With world-class infrastructure and a vibrant and dynamic private sector, Abu.Dhabi continues to grow as a global and regional commercial hub. 


As ambitious as ever, local leadership and authorities have been set on making Abu.Dhabi even more attractive to global investors and businesspeople, reducing the cost of licensing fees and requirements to set up a commercial business in the emirate.


As of 27 July 2021, business setup and licence renewal fees cost as little as AED 1,000. As part of the emirate’s efforts to further enable its private sector, the reduction marks a drop of almost 94%.


Announced in collaboration with the Abu.Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) and various government bodies, the move aims to significantly enhance the ease of doing business in the emirate, in addition to increasing transparency and reducing administration.


The new fees include six activities within the business licence and will cover all fees from Abu.Dhabi Government entities such as ADDED, the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT), membership fees for the Abu.Dhabi Chamber of Commerce, CoC (Certificate of Conformity) issuance fee, and fees required by the emirate’s regulating entities dependent on the type of business.


Several fees have been removed entirely while others have been considerably reduced.


In an effort to bolster business competitiveness and increase trust, Abu.Dhabi is focussing on a number of new measures for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are operating in the emirate.


Federal fees will continue to apply.


To learn more about the reduced fees, you can visit the ADDED’s website.

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