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Abu Dhabi waives new licence fees, cuts business setup charges at airports free zone

Free zone seeks to attract more foreign direct investments, ease cost of doing business

Dubai: The Abu Dhabi Airports Free Zone (ADAFZ) has reduced the fees associated with setting up a business by more than 65 per cent.

In a move that could ease the cost of doing business in the UAE, the authority said it is also waiving all licence fees for new companies.

Aside from reducing setup costs and waiving fees, companies in the free zone will also benefit from tax exemptions.

“ADAFZ has received a Tawtheeq registration exemption as well as an exclusion of VAT in designated zones across its properties for its customers. It is equally enhancing its processes to reduce the registration time, enabling clients to set up at its facilities at minimal time and cost,” the free zone authority said.

This is the latest in a series of government initiatives that are geared towards helping companies cope with high costs amid challenging conditions, and enhance economic growth.

Among the most recent cost-reduction strategies recently announced include the release of Dh250 million bank guarantees and waiver of fees for public relations officers within the tourism sector.

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