Doing Business in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi announces 71% reduction in requirements to start a new commercial business

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) is proud to announce that the Abu Dhabi Government has achieved a reduction of 71% in requirements to start a new commercial business, making it significantly easier to set up a new venture in Abu Dhabi across all types of commercial activities.

A special taskforce launched in April 2021, led by ADDED as part of its ‘Investor Journey Program’, has coordinated with more than 20 government entities and the private sector to achieve a reduction of 71% in requirements across all activities. The reduced requirements, which act as pre-requisites to starting operations for a new business, reduce time and cost needed to embark on a new venture.

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Abu Dhabi reduces business setup and licence renewal fees to AED1,000

– As part of ongoing efforts to enable the private sector

– Led by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, in collaboration with multiple government entities including Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry
As a result of collaborative efforts led by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), in collaboration with multiple government entities including Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, business setup fees in Abu Dhabi emirate have been reduced to AED1,000 – a reduction of more than 90 per cent. Licence renewal fees also have been reduced to AED1,000.

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, membership fees for Abu Dhabi Chamber, CoC (Certificate of Conformity) issuance fee, and fees required by Abu Dhabi regulating entities dependent on the type of business. Several fees have been removed entirely while others have been considerably reduced.

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Abu Dhabi Government Services

A unified system helping you find Abu Dhabi government services and information.

The Abu Dhabi Government is keen to provide all possible means of convenience to the Emiratis and residents; following the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to provide the best governmental services to the UAE nationals, residents and investors, and enhance the country’s development.

The portal and the TAMM – Abu Dhabi Government Service Centres enable customers to complete a group of governmental services through one point of contact, without the need to visit the different Government entities to finalize the relevant transactions, by providing smart innovative solutions that enrich the customer experience, in accordance with the best global practices.

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National Sterilisation Programme Abu Dhabi-2021

In a further precautionary measure to protect the community from the spread of COVID-19, the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee is undertaking the ‘National Sterilisation Programme’ in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, starting from 19 July 2021.

Under the programme, sterilisation will take place daily between midnight and 5am. During these hours, traffic and public movement are restricted.

The public must stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to go out, or to get essential supplies, such as food and medicine. Those who wish to step out of the house in the emirate of Abu Dhabi need to apply for a movement permit through the website of Abu Dhabi Police.

The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis, and Disasters Committee has approved allowing only those vaccinated to enter some public places, after vaccinating 93 percent of target groups in the emirate and to preserve public health.

ADDED Introduces Exporter Capabilities to ATLP via “Abu Dhabi Export Gateway”

Platform to Collect Trade Data and Provide Exporters with Tools, Insights to Better Target Overseas Opportunities

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) and Maqta Gateway, the digital arm of Abu Dhabi Ports, part of ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies with a broad portfolio of major enterprises spanning key sectors of Abu Dhabi’s diversified economy, has announced the incorporation of Abu Dhabi Export Gateway as part of the Advanced Trade and Logistics Platform (ATLP).

ADNEC launches “Tourism 365” to support the growth of Abu Dhabi as a tourism destination and enhance its regional and global positioning

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), part of ADQ, has launched “Tourism 365”. The new company will create experiential travel opportunities for tourists coming to Abu Dhabi, and enhance the emirate’s regional and global positioning in the wider tourism sector.

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Effective today, 15 June 2021
Approves Usage of Al Hosn green pass for SAFE ENTRY to the malls, hotels, gyms, public parks & beaches, entertainment centers, restaurants, and cafes.
Make sure to have your regular PCR to make your al hosn always updated.
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Abu Dhabi remains to be the safe, awe-inspiring and culturally rich destination you last visited. We are ready and open to welcome you once again. Find out about the procedures to keep you safe while travelling to and across our emirate.


 UAE flights: Abu Dhabi removes quarantine requirement for Covid-vaccinated passengers

The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated travel procedures for citizens, residents and visitors entering Abu Dhabi from abroad.

Effective from Sunday, September 5, Covid-vaccinated travellers from all destinations arriving to Abu Dhabi will not need to quarantine. Unvaccinated travellers from destinations that are not on the ‘green list’ must quarantine for 10 days.

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Abu Dhabi green list: Oman, Maldives and Croatia among 22 new destinations added

Abu Dhabi has extended its green list of countries and destinations from which travellers can enter the emirate without needing to quarantine on arrival.

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Which destinations can I travel from without quarantine?

Abu Dhabi ‘Green List’ | Travellers from these countries can enter the emirate without quarantine
Source: Visit Abu DhabiWorld Bank • Last updated31/08/2021

UAE travel: How to apply for humanitarian exemption for re-entry?

Stranded expatriates in ‘red list’ countries wishing to return home to their families in the UAE can apply for travel exemption ‘on humanitarian grounds’ through the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) web portal and mobile application, Khaleej Times has learnt.

Travel agencies who have been facilitating this service have confirmed that many passengers, including those who have taken their vaccinations outside the UAE, have made their way back to the country.

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UAE Travel Update: Etihad brings back stranded residents from India, see how they got ICA approval

Abu Dhabi Airport

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has brought back hundreds of Indians stranded residents.

The residents were stranded in India due to the suspension of flights between UAE and India with the emergence of Delta variants.

Etihad on Saturday said that the airline operated services from New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kochi.

Abu Dhabi airport saw emotional scenes of family reunion and crying individuals making their way out of the airport after completing the procedures.

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Relaxed travel curbs ‘to boost UAE aviation and hospitality recovery’

The easing of travel restrictions to and from the UAE will further boost the recovery of the country’s aviation and hospitality sectors this year, according to Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank.

Requirements governing travel to the UK and India, two of the UAE’s top source markets, have been relaxed and this is expected to draw more tourists to the Gulf nation and improve transit flows, the lender said in its weekly economic research report.

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Latest Travel Info

Abu Dhabi announced that it will reopen to international tourists from 24 December 2020 and travellers from across the globe will be allowed entry to the capital.

No quarantine if travelling from countries, regions and territories on the ‘green’ list

Any visitors travelling from countries, regions and territories on the ‘green’ list will be exempt from quarantine requirements and can enter the destination by following a series of procedures that include COVID-19 tests.

For a full list of ‘green’ countries, regions and territories, please click here

Travelling from countries outside the ‘green’ list

Travellers from outside the ‘green’ list can still travel into Abu Dhabi but following the latest protocols and guidelines. For more info please click here.

Travel Procedures:

Before making any travel arrangements to Abu Dhabi, please ensure the following:

  1. Contact your airline for important travel information and familiarise yourself with the guidelines and regulations set by relevant authorities
  2. Ensure you meet entry visa requirements to visit the UAE. You can check your visa requirements here
  3. If you are travelling with Etihad Airways, you’ll be covered by Etihad’s COVID-19 global wellness insurance cover. Cover is included with every Etihad Airways ticket for travel up to 31 March 2021 – click here.
  4. Etihad Airways has introduced a comprehensive Wellness guide, with all the information you need to know about travelling safely (read more on Abu Dhabi’s travel guide here).
Ahead of departure

Travellers to Abu Dhabi will be required to present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test received within 96 hours prior to their scheduled departure.

Airport Arrival

Upon entering the emirate, travellers will be given a PCR test at the airport and must wait for the negative result to be received. International travellers from countries, regions and territories on the ‘green’ list, will no longer be required to self-isolate upon receiving a negative result. Travellers from other countries will be required to self-isolate for 10 days only.

All travellers will need to take a PCR test on day six for those staying for six days or more, and on day 12 for those staying for 12 days or more.

Departure from Abu Dhabi

Please ensure you are familiar with the travel and health requirements of the destination you are headed to.

Dubai’s flagship airline Emirates announced on Thursday that it will launch a new service to Miami.

The four-times-a-week service between Florida’s second-largest city and Dubai will begin on July 22, expanding the carrier’s US network to 12 destinations.

  • Other nations include Germany, US, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Britain, Sweden, Switzerland

Abu Dhabi updates travel procedures for vaccinated citizens, residents

New protocol effective from tomorrow, May 3

COVID-19: Oman’s Civil Aviation Authority says carriers must ensure passengers adhere to safety requirements

Conditions include testing all passengers upon their arrival

Abu Dhabi updates green list for travel to the UAE capital

29 countries can now travel quarantine-free

Protect yourself and others from COVID-19

If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, stay safe by taking some simple precautions, such as physical distancing, wearing a mask, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds, cleaning your hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue. Check local advice where you live and work. Do it all!

You also find out more about WHO’s recommendations for getting vaccinated on our public advice page on COVID-19 vaccines.


Dubai announces Pfizer vaccine booster for chronically ill

People suffering from chronic conditions have been advised to get a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. Dubai Health Authority (DHA) said that those suffering from conditions such as immune diseases should consult their doctor to see if a third dose was necessary.

Abu Dhabi Makes Boosters Mandatory for Sinopharm Vaccine

Abu Dhabi, the oil-rich capital of the United Arab Emirates, has made booster doses mandatory for people who were inoculated with the Sinopharm vaccine. 

Third dose of Pfizer vaccine in Dubai: All you need to know

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) yesterday announced that they will start administering a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to certain residents with compromised immune systems.

From the moment you leave home to when you return, know the risks and protect yourself every step of the way. This summer do it all to protect yourself and others from COVID-19
Even after getting vaccinated against COVID-19, keep taking precautions to protect family and friends.

Abu Dhabi’s Covid-19 green-status checks on Al Hosn app begin

People will have to prove they have been screened for Covid-19 to visit many public places in Abu Dhabi, under new rules starting on Tuesday, June 15.

Al Hosn app uses new colour coding system to show user’s vaccination, PCR test status in UAE

Abu Dhabi: A colour coding system will now reflect the user’s vaccination status and PCR test validity on Al Hosn app.

As part of continuous efforts to protect public health, @DoHSocial
is offering a free Sinopharm booster dose to those who received their second dose at least six months ago. The free booster is available by walk-in at any of the 100+ vaccination centres across #AbuDhabi.


UAE Covid vaccine: Booster Sinopharm shots now available at over 100 centres in Abu Dhabi

Residents in Abu Dhabi who took the second dose of the Sinopharm vaccine at least six months ago are now eligible to receive booster shots.              Read More…

What to do to keep yourself and others safe from COVID-19

  • Maintain at least a 1-metre distance between yourself and others to reduce your risk of infection when they cough, sneeze or speak. Maintain an even greater distance between yourself and others when indoors. The further away, the better.
  • Make wearing a mask a normal part of being around other people. The appropriate use, storage and cleaning or disposal are essential to make masks as effective as possible.

Here are the basics of how to wear a mask:

  • Clean your hands before you put your mask on, as well as before and after you take it off, and after you touch it at any time.
  • Make sure it covers both your nose, mouth and chin.
  • When you take off a mask, store it in a clean plastic bag, and every day either wash it if it’s a fabric mask, or dispose of a medical mask in a trash bin.
  • Don’t use masks with valves.
  • For specifics on what type of mask to wear and when read our Q&A and watch our videos. There is also a Q&A focused on masks and children.
  • Find out more about the science of how COVID-19 infects people and our bodies react by watching or reading this interview.
  • For specific advice for decision-makers, see WHO’s technical guidance.

Join the Pakistan Business Professional Council Abu Dhabi for a webinar hosted by the Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi in collaboration with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Baker Tilly. 

The discussion will revolve around ICV 3.0 and will address certain discussion points like:

  • Are free zone entities eligible to obtain ICV certificates?
  • What exactly is required from suppliers to be ICV certified?Join the Pakistan Business Professional Council Abu Dhabi for a webinar hosted by the Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi in collaboration with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Baker Tilly. 

    The discussion will revolve around ICV 3.0 and will address certain discussion points like:

    • Are free zone entities eligible to obtain ICV certificates?
    • What exactly is required from suppliers to be ICV certified?


Hamad Saif Belmahaina is the ICV Development Manager in the Commercial Directorate of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). In his role, as Chairman of Certification Bodies Council, Belmahaina is responsible for the smooth implementation and monitoring of the company’s In-Country Value (ICV) program. In addition, part of his role is to monitor and coordinate the ADNOC appointed ICV certifying bodies.  Belmahaina has over 12 years’ experience in the Audit field, starting his career in the Financial Audit Department, Dubai. He joined ADNOC in 2014 as a Senior Internal Auditor, before moving to Group Procurement in 2018. He graduated with a Master’s degree in applied finance & Banking, from the University of Wollongong, UAE.
Rami AbuLaila, Vice President, Business Development for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)A leader at the forefront of the energy and sustainability industry, where he has leveraged his extensive experience and expertise spanning strategic planning, industry analysis, operations management, business development and value assurance, to play a key role in the conceptualization, development, and launch of innovative energy initiatives in Abu Dhabi. Possessing a complementary background and superior track record of achievement, Rami’s career history showcases rapid evolution into roles of enterprise-level scope and global impact. Today, Rami is professionally committed to the ADNOC Group, initially serving the Chief Executive Office and more recently its Marketing, Supply and Trading Directorate’s business development team.
To answer your questions in relation to ICV certification process:
Salman Sajid, Executive Director, ICV Practice Leader, Baker Tilly

Mr. Sajid is working as Executive Director in Advisory, and his responsibilities include effective and efficient assignment planning, execution, and delivery, keeping in view company standards. He is currently leading the ICV Practice. He has been instrumental in designing and implementing both programs with a portfolio of 1,900 clients. Salman Sajid is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant in England and Wales and Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan.

Webinar details:

Date: Monday, July 27, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Complimentary to PBPC Members and Non-PBPC Members

This live webinar is brought to you by CBC Abu Dhabi and participated by several other business councils:

  • Australian Business Group
  • British Business Group
  • French Business Group
  • Pakistan Business Professional Council

Abu Dhabi, UAE – PBPC Abu Dhabi together with six more business councils hosted a diverse variety of new connections, “Speed Networking: on Wednesday, 23 August 2017 at The Marriot Downtown Hotel, Abu Dhabi. 

The event was attended by more than 90 members and guests from Australian Business Council, British Business Group, Benelux Business Council, Canadian Business Council, Philippine Business Council and Swiss Business Council.

Speed Networking is an efficient, face-to-face professional networking model similar to “speed dating”, that enables participants to make new contacts through one-on-one focused conversations lasting just two minutes. Speed networking is fast and fun and helps you forge lots of new connections, quickly.