Company formation in KIZAD presents many advantages to investors and companies who are looking at setting up a base in the region. From startups, to established industries, Company formation in KIZAD offers cost-effective and comprehensive solutions for every requirement. Being situated in Abu Dhabi also helps companies setup in KIZAD to take advantage of the dual-licensing regime offered by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development.


  • Located midway between Abu Dhabi and Dubai – the two largest commercial hubs in the region
    • >  55 km from Abu Dhabi city centre
    • >  75 km from Dubai city centre
  • Free Trade Zone with a population of 55 million (GCC countries)
  • Access to 450 million consumers in the Greater Arab Free Trade Area (GAFTA)
  • Less than 1-hour flight from all regional capitals
  • 4-hour flight covers over four billion consumers


  • Easy access to 2 global ports in the UAE – Khalifa port and JAFZA
  • Khalifa Port – connects with over 65 global destinations by 24 shipping lines
  • Multiple highways connecting KIZAD with other emirates and GCC countries
  • Serviced by four international airports with combined capacity of 14 million air freight capacity
  • First industrial and free zone to be connected by the Etihad Rail


  • Free Zone and Industrial Zone facilities
  • Wide range of business facilities
  • Modular Path – facilitates unrestricted movement of ultra large structures between Khalifa Port and investors’ facilities
  • Hot-Metal Road, dedicated for transporting molten aluminium in the midstream aluminium cluster
  • Extensive network for transportation, power, water and waste management


Competitive lease rates
• Among the lowest utility rates in the region
• Competitive logistics costs
• Zero corporate and income taxes
No customs duty on import and re-export within the Free Zone area
• Potential for duty-free trade with GCC countries (for goods produced by holders of National Industrial Licence)


  • 100% foreign ownership in Free Zone facilities
  • 100% repatriation of capital and profit
  • Easy access to skilled and unskilled labour with no restrictions on hiring expatriate employees
  • Fixed exchange rate (against USD)
  • Ease of doing business – #1 in the Middle East (World Bank – Country Ranking)
  • Safety – #1 in the Middle East (Economic Intelligence Unit)


  • Abu Dhabi DED offers dual licensing regime
  • Company formation in KIZAD has an option of forming a low cost branch company in Abu Dhabi Mainland
  • Can cater to the local market and government tenders
  • No separate physical space and local service agent required


  • Abu Dhabi is among the top 2 destinations for expatriates in the region
  • Global lifestyle, world-class facilities
  • Excellent network of roadways and infrastructure
  • International schools
  • Adventure destinations like the Yas Marina F1 circuit
  • Cultural capital of the region
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