When establishing a new Abu Dhabi Business License, one of the first decisions one makes is whether to do so on the mainland (sometimes referred to as ‘onshore’) or in a free zone (sometimes referred to as ‘offshore’).
Abu Dhabi’s free zone license has five free zones that cover multiple industries and sectors. This article aims to give a broad overview of the different free zone options available in Abu Dhabi. We will also briefly describe the differences between mainland and free zone companies.
Abu Dhabi’s free zone license is the federal capital of the United Arab Emirates and the largest of the 7 emirates, occupying more than 80% of the country’s total land. There are several free zones in Abu Dhabi, which offer a favorable environment for business setup in the Emirates and provide a gateway for foreign investors to tap its full potential.