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Launched 2015, Abu Dhabi Global Market is an international financial centre in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. A financial free zone, ADGM is an Independent jurisdiction encompassing rules and regulations aligned with international best practice. Companies have access to a growing ecosystem of finance, services and talent. It is home to the world’s leading professional advisory firms

ADGM’s three independent authorities (Registration Authority, Financial Services Regulatory Authority and the ADGM Courts) provide a holistic environment enabling registered companies to conduct business and operate with confidence as well being recognized by major financial centres across the world.

Core Sectors: Themed free zone with core focus on financial services, holding companies and Special Purpose Vehicles

ADGM Advantages

  • 0% tax
  • No withholding of taxes or VAT
  • No restrictions on repatriation of profits
  • Growing number of Double tax treaties
  • Modern infrastructure
  • Common law jurisdiction
  • Wide range of available licenses
  • High credibility vis-à-vis with banks
  • Independent ADGM courts
  • Best-in-class independent regulatory framework
  • Variety of legal structures available
  • Fast setup process
  • Central location in Abu Dhabi
  • No office requirement if agent appointed
  • Sophisticated back office that are able to handle sophisticated structures
  • Pragmatic immigration

Types of Licenses

  • Professional services (regulated / non-regulated)
  • Retail
  • Other – SFO


  • Retail spaces
  • Serviced offices
  • Offices fitted and shell and core options


Unparalleled Access To World-Class Business Services

  • Authorities Building, ADGM Square
  • 0% tax, No withholding of taxes or VAT
  • From USD 50,000 (depending on the activity) SPV’s do not require any share capital.
  • Regulated 4-6 months, non-regulated 6-8 weeks and SPV 2-3 days
  • Tax and duty exemption
  • Required annually, exemptions for SME’s and SPV – proper books of accounts must be maintained.