Michael R. Scotch
1) Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) & Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone (ADAFZ)
When it comes to airline services, the Abu Dhabi Airports Company provides a vast spectrum of options to businesses, operators and airlines with its varied subsidiaries. The company aims to lead the airport industry hence seeks to constantly enhance its products, services and infrastructure. They only work with high level service providers, experts and associate themselves in partnerships that will make them world-class and ensure their financial stability in return.
2) Abu Dhabi Airport Business City
To accomplish the Government’s vision of an ambitious and dynamic economy by 2030, Abu Dhabi Airport business city was established to develop and manage business centres or Free Zones around the airports. These Free Zones provide office solutions and warehousing to businesses and include other unique benefits as well.
The following are the target sectors for the business city. It aims to become the preferred destination for these business sectors:
Free Zone benefits:
Some of the Business City’s benefits are:
Commercial districts under the Business City Jurisdiction:
Facilities and infrastructure:
Businesses can function as:
3) Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) & Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone (KPIZ)
To quicken the economic development of Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Ports Company aims to re-structure the maritime landscape by efficiently working with the government, regulators and stakeholders and create a competent supply chain model. ADPC takes it in its stride to enhance the communities that they serve and manage a vast array of assets at the ports from Al Sila to Khalifa.
It is essential to maintain a world class infrastructure at the ports to contribute widely to the growth and development of the economy. It is equally important to focus on the support services that are provided outside of the port gates which effectively aid in industrial and trade growth. With the ever changing market demands, the port facilities have to be customised accordingly keeping the strategy ‘Customer centric’.
The popular flagship Khalifa port is the only port that houses a semi-automated container terminal and 6 of the largest ship-to-shore cranes in whole region.
4) Khalifa Industrial Zone (Kizad)
Kizad provides a platform for business growth to both local and international investors, enabling easier access to regional and international markets and low costs. Abu Dhabi aims to accomplish sustainable growth as per its Vision 2030 and Kizad plays an integral role by providing numerous opportunities at a global level. Through its world class infrastructure and strategic location, it makes it easy to connect with over 4.5 bn customers across 4 different time zones.
Kizad is best known for:
These benefits will ensure a seamless business experience aiming to sustain them for longer periods of time and with these unmatched advantages. Additionally, to provide high quality value and increased convenience to its consumers, Kizad has further refined the ‘One stop Shop’ concept, by establishing a framework for rapid processes. This framework includes enhanced relationships with licensing authorities, government and utility companies to remove intermediaries and fasten the approval process.
To start a Business in KIZAD:
Step 1: The following forms (depending on type of facility or operation the party wants to incorporate) need to be filled:
Step 2: Once the forms are filled, the Business and Technical services teams of KIZAD will review the forms and screen them as required for the following steps.
Step 3: To find the best unit of land for your business, the land applications are sent to the ‘Plot Allocation Committee’. They find and assign land based on the nature and requirements of your business.
Step 4: After a detailed analysis is done by both parties, the applicant and Kizad, an agreement is created on the incorporation of the company within the industrial zone. Here, a preliminary agreement can be chosen by the applicant, to finish procedures that are required before the final agreement is established. Kizad helps aid this process with an instrument enabling closer proximity to third party investments and finances.
Note: Furnished spaces like warehouses and work spaces will also be reviewed by the tech and finance teams before it is allotted to the occupier. The agreements will either be given on a reservation basis where the agreement states that the allotted unit will be held by the Kizad for a particular amount of time or on a lease basis. A lease agreement (pre- agreed after completion of unit) states the number of units, their design, specifications and date of delivery.
5) Masdar City Free Zone
Known widely for its renewable energy and clean technology, Masdar City is one of the fastest growing Free Zones located closer to the Abu Dhabi International airport.
What does Masdar City offer?
This city has created a business friendly platform with world class facilities, infrastructure and flexible investment regulations for successful business conducts.
Masdar City – Legal structures
Those companies within this Free Zone work in accordance with the regulations drawn by Masdar City. To establish a company, the city allows for the establishment through the following legal structures:
Based on the financial plan and activities that the company participates in, Masdar City offers the following Tariff options:
UAE Nationals & Khalifa Fund
No. of Activities
License Fee (AED)
License is issued for the following Business segments of Masdar City:
6) Twofour54: A collaborative campus community
Twofour54 is strongly founded on 3 pillars:
Companies and people looking to establish themselves in the community can reach out to Tawasol, the business enabler who would provide all the support required.
Twofour54 takes its name after the geographical coordinates of Abu Dhabi and aims to position itself as the centre of excellence for Arabic media and entertainment content across fields like gaming, events, digital media, music, film, broadcast and much more. If you are looking to establish a business in this field, this community is just the place for you.
What will twofour54 assist you with?
Top companies in twofour54:
A diverse set of companies have set up their bases in this community including CNN, Pyramedia, Flash, BBC, The Financial Times, Thomson Reuters and more.
What is ZonesCorp?
The higher corporation for SEZs, was established to re-structure and enhance Abu Dhabi and make it a local and foreign investment hub. ZonesCorp aids in enabling a diverse economy in the Emirate, by planning, developing, operating and promoting SEZs through its world class infrastructure, services and flexible policies for long term sustenance.
ZonesCorp constantly enhances its ways to meet the ever growing economic agenda of the Emirate and wants to position itself as one of the primary economic contributors.