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Local government fees abolished for new company licenses in Abu Dhabi

5th December 2018

It has been announced that local government fees are being abolished for all new trade licenses issued in Abu Dhabi from 1st December 2018. New companies will be exempt from the fees for two years from the date of the issue of the license. This is the latest in a stream of initiatives announced by the UAE government to boost Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the Capital called Ghadan 21 (Tomorrow 2021).

This is a huge boost for foreign businesses entering the Abu Dhabi market. The abolished fees make Abu Dhabi much more attractive and competitive for foreign companies expanding here. It is understood that the abolished fees relate to the trade license, so companies intending to setup a Foreign Branch will still be required to pay the Ministry of Economy registration fees.

The abolished fees for new companies will be particularly attractive for entrepreneurs and startups for whom cash flow is always critical. For those individuals who are UAE residents and opt for activities which fall under the Golden Tajer license initiative, they will also benefit from not being required to lease a commercial premise for the first two years of operations.

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Written by Jenny Hunt, Founding Partner & CEO

Gateway Group of Companies, Abu Dhabi & Dubai UAE


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