Abu Dhabi is the perfect gateway to the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, combining world-class infrastructure with easy access to regional and global markets.

Strategic location

Over the past 50 years, Abu Dhabi has grown into a global business hub.

Today, Abu Dhabi is the perfect gateway to markets across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

 

With 33% of the world just a 4-hour flight away and 80% of the world reachable with an 8-hour flight, the emirate offers world-class infrastructure and connectivity across four time zones.

Many companies use Abu Dhabi as their hub to the world, including: 

  • Starzplay - subscription based, video-on-demand service that streams Hollywood and Arabic movies, TV shows, documentaries and more
  • Pure Harvest -  tech-enabled farming venture that uses cutting-edge food production systems to grow fresh fruits and vegetables in a climate-controlled environment
  • Nanoracks - the single largest commercial user of the International Space Station (ISS) and a provider of commercial access to low-Earth orbit 
  • FreshToHome - an e-grocery platform for fresh, chemical-free produce

The UAE capital

Abu Dhabi is a great place to do business, invest, live and work.

 

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE and the largest emirate – by size and GDP contribution. For you, that means quick, convenient access to government services and leading corporations headquartered in Abu Dhabi.

  • Abu Dhabi contributes 60% of the UAE's total economy
  • Has a AAA credit rating
  • It is the largest emirate by size
  • 100% foreign ownership of companies
  • 0% corporate tax rates and 0% personal income tax

We have a strong and stable economy that supports long-term, sustainable growth within the private sector.

 

We are also proudly home to some of the world's greatest cultural sites and events including the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit and many more. 

Talent

To innovate, you need access to the best human capital.

 

Abu Dhabi has a vibrant talent pool focusing on science, technology, engineering, mathematics and entrepreneurship.

 

Abu Dhabi is ranked 9th globally and 2nd regionally in the economic performance index of the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook (2020).

 

Our world-class higher-education institutions are fostering the next generation of innovators and leaders. The capital is home to more than 16 universities including Khalifa UniversitySorbonne University Abu DhabiINSEADNew York University Abu Dhabi and the UAE University in Al Ain.

 

The emirate is also home to the world's first AI university – the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI).

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Innovation

In Abu Dhabi, we believe that innovation is critical for sustainable success.

 

We support big thinkers, innovators and forward-thinking companies. In fact, we're proud to say that Abu Dhabi has been ranked the smartest city in the Middle East.


In 2020, ADIO launched the AED 2 billion ($ 545 million) Innovation Programme that provides incentives to businesses within the emirate's high-growth areas. This includes Financial Services, Tourism, AgTech, ICT and Healthcare & Biopharma, among others.

 

Through innovation, we will ensure that every investor enjoys access to capital, local talent, best-in-class regulatory environment, support for R&D and advanced infrastructure.

 

Entities supporting innovation in Abu Dhabi include:

Quality of life

The wellbeing of residents and visitors is of the highest priority to the Abu Dhabi government.

  

Culturally, we have one of the world's most diverse populations, with 200+ different nationalities calling Abu Dhabi home. Our rich cultural calendar is reflective of this, with events ranging from sports to music and arts.


Abu Dhabi is home to top academic institutions and advanced healthcare facilities.

 

The recently launched Abu Dhabi Residents Office (ADRO) serves as a dedicated resource to help the emirate's international community grow, develop and thrive. 

 

Quality of life indicators:

Infrastructure

Abu Dhabi has state-of-the-art transport systems to connect you across the emirate, the region and the world.


Our high-quality, efficient domestic infrastructure allows you to operate your business at its full potential.

Connectivity

Placing first in the region in IMD's 2020 Smart City Index, Abu Dhabi is recognised as a regional centre of excellence within the ICT space. The emirate delivers competitive connectivity for businesses and individuals, with the UAE consistently achieving top rankings for ICT readiness and internet & smartphone penetration.

 

Abu Dhabi continues to unlock its smart infrastructure's potential through the relentless pursuit of innovation in AI, the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, cloud, e-commerce, smart manufacturing and more.

Investment outlook

Abu Dhabi is a great place for companies and businesses to invest, innovate and grow.


The UAE is the Middle East's largest FDI recipient according to UNCTAD, with Abu Dhabi supporting inflows to the country for the past few years. We have cultivated an attractive investment environment underpinned by our streamlined procedures and enabling policies, including 100% foreign ownership of companies.

 

We plug investors into the Arab world's second-largest economy and some of the world's fastest-growing markets.


We offer a range of investment opportunities across diverse sectors from FinTech to Ecotourism.

 

The Abu Dhabi advantage includes:

  • 100% foreign ownership of companies
  • 94 tax agreements with foreign nations
  • 0% corporate and income tax with low VAT rate of 5%
  • Special economic zones with up to 100% profit repatriation
  • No minimum requirement company setup
  • Stable currency pegged to the US Dollar (AED 3.6725 – $1)
  • FDI inflow climbed over 44% to AED 73 billion ($19.88b) in 2020
  • Readily available capital for state-of-the-art technology
  • Electricity generation capability and inexpensive energy
  • Among the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world Capital availability: equity/debt via local market – venture funds, banks, family offices, private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds
  • Attractive leasing of office and warehouse space in addition to competitive prices for land and utilities

Ease of doing business

Abu Dhabi is committed to helping private sector companies succeed, ranking 12th in the world for ease of doing business.


In addition to long-term residency visas, 100% foreign ownership and low tax rates, we also enact policy and regulatory reforms that meet the pace of innovation and enable your continued growth.

 

Abu Dhabi is the best place for business because:

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