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  • Writer's pictureJenny Hunt

Why Do Business In Abu Dhabi?

15th September 2014

Abu Dhabi is a great place to live and work. The year-round sunshine makes it an attractive place to live and enjoy the spectacular outdoor amenities, whilst the tax free economy (for most businesses) makes it a sound financial choice. The Abu Dhabi and Federal government is keen to diversify away from the reliability on oil and gas and is working towards the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 whereby 64% of the Emirate’s GDP will be from the non-oil sector.

  • Strategic geographical location linking Europe and Africa with Asia Pacific.

  • Population of 2.1 million of which nearly 80% are Expatriate (SCAD 2011)

  • Abu Dhabi is the Capital of the UAE, one of the richest countries in the world.

  • Abu Dhabi is the largest of the seven Emirates

  • Stable government, particularly when compared to other parts of the Middle East and Gulf region.

  • Excellent infrastructure - quality road network, brand new Khalifa Port, ongoing construction of a the UAE rail network (already launched in Abu Dhabi’s Western Region), the development of Abu Dhabi’s Midfield Terminal Project at the Abu Dhabi Airport, which is set to open in July 2017.

  • Progressive economy, focussed on attracting foreign direct investment.

  • Abu Dhabi’s GDP in 2013 was 7.4% (Department of Economic Development)

  • Abu Dhabi is currently rated 12th in the Global Competitiveness Report 2014-15 by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

  • The UAE is ranked 1st globally for lowest inflation (Global Competitiveness Report 2014- 2015).

  • The UAE is safe and ranks 1st globally with almost no organized crime (Global Competitiveness Report 2014- 2015).

  • The UAE ranks 3rd globally for attracting international talent (Global Competitiveness Report 2014- 2015).

  • The UAE is currently ranked 3rd globally in citizen’s confidence of government spending and leadership (Global Competitiveness Report 2014- 2015).

  • Abu Dhabi really is a great place to be doing business and full of opportunities. Can you afford not to be part of the action?

How can Gateway Group help your organisation to enter the Abu Dhabi market?

Gateway provides concierge company formation and a unique selection of local sponsor packages to foreign companies expanding to the UAE. Gateway protects its clients’ businesses and their profits. It provides foreign companies with the peace of mind their business is secure, they have full operational control, their profits are protected and their local sponsor is responsive whenever they might need support doing business in a new market. We can also assist with ongoing compliance requirements, such as visas processing and trade license renewals. Furthermore, from a human capital perspective, we can help your organisation to ensure you have the right people in place, appropriately motivated and maximizing productivity - ideal for getting your multicultural teams to work. To get started with expanding your business into the UAE, email us:

Written by Jenny Hunt, Founding Partner & CEO

Gateway Group Of Companies, Abu Dhabi & Dubai, UAE


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