When starting a business, you want to make sure you set up in a prime location that will help your business thrive, and as such you may be wondering what the top 5 areas to set up a business in Abu Dhabi are. With Abu Dhabi being such a large city, it can sometimes be challenging to decide where to base your company. 

In truth, one of the key factors that should determine your business location would be related to the kind of activity you will be participating in. Other deciding factors include who and how many staff you will need, as well as your price point. 

Abu Dhabi has gained a reputation for being an attractive location for investors and business owners. This is especially the case since the government has implemented many schemes in order to ensure a thriving business environment. That withstanding while the city is an excellent place to conduct business, company owners should know where the best sites to set up and operate are. We have compiled a list of the top 5 areas in Abu Dhabi depending on the business type. 

Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone
Top area for logistics & import/export

Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone focuses on businesses conducting either logistics, import/export or otherwise other industries that need to be in close proximity to one of the country’s largest international airports. The area contains a large number of warehouse and office options for companies and businesses of all sizes. 

The area was established as part of the Emirate’s 2030 vision to become a dynamic and well-established economy. Although predominantly focused on logistics and import/export, the free zone also has other key sectors that it aims to promote. This includes sectors such as Aviation, Defense, Airport services, Cargo, Freight, Pharmaceuticals, Consultancy management, and even Marketing & Events. 

Abu Dhabi Corniche & Hamdan Street 
Top area for a central location

A popular place to live and work, Abu Dhabi Corniche is one of the busiest commercial areas in Abu Dhabi. It is a key business and cultural hub of the city and is primarily centred around the 8km Corniche Road. There are many lovely restaurants and cafes and a wide range of amenities, including gyms, malls, and supermarkets. 

Its strategic location means it’s in close proximity to other key business areas throughout the city. This includes Al Markaziyah West, one of the busiest commercial streets and Al Khalidiyah, the city’s cultural hub. Many of the offices within this area feature beautiful sea views or overlook luscious green parks. . In addition to this, with so many office buildings in the area, makes the prices are highly competitive.

Hamdan Street is one of the busiest commercial areas of Abu Dhabi. Strategically located in Abu Dhabi’s centre, it is one of the oldest and most established areas of the city. Running parallel to the Corniche, Hamdan Street is close to many of Abu Dhabi’s residential areas and Marina Mall, World Trade Centre Mall, Qasr al-Hosn, the key retail, business, and cultural hubs of the city. Known for its retail hubs and commercial buildings, Hamdan Street has proven to be popular for business owners to base their companies on. 

Twofour 54
Top area for media companies

Twofour 54 is another free zone in Abu Dhabi that aims to provide both a local and international hub for media companies. It aims to be at the forefront of the regions media industry, creating all types of media, including Events, Film, Digital Media, Publishing, Music, Broadcast, Gaming and all other media types. Already, the area has established itself as a prominent player, with major international companies such as Thomson Reuters Foundation, CNN, Financial Times, and the BBC setting up their operations in the free zone. 

Like other free zones, there are numerous benefits. Those that set up their operations here have 100% ownership of their company, can enjoy tax-free incomes, as well as take advantage of the numerous incentives the free zone authority has set up. FOr example, international TV and film production can benefit from a 30% cash allowance. There is also comprehensive training facilities available for those in the free zone. 

Elektra street 
Top area for electronics companies

Electra Street is known as an area of the city that never sleeps. Whilst one of the oldest places in Abu Dhabi, it has made a name for itself for being home to a large and thriving electronics market. It sits at the heart of the city with great accessibility to facilities, including shops, supermarkets and plenty of other amenities that your business and employees will appreciate. 

Whilst a thriving area for businesses involved with electronics, it is worth noting that it is not a free zone area. As such, there are certain restrictions regarding business ownership. Because of this, unlike Freezone areas, businesses are unable to have 100% ownership unless the owner is Emirati. 

Masdar City 
Top area for companies promoting sustainability

Masdar City is a global hub for companies that specialise in sustainability, specifically sustainable energy. This includes companies that focus on either generating, discovering, manufacturing, and developing energy products and future green technology. Whilst a free zone, the area distinguishes itself by becoming a‘Green’’ city that relies solely on renewable energy. 

Masdar established itself as a beautiful yet sustainable living and working business area. Companies set up here can benefit from world-class facilities and state-of-the-art infrastructure for tech companies and partner with institutions to develop their research. 

So which are the top 5 areas to set up a business in Abu Dhabi?

As you can see, there are many areas in Abu Dhabi for businesses to establish themselves. Our list just has our picks for the top 5 areas to set up a business in Abu Dhabi. There are many other areas within the city that can be great for businesses. For more information, contact us today to book a consultation with one of our commercial property specialists.