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A supportive platform for industry and professional associations

In an international, fast-growing business environment, associations and non-profit organisations can play important roles for skills and best practices, sector development, trade and business promotion, and professional development and training. They may also support and enhance broader societal interests like wellbeing, health, sports, culture and arts.

Recognising the importance of associations, ADGM has developed a supportive platform, allowing associations to register and obtain a separate legal identity, using a purpose-built vehicle for non-profit activities.  With this platform, you can conduct your business activities lawfully, enter into agreements, employ people and operate commercially and professionally in a flourishing business community.

ADGM welcomes and supports a range of associations, including:

  • Industry associations
  • Professional associations and professional membership organisations
  • Business councils and business groups
  • Organisations of other developmental, national or strategic value

Entities that are either required or that want to have a physical presence, will find a wide range of Grade A office space on Al Maryah Island to choose from. The ADGM team will advise regarding office requirements on a case by case basis.

Abu Dhabi is ideal for setting up Associations

Strong diversifying economy

Abu Dhabi is a regional hub with a strong public and private sector in an economy which is increasingly diversifying across sectors, leading to greater, locally provided Asset services.

Talent pool

Playing host to a thriving community of leading local, regional and international businesses across many sectors, Abu Dhabi attracts talent from all over the world.

Strategically located

With a central geographic positioning and time zone, as well as global connectivity, Abu Dhabi provides access to the world’s fastest growing regional and international markets.

Safe and stable

Ranked one the safest cities in the world, Abu Dhabi offers a modern family-friendly lifestyle with many housing options, best in class international schools, sporting facilities and a vibrant cultural scene.

Why set up your Association in ADGM
Legal platform
An ideal legal platform in which to operate, key to Association set up and efficient operation.
Full range of tools and structures
ADGM provides the full range of flexible tools, products and structures.
Gateway to growth
A gateway for Associations seeking to boost membership numbers, find new funding opportunities, develop strategic partnerships and establish local and regional chapters.
Access to Abu Dhabi Government
ADGM can act as the bridge between Abu Dhabi Government and Associations, where relevant, and of benefit to UAE.
Ecosystem of advisers and support
Access to a growing ecosystem of finance, service and talent and professional advisory services.
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