About Abu Dhabi Global Market

An International Financial Centre born out of ambition


Abu Dhabi Global Market is an award-winning international financial centre strategically located in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Established by UAE Federal Decree, ADGM’s jurisdiction extends across the entire 114 hectares of Al Maryah Island.

ADGM's three independent authorities - the Registration Authority (RA), the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) and ADGM Courts - together ensure that its business-friendly environment operates in line with international best practices, recognised by major financial centres worldwide.

Since opening for business in late October 2015, ADGM quickly gained global recognition for its robust, progressive and responsive business-friendly ecosystem. Through collaboration, and by focusing on understanding business needs, ADGM introduced many ‘firsts’ both regionally and globally.  As a catalyst of growth, ADGM delivers value to its clients and its peers and contributes to Abu Dhabi's ambitious growth plan and strategy. 

ADGM is an award-winning international financial centre in the UAE


To be one of the leading
international financial centres


To promote economic and financial sector growth through a world-class innovative financial centre

Strategic objective 1

Strategic objective 1

Be the Financial Centre of choice enabling sustainable development and market access for financial institutions globally

Strategic objective 2

Strategic objective 2

Maintain trust and confidence in the Regulatory and Legal System and continuously enhance by fostering innovation

Strategic objective 3

Strategic objective 3

Deliver best-in-class customer experience

Strategic objective 4

Strategic objective 4

Develop an integrated ecosystem and knowledge hub that enables financial institutions and talent to thrive and grow

Strategic objective 5

Strategic objective 5

Become a regional model in employee engagement, well-being and operational excellence

Three authorities register, regulate and apply English common law in ADGM.
Registration Authority
An efficient, business-friendly registration process on par with the world’s leading financial centres.
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Financial Services Regulatory Authority
A regulatory environment of the highest quality which draws on best practice and is fair, efficient and responsive.
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ADGM Courts
Independent courts of the First Instance and of Appeal, overseeing the jurisdiction of ADGM.
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Active registered licences as of Q4 of 2021


Workforce on Al Maryah Island

US $33bn

Total assets under management

A vibrant community in the heart of Abu Dhabi.

ADGM, an international financial centre (IFC), is a landmark destination for Abu Dhabi residents and visitors. It boasts an exceptional collection of restaurants, shopping malls, hotels and residences all set against a stunning waterfront backdrop of Abu Dhabi’s skyline.

The first phase of development of the IFC is complete and is the home to ADGM Square, the ADGM Authorities Building, four office towers, The Galleria Mall, Four Seasons Hotel Al Maryah, Rosewood Abu Dhabi Hotel and the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Hospital.

Our Jurisdiction

The International Financial Centre extends over the entire 114- hectares (1.4 Sq Km) of Al Maryah Island.

The island is strategically located in the Capital city of Abu Dhabi with exceptional connectivity to the business district, the residential Reem Island, the cultural island of Al Saadiyat, the entertainment island of Yas and Abu Dhabi’s International Airport.

Explore the island


The ultimate in luxury retail within a transformational next generation mall.

The IFC is home to The Galleria, a unique lifestyle destination anchored by some of fashion's most iconic brands. September 2019 saw the USD1 billion Galleria Al Maryah Island add 250 retail and dining options, bringing the total number of shops to more than 500, plus a 21-screen VOX IMAX cinema, medical centre, crèche, health-club, public library, and food market open its doors to transform the Abu Dhabi retail and lifestyle landscape.

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Relax and unwind in 5-star comfort
Two luxury hotels, the Rosewood Abu Dhabi hotel and the Four Seasons Hotel Al Maryah, flank ADGM Square and cater to the discerning needs of the centre’s business travellers and visitors to Abu Dhabi.  The Rosewood hotel features 154 spacious guestrooms and 35 luxurious suites offering dramatic views Abu Dhabi skyline.  The Four Seasons Hotel offers a variety of guest rooms, suites and specialty suites providing a stylish retreat to unwind. 
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ADGM Square
Where business meets pleasure
ADGM Square is at the heart of the IFC. The landmark ADGM Authorities Building is flanked by four Grade A office towers, the Four Seasons Hotel Al Maryah and the Rosewood Abu Dhabi Hotel. The Square sits on 2 levels of luxury retail of the Galleria Mall and the incredible dining collection with some of the world’s most sought after restaurants. The entire Square and island is connected underground making it easy and comfortable for visitors to move around during the warmer months.   
Direct access to the world’s best healthcare
With its distinguished architecture, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is prominently located on the promenade of Al Maryah Island. Focused on five Centres of Excellence in the following Institutes: Heart & Vascular, Neurological, Digestive Disease, Eye and Respiratory & Critical Care, the Clinic also includes Surgical Subspecialties, Medical Subspecialties, Emergency Medicine, Anaesthesiology, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Imaging, and Quality & Patient Safety.
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Ultra-luxury living in the most sought-after address and exclusive community
An exclusive residential community with luxury amenities makes the Island the ultimate address in Abu Dhabi. The Rosewood Abu Dhabi hotel and the Four Seasons Hotel Al Maryah offer serviced furnished and unfurnished residences to meet guests’ individual needs. The soon to be launched Maryah Plaza, designed by world-famous architect Lord Richard Rogers, will offer 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and stunning penthouses.
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Home to a wide variety of high-ranking international and home-grown early years, schools, colleges and universities, Abu Dhabi provides a great choice of educational options for families of all ages, with a cross-section of curricula and internationally renowned institutions including NYU, Brighton College, Cranleigh and Sorbonne.
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