Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi

Business opportunities of Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD)

KIZAD is a free economic zone founded at the end of 2010 and which has a special status. It is adjacent to the port of Khalifa in Abu Dhabi (a 45-minute drive from Dubai) occupies a solid territory and is one of the largest investment projects initiated by the government of the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

After the construction of the international shipping port of Khalifa was completed, as well as the commissioning of vast storage facilities, KIZAD Abu Dhabi received the necessary resources to ensure smooth operation and attract foreign investment.

The strategically advantageous location at the intersection of trade arteries of the West and the East, the availability of perfect infrastructure providing access to road, rail, air and sea transport hubs provide investors with unlimited opportunities for solutions in the field of international logistics, as well as competitive access to regional sales markets.

Khalifa Industrial Zone is one of the largest industrial zones in the Middle East, providing the opportunity for free trade to international business and investors.

Advantages of KIZAD companies

KIZAD company formation provides investors with such benefits:

  • The possibility of 100% ownership of the company by foreign citizens;
  • Exemption of business from corporate taxation;
  • Import and export benefits;
  • Shareholders independently distribute income and profits;
  • Competitive rental prices for commercial and residential premises in KIZAD Free Zone;
  • Relatively low cost of energy resources;
  • No restrictions on the withdrawal of investment capital outside the jurisdiction;
  • Lack of currency restrictions by the state;
  • Perfect infrastructure, as well as the most modern equipment and technology;
  • Preferential access to regional and local sales markets;
  • One of the most secure free zones in terms of UAE banks.

COSTS IN KHALIFA INDUSTRIAL ZONE ABU DHABI

ABU DHABI FREE ZONE

Service Name Fees (AED)
Registration Services
1 Registration Fees (LTD) * 7 875
2 Registration Fees (Branch) * 5 250
3 Conversion from branch to (LTD) 3 675
4 Amendment to Register 210
5 Change of Share Capital 1 050
6 Share Transfer- Per Instrument 3 150
7 Board Resolution / Other Resolution- Notarization 210
8 Memorandum and Articles of Association- Notarization 210
9 Authenticity of Signature- Notarization 105
10 Specimen of signature- Notarization 105
11 True Copy- Attestation 105
12 No Objection Certificate 105
13 Memorandum and Articles of Association - Amendment 420
14 Incumbency letter 2 625
15 Company Information Search 210
16 Any other letter (Unspecified) 262.5
17 Certificate of Authorization 315
Licensing Services
18 New Industrial License (up to 5 activity only) 5 250
19 New Trading License (up to 5 activity only) 5 250
20 New General Trading License 15 750
21 New Service License (up to 5 activity only) 5 250
22 License Renewal (annual) Industrial, Trading, Service 5 250
23 License Renewal (annual) General Trading 15 750
24 License amendment- Add/Delete activity within group ** 1 050
25 License amendment- Director Name Change 525
26 License amendment- Secretary Name Change 525
27 License amendment- Manager Name Change 525
28 License amendment- Company Name Change 1 050
29 License amendment- Parent Company Name Change 1 050
30 License amendment- Corporate Shareholder Name Change 1 050
31 License amendment- Location Change 525
32 License Amendment- Auditor Change 525
33 License Status Change 525
34 Re- Issuance of License Or Certificate of Incorporation Or Certificate of Registration 1 050
35 Name Plate- Approval 525
36 License Cancellation 2 625
Letters
37 Letter for Light Vehicle Registration 105
38 Letter for Commercial Vehicle Registration 525
39 Letter for Employee 52.5
 

ABU DHABI FREE ZONE

Establishment Card
40 Issue New Establishment Card 1 050
41 Renewal of Establishment Card 525
42 Amended of Establishment Card 315
43 Cancellation of Establishment Card 525
Permitting Services *** Normal Urgent
44 Initial Approval 472.5 472.5
45 Visit Visa - 1 Month 1 050 1 260
46 Visit Visa - 3 Months 2 100 2 310
47 Visit Visa - Multiple Entry 3 150 3 360
48 Employment Residence 1 575 1 785
49 Residence Permit Renewal 1 050 1 260
50 Renewal of Entry Permit 367.5 472.5
51 Govt to Govt Release Transfer (Employment) 1 575 1 785
52 Dependent to Govt Transfer (Employment) 1 575 1 785
53 Internal Transfer (Transfer Within Free Zone) - Employment 840 1 050
54 ID Card 315 315
55 ID Card - Lost 210 315
56 Replacement of ID Card 210 315
57 ID Card - Correction 210 315
58 Non Sponsored ID Card - New 315 420
59 Non Sponsored ID Card - Renewal 315 420
60 Access Card - New 105 210
61 Access Card - Renewal 105 210
62 Temporary Access Card (For Visit Visa Holders) 3 Months 157.5 262.5
63 Temporary Access Card (For Visit Visa Holders) 1 Month 52.5 105
64 Company Representative Card 105 0
65 Dependent Residence w/o Medical with Typing 997.5 1 155
66 Dependent to Dependent Release Transfer with Typing 997.5 1 102.5
67 Dependent Residence Renewal with Typing 735 892.5
68 Child Residence Package with Typing 735 892.5
69 Child Residence Renewal with Typing 735 840
70 Child (new born) Residence Permit Endorsement 577.5 577.5
71 Child Residence Permit Deletion 210 315
72 Child Residence Permit with Mother's Passport 420 630
73 Renewal of Entry Permit 420 525
74 Housemaid Residence - New with Typing 1 890 2 205
75 Housmaid Residence New ADNRD Charges (Equivalent to 1 Year Basic Salary - calculated at the basic salary of AED 400 minumum or as stipulated by individual embassy) 5 040 N/A
76 Housemaid Residence - Renewal with Typing 1 365 1 680

ABU DHABI FREE ZONE

Permitting Services *** Normal Urgent
77 Housemaid ADNRD Charges - at each renewal (Equivalent to 1 Year Basic Salary - calculated at the basic salary of AED 400 minumum or as stipulated by individual embassy) 5 040 N/A
78 In Country Visa 840 N/A
79 Local Amendments 840 N/A
80 Urgent Entry Permit 315 315
81 Urgent Residence Permit 315 315
82 Immigration/Authority Fine 262.5 N/A
83 Entry Permit Cancellation 157.5 315
84 Residence Permit Cancellation 210 315
85 Release Signed Out (Release from Kizad Free Zone) 189 294
86 Residence Permit Cancellation - Out of UAE w/o Passport & ID 525 N/A
87 Residence Permit Cancellation 210 315
88 Absconder Services - Employment 1 575 1 890
89 Withdrawal of Absconder Notification 1 260 0
90 Transfer of Residence Permit to new Passport with ID Card 472.5 630
91 Transfer of Residence Permit to new Passport with Nationality Change & ID Card 498.75 630
92 Lost Passport Re-stamping 577.5 735
93 Profession Change on R/P with ID Card 630 787.5
94 Residence Permit Correction 157.5 262.5
95 Entry Permit Correction 315 525
96 Re-Entry Permit 1 050 1 050
97 Letter to Economic Department 315 315
98 E-Gate Card 367.5 525
99 List Of Employee 68.25 68.25

* A one-off fee payable one time only on the initial registration or incorporation of the company. This will include initial Bank Letter and all attestation and notarisation carryout as per the initial Registration.

** Each activity AED 500 up to three groups
All the license (industrial, trading, service) allowed to have up to 5 activity only, any additional activity will be charge AED500 subject approval to Registration & licensing and HSSE

*** All permitting service excludes Government and other fees

Distinguished features of KIZAD Free Zone

Companies in KIZAD can be of such types:

  • Limited liability Company
  • Company branch

Types of licenses available in this free zone:

  • General Trade License;
  • Service License;
  • Trade License.

The number of directors for KIZAD company registration is at least one. They can only be individuals.

The number of shareholders is a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 50. There may be individuals and legal entities.

Paid minimum share capital is 100,000 AED or about $27,400. After registration of the company in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi, it is necessary to open a bank account of the company and deposit the authorized capital. The process of obtaining a visa from a company can be started only after a letter of deposit of the authorized capital is provided to the free zone.

Office spaces available for companies in KIZAD UAE:

  • Flexi Desk - a separate workplace in a common office, with the ability to use no more than 10 hours a week. The customer receives a dedicated phone number, a shared fax number, and a dedicated email address.
  • Standard office.

The number of visas depends on the type of office/warehouse/land selected for conducting business.

An audit in KIZAD Industrial Zone is not mandatory, but each company must maintain internal records and keep relevant documents in the company's office.

The company registration period is up to 10 business days from the date of submission of documents. This requires a personal visit of a shareholder or representative acting on the basis of a power of attorney legalized in the UAE.