Abu Dhabi provides a diversified list of options when it comes to licensing authorities and free zones readily available for investors to setup in the Emirate. From flexible solutions for first time start-ups to more complex structures for bigger operations Abu Dhabi caters for all dreams and aspirations. Abu Dhabi’s growing and industry-focused jurisdictions have made the Emirate an extremely popular choice amongst SMEs, start-up owners and large organisations. The Emirate has unrivalled connectivity to the business world, with 80 per cent of the world’s population within an eight-hour flight. And, is ranked number one in the region for ease of doing business.

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Trade License

Advice On Jurisdiction

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Office Lease

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The Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi (AD DED) has the vision to achieve a sustainable, balanced, and diversified knowledge-based economy as part of the Emirate’s economic agenda.

Free Zones

The Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone aka ADAFZ is an economic zone located close to the Abu Dhabi International Airport. It was developed by Skycity, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC).

Masdar City, the flagship project of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), operates as a special economic zone with a focus on clean technology and renewable energy.

This dynamic media free zone provides the infrastructure and 360 support services for international, regional and local media businesses.

KIZAD offers world-class transportation infrastructure including sea, air, road and rail networks and easy access to local, regional and international markets.

Abu Dhabi Industrial City which is sometimes referred to as the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi is an industrial economic zone that provides support and infrastructure for business activities related to engineering, construction materials, oil and gas, and many others.

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) is an award-winning international financial centre, located in the heart of the Emirate.



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Entrepreneurs set up their business through Creative Zone since its inception in 2010


Clients come through referrals


Clients renew their Trade License every year


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Professional qualified staff


11 years of expertise in the industry in UAE


Wael Abdulkader

Head of Revenue & Strategy

Alistair Paine

Business Setup Manager

Romell Gumbs

Business Setup Advisor

Creative Zone is the Middle East's largest and most trusted business setup consultancy, whose business setup specialists have helped 45,000 entrepreneurs in efficiently launching their business in the UAE. The company was created with a simple yet revolutionary model for the UAE marketplace; to serve as a one-stop-shop, with flexible payment plans, for easy company incorporation.

Creative Zone has now evolved to provide added business support services to create an ecosystem that helps entrepreneurs and SMEs set up, sustain, and grow their businesses and contribute to the UAE's position as the global location of company setup.