Welcome to Gateway, Abu Dhabi’s business setup specialist.
27th June 2017

PO BOX 36687

08:30 – 17:30

Key Government Relationships

Key Government Relationships

As part of setting up companies, renewing trade licenses and processing our client’s visas, it is essential that we work with the relevant government departments in Abu Dhabi to ensure that our clients’ paperwork is registered correctly.  The government departments that we work with relate to the specific business areas of our clients; however, some of the key ones are listed below for your information.

The Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI) organises the commercial and industrial affairs in Abu Dhabi.  All onshore companies, and some free zone entities, are required to be members.  Membership is usually arranged as part of the company formation and renewed annually as part of the Commercial License renewal.  The ADCCI’s mission is to connect businesses and expand member opportunities with the aim of contributing to Abu Dhabi’s sustainable economic development.  Gateway is closely connected with the ADCCI, is fully aligned with its strategies for the economic growth of the Emirate and regularly participates with its events for the business community.

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The Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI) organises the commercial and industrial affairs in Abu Dhabi.  All onshore companies, and some free zone entities, are required to be members.  Membership is usually arranged as part of the company formation and renewed annually as part of the Commercial License renewal.  The ADCCI’s mission is to connect businesses and expand member opportunities with the aim of contributing to Abu Dhabi’s sustainable economic development.  Gateway is closely connected with the ADCCI, is fully aligned with its strategies for the economic growth of the Emirate and regularly participates with its events for the business community.

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The Department of Economic Development (DED) is responsible for proposing and implementing the economic and commercial policy of Abu Dhabi.  It is the issuing authority for commercial licenses for onshore businesses in Abu Dhabi. Gateway is closely connected with the DED for the processing of our client’s commercial licenses and their annual renewals.  We are also aligned with its strategies for a diversified economic development and inward investment for Abu Dhabi.

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Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET) regulates the technical and vocational training sector in Abu Dhabi, ensuring the quality training providers’ performance.  It is supported by the National Authority for Qualifications and is empowered to grant qualifications for education and training institutions.  ACTVET is responsible for the licensing of most training centres in Abu Dhabi.

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The Judicial Department supervises and coordinates the primary legal and judicial mechanisms and processes that protect individual rights and safeguard the rule of law through a tri-tiered court system, Court of Cassation, Court of Appeals, Courts of First Instance.  Additionally, its service divisions, including the Notary Public, ensure the administration of justice in Abu Dhabi. All businesses setting up and operating in the Emirate will have dealings with the Judicial Department for the notarization of corporate documentation.

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The Abu Dhabi Retirement Pensions and Benefits Fund (ADRPBF) manages contributions, pensions and end of service benefits for UAE Nationals working in Abu Dhabi.  If your business is employing UAE Nationals, it is a requirement that 5% of the monthly salary is paid into the Fund and the employer’s responsibility to pay a further 15% into the Fund on a monthly basis.

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The Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA) develops policies, plans and programmes to preservation the heritage and culture of the Emirate.  It also manages the tourism sector and markets the destination internationally.  For companies involved with hospitality and tourism, it will be necessary to arrange special licenses with the TCA.  Additionally, when businesses are arranging exhibitions, seminars and conferences it is necessary to obtain special permits.

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The Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) is responsible for all municipal planning and oversees public works projects in Abu Dhabi.  One of the Department’s divisions, Classification, is responsible for regulating all of the construction and engineering companies registered and operating in Abu Dhabi.  Gateway is very closely connected with the DMA via our Emirati partners, one of whom was key in developing the Emirate’s Building Codes.  As such, this perfectly positions us to assist construction contractors and engineering consultants with their Classification registration smoothly and efficiently.

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The Emirates Authority For Standardization & Metrology (ESMA) formulates and issues UAE standards, as well as adopts international standards.  It is responsible for granting the Emirates Quality Mark for national products, issuing certificates of conformity of commodities to standards, and accrediting testing and calibration laboratories.  It is essential for companies involved with specific activities/products to be registered with ESMA.

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The Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) is responsible for the Population Register and the national ID card programme.  It is a requirement for all Nationals and residents in the UAE to have an Emirates ID card.  This is applied for during the visa process whereby individuals are required to give their biometrics through their finger prints and a laser eye scan.  Gateway will arrange this application when processing your visa and will also accompany you to give your biometrics.

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The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) comprises four main sectors: Labour Sector; Inspection Sector; Policies and Strategies Sector; and, Supporting Service Sector and is responsible for protecting labour rights, while safeguarding employers’ interests.  All employees working in onshore businesses will have a labour contract registered with the MOHRE.  It is the responsibility of the employer to pay the employee their registered salary amount, on time, through the federal Wage Protection System (WPS).

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The Supreme Petroleum Council (SPC) is the superior authority responsible for the petroleum industry in Abu Dhabi, overseeing the implementation of the Emirate’s petroleum policy.  It upholds the provisions of Law No. (8) of 1978 regarding the preservation of the oil industry, which states all petroleum operations and relationships with operating companies or foreign shareholders of oil concessions in the emirate must be in accordance with the provisions of this law.  All companies wanting to work directly with the national oil and gas companies need to register with the Supreme Petroleum Council.  Registration is shown on a company’s Commercial License by the activity “Onshore and Offshore Oil and Gas Fields Facilities And Services”.  Gate Way is registered with the Supreme Petroleum Council.

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Tadweer, also known as the Centre of Waste Management (CWM) controls and coordinates waste management activities in Abu Dhabi.  It manages the policy, strategy and contractual systems of waste management.  All companies need to be registered with CWM and pay an annual fee as part of the commercial license renewal which is based upon their activities and number of employees.

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