English common law environment
  • 0% corporate income tax rate
  • No foreign ownership restrictions
  • No limits on repatriation of profits and no withholding taxes
  • Independent courts and a financial services regulator

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Types of business licenses:

Industrial License

This license type is issued to businesses engaged in manufacturing activities that transform natural materials and resources into final products. This license covers industries such as gold and precious metals manufacturing.

Service License

This license type is issued to businesses that are service providers, artisans or craftsmen. Examples of companies that apply for this type of license include medical services, beauty salons and repair services.

Trading License

To set up a business in Dubai that involves the buying and selling of goods, you need to obtain a trading license. This license can cover companies in import and export, sales, general stores, etc.

Popular business activities at ADGM:

  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Financial services
  • Tech start-ups
  • Holding companies

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