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The Department of Legal Affairs in the Ministry of Economy is responsible for developing federal laws and legislations related to economy, commerce and investment.
Expatriates who wish to engage in business activities in Abu Dhabi need to have an Emirati partner or partners whose share is not less than 51% of the company's capital, with the exception of free zones that grant foreigners full ownership rights of their projects.
Abu Dhabi is taking a number of serious steps to diversify its economy away from overdependence on hydrocarbon industries. The Emirate is also improving its investment climate to generate considerable investor interest and become the most attractive investment destination in the region.
Obtain information regarding requirements of economic licences
This service enables the user to reserve the economic name for a definite period (3,6,9,12) months.
Owned by the Abu Dhabi Government, the Sharaka initiative is a government platform aimed at facilitating the private sector's reception of payments from Abu Dhabi Government entities, allowing private business to thrive and prosper in the Emirate. The platform further bolsters cooperation with the private sector operating in the emirate by addressing their concerns with government outstanding dues via a trusted and secure communication mechanism based on transparency, responsiveness and constructive dialogue
Expatriates desiring to launch a business in Abu Dhabi need to partner with an Emirati. The Emirati partner or partners must own at least 51% of the company's capital. However, this does not apply to companies, which are established and based in the Free Zone, where investors enjoy sole proprietorship.
There are 6 types of business licences: Commercial Licence, Agricultural Licence, Professional Licence, Occupational Licence, Industrial Licence, Tourism Licence.
This service is provided by the General Headquarters of Abu Dhabi Police to applicants interested in pursuing commercial activity that subject to the approval of Abu Dhabi police General Headquarters