About ADGM

An International Financial Centre, where ambitions thrive


ADGM (Abu Dhabi Global Market) is a leading International Financial centre situated on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi.

Established by a UAE Federal Decree, ADGM operates across Al Maryah Island and Al Reem Island, an area of 1,438 hectares, making it one of the largest financial districts in the world.

ADGM operates under the supervision of three independent authorities: the Registration Authority (RA), the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA), and ADGM Courts. These authorities work collaboratively to create a business-friendly environment that adheres to international best practices, gaining recognition from major financial centres, regulators, and associations worldwide.

Since its inauguration in late October 2015, ADGM has earned global acclaim for its robust, progressive regulatory frameworks, its English common law legal framework, and its incorporation and business services. By fostering collaboration and understanding the specific business requirements of its diverse community, ADGM has pioneered numerous industry-first initiatives, both regionally and globally. Serving as a catalyst for growth, ADGM brings value to its clients, partners, and contributes to Abu Dhabi's ambitious growth plan and strategy.

With its expanded jurisdiction, ADGM attracts a diverse range of businesses, financial institutions, and professional services firms. It provides a comprehensive suite of business solutions, encompassing company formation, regulatory support, dispute resolution, and access to a vibrant community of like-minded professionals.

ADGM's purpose is in creating a world-class business environment that nurtures growth, fosters innovation, and supports economic diversification in alignment with Abu Dhabi's vision for the future.

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

A vibrant community in the heart of Abu Dhabi.

The financial district includes prominent landmarks such as ADGM Square, The Galleria Mall, Four Seasons Hotel Al Maryah, Rosewood Abu Dhabi Hotel, the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Hospital, and the commercial, residential, and retail outlets in Al Reem Island. The world-class facilities combined with the choice of lifestyle opportunities, not only enhance the business landscape but also provide an enriching experience for individuals exploring, working, and living in the district.

ADGM Square has been a key focal point of the IFC, representing a dynamic and vibrant space for various events, gatherings, and cultural activities. The four office towers on the ADGM Square provide state-of-the-art facilities for businesses, attracting both local and international organisations, while the ADGM Authorities Building, with its unique ‘trapezoid’ structure, represents a symbol of governance and oversight.

Following the expansion to Al Reem Island, ADGM is now one of the largest financial districts in the world. Al Reem is a vibrant island with three distinctive districts, Tamouh, Najmat and Shams, each offering residential, commercial, and recreational activities, including Al Fay and Reem Central Park. There are several excellent educational institutions in Al Reem, including Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, Repton Abu Dhabi, and Nord Anglia International School.

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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Our Jurisdiction

The International Financial Centre extends across Al Maryah and Al Reem Islands, covering a total area of 14.38 million sqm, making it one of the largest financial districts in the world. With direct application of English common law, ADGM is an independent jurisdiction operating in line with international best practices.

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