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Abu Dhabi boasts first-class infrastructure and unparalleled global connectivity, making it a premier international destination. Its exceptional qualities make it an ideal location to live, work, and conduct business.

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Latest initiatives ADGM Announces Incentive Initiative for Existing Al Reem Island Businesses Transitioning to ADGM ADGM Marks Its Presence on Al Reem by Hosting its First Community Event on the Island
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A financial centre that provides transparency, efficiency, and integrity, through its progressive frameworks, future focused infrastructure, all within a familiar independent legal jurisdiction – ADGM is the perfect platform for success.

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Latest news 24 French Asset Management Firms With $1.6 Trillion AUM Convene for Second UAE – France Investor Meetup ADGM's Financial Regulator fines Sarwa Digital Wealth (Capital) Limited USD 122,500 for making an Offer of Securities in ADGM without Approved Prospectus
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Highlights ADGM, the Region's Leading Climate Finance Hub, Announces its Role as Principal Partner at COP28 ADGM Implements its Sustainable Finance Regulatory Framework
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    Authorities

    Registration Authority

    Authorities Registration Authority

    Start your business with ease and support

    The Registration Authority is responsible for the registration, incorporation and licensing of legal entities in ADGM and supports with all government-related services.

    Providing a range of activities to facilitate market entry, growth and the emergence of a vibrant and sustainable business community, the Authority guides and supports companies through the application and set-up of ADGM-registered entities.

    Setting Up Operating In General / Public Laws, Regulations and Rules
    Services

    Setting Up

    Whether you’re looking to set up a new business or establish a regional entity, corporations and non-financial firms based in ADGM benefit from its extensive corporate service provider network, a wealth of business services, and the assurance of its legal framework structured on international standards and application of English common law.

    After registering your business, you can take advantage of a number of registration and licensing services. Find out how you can benefit. The RA works closely with relevant government authorities and services to provide a simple, streamlined process, and one point of contact to guide you through the visa process. Parties looking to set up promotional stands, kiosks or food carts on Al Maryah Island must file an application for a temporary licence. The Registration Authority is accepting applications for registration of all types of real property interests located within Al Maryah Island.
    Services

    Operating In

    ADGM has become a hub for financial businesses who value its vibrant ecosystem of corporations, professional service advisors and treasury services. Banking and financial institutions can interact with our fintech community and benefit from our efficient legal framework and legal services, as well as our transparent and future led approach to regulation.

    All circulars related to registered entities in ADGM can be viewed here. Find out what you need to know to operate and grow your business in ADGM. The RA needs to be officially informed by ADGM registered entities of specific changes to entity information. RA issues all letters including NOC as well as events, photography and filming permits for activities on Al Maryah Island. Responsible for promoting data protection, maintaining the register of Data Controllers, enforcing the obligations upon Data Controllers and upholding the rights of individuals. Responsible for overseeing the operations of the Employment Regulations in respect to providing guidance, stakeholder liaison and ensuring best practice on employment matters. The RA’s Monitoring & Enforcement function strives to prevent and deter improper conduct through risk based supervision and enforcement of ADGM’s commercial regulations and rules.
    Services

    General / Public

    Whether you’re looking to set up a new business or establish a regional entity, corporations and non-financial firms based in ADGM benefit from its extensive corporate service provider network, a wealth of business services, and the assurance of its legal framework structured on international standards and application of English common law.

    The RA assesses complaints concerning potential contraventions of ADGM’s commercial legislation or potential misconduct by non-financial businesses registered in ADGM. All notices regarding registered entities issued by the RA can be viewed here. ADGM’s AML/CFT Quick Guides “guides” designed specifically for Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions (“DNFBPs”). The ADGM RA is pleased to present its inaugural ML/TF Risk Assessment of ADGM Legal Persons and Arrangements report (LPA report).

    Laws, Regulations & Rules

    The Federal Legislation, including the UAE Constitution, established ADGM as a financial free zone.

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    The RA issues guidance, templates and forms on certain aspects of ADGM's commercial legislation with the intention to communicate and explain processes, regulations and more.

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    All governance, legislative, and regulatory framework and activities to be carried on in ADGM is set out by Abu Dhabi Law No. 4 of 2013.

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    ADGM informs public and market place plans, and unveils comments on proposed initiatives and rules amendments through public consultations.

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    ADGM published its first set of rules and regulations on 3rd March 2015. It was enacted by the board of directors and serves as the guiding force for our services.

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    ADGM Authorities have and will continue to issue relevant notices and circulars to explain changes and updates to stakeholders.

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    A Licensed Person may apply to the RA for a waiver or a modification of specific regulatory requirements. The firm shall submit written details of the reason for the request and all relevant facts to support the application.

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    Public Register The online registry solution allows registering and incorporating entities, and searching for entities and their associated details. Search the Public Register
    Ensuring a business-friendly and recognised platform The Registration Authority is focused on bolstering ADGM's local and cross-border activity through strategic partnerships, to offer entities and entrepreneurs a robust, innovative, business-friendly and global ecosystem. The RA is signatory to more than 22 bilateral MoUs with local and foreign government bodies and International Financial Centres. The RA's memberships include the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) in which ADGM is the first member from the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC); and the International Conference of Data Protection & Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC).