There is an increasing number of business activities in Abu Dhabi that do not require a lease agreement or office space for the first year of business operations. No need for lease agreement in Abu Dhabi exemption is valid for one year from the date of the issued business licence in Abu Dhabi.
By granting these business activities one-year exemption from having lease contracts for a work premises, the Emirate is enhancing their attractiveness for new business setup in Abu Dhabi.
Waiving the requirement for office space in Abu Dhabi for the first year of business can greatly assist new businesses with reducing their total costs. This is particularly helpful for small businesses and start-ups. The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) has assisted to reduce costs and renewal fees for starting a business in Abu Dhabi by up to 71% in the last few years, making Abu Dhabi an increasingly more attractive hub for business.