ADGM, the centre for investing in virtual assets

Interest and demand for virtual assets is changing, especially for investors who are seeing the benefits of investing with regulated virtual asset trading players.
ADGM is the leading jurisdiction worldwide for the regulation of virtual asset activities. Its comprehensive framework addresses the full range of associated risks, including those related to market abuse and financial crime, consumer protection, technology governance, custody and exchange operations.


Comprehensive virtual regulatory framework

ADGM was the world’s first jurisdiction to develop and implement a comprehensive framework and is the leading global destination for Virtual Asset activities.

Familiar regulatory standards

ADGM’s regime applies to its virtual asset players regulatory standards similar to those applicable to traditional markets. Firms setting up in ADGM have the benefit of a regulatory framework that enables them to carry out traditional financial services activities as well as virtual asset or digital securities activities.

English common law jurisdiction

ADGM has a strong rule of law through the direct application of English common law, strong judiciary, speed of judgement facilitated by the world’s first e-Courts, seat of arbitration and strong system of enforceability of judgements providing legal certainty and comfort for transactions undertaken in its market.

Abu Dhabi, the centre of the UAE

ADGM, an international financial centre (IFC), is a financial centre, situated in Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, is the landmark destination for visitors looking to explore the region and is conveniently located between East and West.
Abu Dhabi boasts an exceptional collection of restaurants, shopping malls, hotels and residences all set against a stunning waterfront backdrop of the city 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, including the ADGM Courts & Arbitration Centre, The Galleria Mall, Four Seasons Hotel Al Maryah, Rosewood Abu Dhabi Hotel and the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

The world's leading and most comprehensive Virtual Assets Framework by Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM).



Active registered licences as of Q4 of 2021


Workforce on Al Maryah Island

US $33 bn

Total assets under management

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