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For more information, please contact, Membership and Legal Department
Email address: informationteam@adcci.gov.ae
Telephone number: +971 2 6177266

First Step: Obtain a Licence

To apply for membership at the ADCC, please first obtain a license to do so at any of the following organizations:
  • Department of Economic Development.
  • Industrial Development Office
  • Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority
  • Abu Dhabi Free Media Zone
  • Masdar City - Free Zone.
  • Khalifa Industrial Zone / Kizad - Free Zone.
  • Abu Dhabi Global Market - Free Zone.
  • Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone - Free Zone

Second Step: Legal forms of membership

Article 9 of Law No. 2 (2018) on Commercial Companies states that establishments operating in the State shall have a headquarter to practice their business activities therein or set up a branch or representative office to take one of the following legal forms:

Types of companies:

Limited Partnership
Joint venture
Limited Liability Company
Public Shareholding Company
Private Shareholding Company

 

Others:

Sole Trader

Branches or local representations:


Gulf region-based branch
Locally based branch
Foreign-based branch

Third step: Submit membership application along with the required supporting documents

The application for membership must be completed and signed and a copy of your Emirati ID must be attached for all procedures. In addition the following supporting documents are required:

Sole trader
  • Copy of the trading license issued by the relevant authority
  • Copy of the passport and registration summary for UAE nationals, if applicable
  • Copy of leasing agreement (land plan, investment contract, and building owner contact)
  • Copies of regulatory approvals where applicable (e.g. by the General Police Command, Food Control Authority, Health Authority, Waste Disposal Authority)
  • Copy of the service agency agreement for foreign nationals, if applicable
  • Signature by the authorized signatory

Companies
  • Copy of the trading license issued by the relevant authority
  • Copy of owner’s agreement
  • Copy of the passport and registration summary for UAE nationals, if applicable
  • Copy of leasing agreement (land plan, investment contract, and building owner contact)
  • Copies of regulatory approvals where applicable (e.g. by the General Police Command, Food Control Authority, Health Authority, Waste Disposal Authority)
  • Signature of the company’s authorized signatory

Branches and local representations (local, Gulf-region and foreign-based)
  • Copy of the trading license issued by the relevant authority
  • Copy of the license of the headquarter or the commercial register of the foreign company
  • Copy of owner’s agreement (in the case of a foreign-based company a certified translation is required)
  • Copy of leasing agreement (land plan, investment contract, and building owner contact)
  • Copy of the passport and registration summary for UAE nationals, if applicable
  • Copies of regulatory approvals where applicable (e.g. by the General Police Command, Food Control Authority, Health Authority, Waste Disposal Authority)
  • Copy of the passport of the representative of the foreign company and his/her Emirate ID, if applicable
  • Copy of the service agency agreement for foreign nationals, if applicable
  • Agreement with representative agency in Abu Dhabi for foreign-based companies (certified translation)
  • Copy of the decision of the board of directors (General Assembly) to open a branch in Abu Dhabi, for foreign-based companies (certified translation)
  • Copy of the approval of the Ministry of Economy for foreign-based companies
  • Legal document outlining the responsibilities between branch and parent company
  • Signature of the representative of the foreign company (translated and certified)
  • Signature of the company’s authorized signatory

 

 

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