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    Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi (KEZAD Group)

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    KEZAD Group offers a wide range of business solutions suitable for all types of business activities, including manufacturing, logistics, trade and distribution.

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    Types of Companies
    at KEZAD

    • 01Limited Liability
      Company (LLC)

      A company that has the combined features of a sole proprietorship, a partnership, and a corporation. It can be owned by individual and/or corporate entities.

    • 02Branch Office of an
      Existing Company

      Formed as the registered branch of a foreign/local company with an existing license to operate outside the free zone.

    Why KEZAD?

    • Designated zone for VAT exemption
    • No minimum capital requirements
    • No currency restrictions
    • Purpose-built infrastructure
    • Low operational costs
    • Easy access to markets

    Discover KEZAD

    KEZAD’s economic cities and free zones benefit from proximity to Khalifa Port, one of the world’s most advanced deep-sea ports.

    The Free Zone jurisdiction allows 100% foreign ownership in companies, and it is suitable for wholesale distributors, re-exporters, warehousing activities, service providers, and manufacturers targeting markets outside the MENA region.

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    Benefits of Establishing a Business in the Khalifa Economic Zones of Abu Dhabi

    The KEZAD Group is committed to promoting business growth in Abu Dhabi by providing a conducive environment for both local and international investors. It manages 12 economic zones that cover a total area of 550, including 100 of free zones. KEZAD offers over 300,000 sq.m of ready-to-use facilities and houses more than 40 staff accommodation complexes. Currently, it is home to 1,750 businesses from over 17 industries, which include automotive, food and AgTech, life sciences, specialty chemicals, metals, pharmaceuticals, green energy, building materials, oil & gas, retail & logistics, and more. 


    Here are some of the main benefits of setting up a business in KEZAD:

    • Easy and flexible company setup
    • Affordable utilities (power, gas, water)
    • Competitive lease rates for prime locations
    • On-site staff accommodation
    • Easy access to key markets via ports, airports, highways, and future rail, connecting to 4.5 billion consumers across the GCC
    • Duty-free trade for ‘MADE IN UAE’ products
    • Options to operate locally or globally through Free Zone and Domestic Economic Zone facilities
    • Infrastructure for all business sizes, from start-ups to large projects
    • Dedicated zones for SMEs, logistics, and business parks
    • Residential, social, and leisure facilities in close proximity


    Avail yourself of all the benefits of KEZAD by setting up your business with Worldwide Formations.


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    If you are interested in setting up a business in the KEZAD Free Zone, you can apply for one of the following licenses that suits your operations:
    Service License: for businesses that offer services such as consulting, management, and marketing.
    Trading / General Trading License: for businesses involved in trading activities, including import, export, stocking, distribution, and warehousing.
    Industrial License: for businesses that engage in manufacturing, processing, assembling, and packing of products.
    KEZAD also offers a dual license to companies wishing to conduct business in the local market or mainland. For details on the cost of licenses in the KEZAD Free Zone, reach out to us via email at or by phone at +971 4 355 5700.

    To form a company in the KEZAD Free Zone, you will need the following documents:
    - Digital copy of a passport-size photograph (taken against a white background)
    - Colour copy of your passport
    - Current Visa (if you have a Visit Visa or UAE Residence Visa)
    - Arabic NOC (should be obtained from your current sponsor, if applicable)
    - Degree Certificate (for Consulting and Investment activities)
    - Completed Application Form (all details should be accurately filled in)

    For the establishment of a Limited Liability Company in the KEZAD Free Zone, a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 50 shareholders are necessary.

    The cost of setting up a business in the KEZAD Free Zone can vary based on several factors. These include the scale of your enterprise, the nature of your business activities, and the number of work visas you intend to apply for, among others. For further information, feel free to reach out to us via email at or by phone at +971 4 355 5700.

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