Abudhabi Free Zone

Abudhabi Free Zone consist of the following , Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone (ADFZ), Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), Masdar City, twofour54, Zones Corp

Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad)

Kizad’s world class infrastructure, transportation and logistics options, as well as its low operating cost environment not only promote business efficiency they also make it easier for you to achieve your business goals. However at Kizad support for your business starts even before your operations begin.

Bankable Agreements
Business owners that have completed all stages of the land leasing process are invited to sign a Musataha agreement. This is a long-term property right agreement that is capable of being registered at the Abu Dhabi Land Registry Department in the name of the investor.

Signing the agreement ensures the investor legally owns all assets developed on their plot of land within Kizad while they reside at the industrial zone, and guarantees tenure provided the business operates within the terms of its license. It also acts as a supporting document for securing loans and mortgages related to an investors business.

Outstanding Access to Markets
Kizad is Centrally situated between East and West, Abu Dhabi is the ideal location for businesses to tap into huge regional and global markets. Its world central location means businesses in the Industrial Zone can tap into a market of more than two billion consumers within four time zones. Europe, Russia, India and Africa, are all easily reached while the markets of the Far East – Asia, Korea, China and Japan are readily accessible. Being a member means,

  • Be the preferred provider of world-class integrated ports and industrial zone services.
  • Develop and maintain long-term relationships with leading local and international customers.
  • Achieve sustainable development while supporting community needs and preserving local values.
  • Be the employer of choice that attracts and retains high caliber staff.
  • Increase shareholders value and satisfy other stakeholders expectations.
  • Safety and Security
    • Do not compromise on safe and secure operations
  • Integrity and Fairness
    • Strive to the highest ethical standard
    • Embrace fairness and respect
  • Teamwork
    • Encourage and promote teamwork spirit
  • Stakeholder Focus
    • Ensure customer satisfaction
    • Preserve and enhance shareholder value
  • Dynamism
    • Promote responsive, effective and results-oriented behavior
    • Be innovative and technology savvy
  • Quality
    • Achieve highest quality standards
  • Sustainable Development
    • Commit to the community
    • Minimize environmental impacts
    • Ensure long-term economic viability

World-class Transport Network; Infrastructure
A world-class transportation infrastructure underpins Kizads multimodal connectivity to roads, ports, rail and air networks ensuring easy accessibility to and from the Industrial Zone.

Sea TransportKizad will benefit from excellent access by sea though its ultra modern deepwater seaport, Khalifa Port. Khalifa Port is being developed to accommodate the largest ships to ensure easy import of bulk raw materials and export of finished goods.

Air TransportKizad is also directly connected to the markets of the UAE and the wider Middle East. The Industrial Zone and Khalifa Port have excellent access to the UAEs excellent highway network which links to the Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) and wider Middle East. Abu Dhabi International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai are both less than 30 minutes away, while the emerging freight and passenger rail networks will link tenants at Kizad to the far corners of the Arabian Peninsula.

Road TransportRoads in and around the Industrial Zone will be international standard dual four-lane highways, and dual three-lane arterial roads for efficient movement of goods and traffic. Interchanges are all constructed with bridges to further facilitate the flow of traffic. The road network links all major cities in the UAE, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Rail Transport The option of dedicated rail links and marshalling yards within Kizad also exists. Union Railway currently constructing the UAE component of a planned Pan-Arabian rail network linking Yemen, Oman and Saudi Arabia with the European Union and Russia – offers the opportunity to integrate rail freight facilities into the operating plan of customers plants, and Kizad is keen to facilitate such bulk handling capabilities into the Zones infrastructure.

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC)

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) act as an enabler for development & trade and facilitate the diversification of the national economy. The result will be greater prosperity for Abu Dhabi through increased trade and inbound investment, the enrichment of the Emirate’s knowledge and skills base through the interface with global industrial leaders, and the provision of world class employment opportunities for Emiratis through long term and sustainable economic growth.

In a nutshell, by developing transformational industrial zones and managing Abu Dhabi’s ports and maritime facilities, ADPC is a major driving force behind Abu Dhabi’s increasingly sustainable and broad-based economic future as.

  • The preferred provider of world-class integrated ports and industrial zone services.
  • Fulfill ADPC’s role in realization of Abu Dhabi Vision 2030.
  • Develop and maintain long-term relationships with leading local and international customers.
  • Achieve sustainable development while supporting community needs and preserving local values.
  • Be the employer of choice that attracts and retains high caliber staff.
  • Increase shareholders value and satisfy other stakeholders’ expectations.
  • Safety and Security
    • Do not compromise on safe and secure operations
  • Integrity and Fairness
    • Strive to the highest ethical standard
    • Embrace fairness and respect
  • Teamwork
    • Encourage and promote teamwork spirit
  • Stakeholder Focus
    • Ensure customer satisfaction
    • Preserve and enhance shareholder value
  • Dynamism
    • Promote responsive, effective and results-oriented behavior
    • Be innovative and technology savvy
  • Quality
    • Achieve highest quality standards
  • Sustainable Development
    • Commit to the community
    • Minimize environmental impacts
    • Ensure long-term economic viability

Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone (ADFZ)

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), the owner and operator of Abu Dhabi International Airport is set to establish a logistics park next to the airport which is planned to operate as a free zone facility called Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone (ADFZ)

. Its creation marks a milestone in Abu Dhabi’s plans to establish itself as a dynamic business centre. The logistics park will take advantage of Abu Dhabi International Airport’s strategic geographical position on the crossroads between east and west, and the large-scale economic development of the Emirate.

ADAC, was incorporated in March 2006 to spearhead a major redevelopment of the Emirate’s aviation infrastructure. ADAC’s creation was part of an ambitious restructuring initiative launched by the Government of Abu Dhabi, aimed at delivering better services to support the Emirate’s long-term economic and tourism strategies and to help build a more vibrant economy that attracts and promotes private sector investment.

The creation of the logistics park at Abu Dhabi Airport is aligned with ADAC’s objective of financing its Airport development programme, generating non-aeronautical revenues, and minimizing Government grants.

The business park’s unique set-up provides its customers a dynamic and thriving business environment with numerous benefits including:

  • World Class, congestion-free serviced facilities
  • Location within Abu Dhabi International Airport premises
  • Fast and efficient cargo clearance services
  • Easy access to airport apron
  • Access to international freight forwarders & logistics services
  • One-stop-shop solution for all investor-related services
  • Smart business facilitates with advanced ICT solutions
  • On-site customs inspection
  • Online customer service
  • 24 hours access to facility

Investor services center
With a strong positive relationship with Government organizations and Public authorities, a single point of contact is offered for all investor services:

  • Registration
  • Licensing
  • Leasing
  • Employee services
  • Business services
  • IT & telecommunication
  • Utilities, maintenance & other services

All the above will be complemented with a wide array of free zone offerings

Masdar City

  • Masdar Cityis an emerging global clean-technology cluster and special economic zone located in what aims to be one of the world’s most sustainable urban development’s powered by renewable energy. It is a city where current and future technologies will be funded, researched, developed, tested and commercialised. Leading multinational companies in the cleantech sector, as well as small- and medium sized enterprises and entrepreneurial start-ups will locate sales and marketing offices, demonstration centres, research and development labs and headquarters in the city. The city is anchored by the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology – a graduate-level, research-driven institution that is collaborating with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to develop and offer courses focused on education and research in advanced energy solution, sustainable technologies and policy.
  • A great place in which to live, Masdar City will be home to residents and commuters who will live the technological innovations being developed in the city’s labs, research centres and demonstration showcases. A test bed for new approaches to the planning, design, engineering, construction and operational challenges involved in creating environmentally sustainable cities, Masdar City itself will be helping test and solve these problems, thereby making it easier and cheaper to develop sustainable cities in the future. This US$22 billion free zone located about 17km from downtown Abu Dhabi will eventually be home to companies, researchers, and academics from across the globe, creating an international hub for companies and organisations focused on renewable energy and clean technologies.
  • It is an extraordinary endeavour that will attract the highest levels of international expertise, academics, commerce and residents – creating an unmatched commercial platform for sales, marketing and demonstration, as well as an environment ripe for innovation. By bringing together such resources, Masdar City will set a benchmark that will ultimately support sustainable development throughout Abu Dhabi and the region, as well as provide a functioning blueprint for sustainable living around the world.
  • Construction began in 2008, and just two years later, the first buildings are scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2010. The city will be home to international corporations and leading minds in the field of sustainability and renewable energy. General Electric is a strategic partner in Masdar City and will build its first Ecomagination Centre in the city. The centre will focus on promoting sustainable business solutions that will support the development and deployment of new and innovative technologies. The overarching Masdar-General Electric agreement focuses on sustainable business solutions and forming a broader R&D relationship that will support the development and deployment of new and innovative technologies and the overarching function of the city as a cleantech cluster.
  • In addition, Schneider Electric will build an innovation centre at Masdar City that will incorporate both an R&D facility and a technical centre of excellence. Bayer MaterialScience will implement with Masdar City an EcoCommercial building programme through the proposed construction of an EcoCommercial Building prototype in the city
  • Businesses are able to take advantage of a home grown research and development centre, the Masdar Institute, the first graduate-level academic institution dedicated to the research of alternative energy, environmental technologies and sustainability. While clean technology is the driving force behind the cluster, Masdar City caters to a range of technology companies contributing to the field. The city provides its commercial population with a unique business environment that fosters innovation and provides a convenient gateway to enter the growing Gulf market, wider Middle East and nearby Asia.
  • Masdar City, designed by renowned planning and architecture firm Foster + Partners, will be built on six square kilometres near to Abu Dhabi International Airport and not far from Saadiyat and Yas islands.
  • Design
    Inspired by the architecture and urban planning of traditional Arab cities, Masdar City incorporates narrow streets; the shading of windows, exterior walls and walkways; thick-walled buildings; courtyards and wind towers; vegetation and a generally walkable city.
  • The design provides the highest quality living and working environment with the lowest possible carbon footprint and includes a northeast-southwest orientation of the city. This makes best use of the cooling night breezes and lessens the effect of hot daytime winds. There will be green parks separating built-up areas, not only to capture and direct cool breezes into the heart of the city but also to reduce solar gain and provide cool pleasant oases throughout the city. The intelligent design of residential and commercial spaces will reduce demand for artificial lighting and air conditioning. As well, all buildings will surpass the highest sustainable building standards currently set by internationally recognised organisations
  • Carefully planned landscape and water features will aid in reducing ambient temperatures, while enhancing the quality of the street; the elimination of cars and trucks at street level not only makes the air cleaner for pedestrians but also allows buildings to be closer together, providing more shade but allowing maximum natural light. The placement of residential, recreational, civic, leisure, retail, commercial and light industrial areas across the master plan, along with the public transportation networks, ensures that the city is pedestrian friendly and a pleasant and convenient place in which to live and work.
  • In light of these design elements and many others, Masdar City has received several awards, including the first World Clean Energy Award in 2007 from the Transatlantic21 Association in Basel, Switzerland. Also that year, the city’s design was voted “Sustainable Region / City of the Year” at Euromoney and Ernst & Young’s Global Renewable Energy Awards.
  • Electricity
  • Once fully built, Renewable Energy will be a power source in Masdar City, and solar power will meet the vast portion of the renewable energy mix, where the city’s power needs are estimated at 230MW. This is a substantially lower energy requirement than that of comparable conventional cities in the region. A great deal of electricity can be generated from solar sources, including photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power, reducing the city’s power demand that will help achieve the city’s sustainability goals..
  • The city will minimise energy demand by deploying the most energy-efficient techniques available. This includes setting building codes that far exceed those of any existing rating system, installing smart appliances and utility networks that interact to reduce appliance demand during peak consumption periods, and using passive architecture features that increase shade and reduce solar gain, and cutting edge cooling technologies.
  • In addition to solar energy, Masdar City is exploring the viability of geothermal, waste-to-energy and solar cooling technologies that use the power of the sun to run air-conditioning units.
  • A 10MW solar photovoltaic plant is already operational within Masdar City, the largest such solar plant in the Middle East. It powers the temporary Masdar site administration buildings and many ongoing construction activities at Masdar City, including construction cranes and all the Masdar office buildings. Built across 22 hectares by Abu Dhabi-based Enviromena, the plant
  • was connected to the Abu Dhabi power grid in April 2010 and is supplied by 50 percent thin film photovoltaic modules and 50 percent polycrystalline photovoltaic modules.
  • Water
  • Once fully built, Masdar City’s water needs will be less than half that of conventional cities in the region. It will require around 12,500 m3 per day of desalinated potable water. To achieve this the city will use a broad array of water use reduction technologies, including high efficiency appliances, water tariff that promotes water efficiency, smart water meters that inform consumers of their consumption, treated wastewater recycling, and high efficiency irrigation and low water use landscaping.
  • Waste
  • Masdar City will also severely diminish the landfill area needed by developing systems and encouraging lifestyles that will dramatically reduce waste. It will provide an environment that enables a low-waste lifestyle through the reduction, reuse, recycling and recovery of waste materials. A vacuum waste collection system will allow residents to easily separate their waste, facilitating a high recycling rate. Most waste that cannot be recycled will be treated in a thermal treatment plant, from which energy will be generated.
  • Transportation
  • Masdar City will be the first modern city to operate without fossil fuelled automobiles and trucks at a street level. The design of the city will allow individuals to live and work without the need for a personal vehicle.
  • As a pilot in the Masdar Institute neighbourhood, Masdar City is deploying the revolutionary Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) and the Freight Rapid Transit (FRT) systems that, together with pedestrian and other public transit methods, will safely move people and goods across the city. PRT vehicles are similar to unmanned taxicabs, in size and comfort, guided by a central computer that controls the movement of all PRT and FRT vehicles. The goal is that people within Masdar City will not have to walk more than 250m to get reach some form of public transport.
  • Masdar City Partnership with One Planet Living
  • Masdar City is an “emerging project” within the One Planet Living programme – a global initiative developed by WWF (also known as the World Wide Fund for Nature and the World Wildlife Fund) and BioRegional – that aims to show that it is possible to live within ecological limits and still improve the quality of people’s lives. To guide these efforts, One Planet Living has created 10 principles to which sustainable communities should adhere. BioRegional helped develop Masdar City’s Sustainability Action Plan in order for the city to be endorsed as a One Planet Living community.
  • The Masdar Institute of Science of Technology
  • The first building to be operational at Masdar City will be that of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, whose students will be the first residents of the city. Focused on the science and engineering of advanced alternative energy, environmental technologies and sustainability, Masdar Institute will be at the heart of the homegrown research and development community at Masdar City and will eventually host up to 600-800 Master’s and PhD students and more than 100-150 faculty.
  • Foster + Partners, which developed the city’s master plan, has designed the Masdar Institute building, a complex structure that encompasses labs, student residences, classrooms and offices. It is designed to use 70 percent less electricity and drinking water than conventional buildings of its size and is wired throughout with an energy metering system that monitors energy consumption and produces data that will be easily accessible to students and faculty for use as a research tool. The building will be a test bed for sustainable technologies that will be studied and refined for implementation in future city buildings.
  • The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) – an intergovernmental organisation dedicated to promoting the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy.
  • – will locate its headquarters at Masdar City, bringing to the city the latest in renewable energy policymaking, global best practices and state-ofthe-art technological expertise. This is the first time an international organisation of such size has selected a Middle East city for its secretariat. IRENA was founded in January 2010 and has 143 signatory countries from both the developing and developed world. IRENA aims at becoming the main driving force in promoting a rapid transition towards the widespread and sustainable use of renewable energy on a global scale. Acting as the global voice for renewable energies, IRENA will provide practical advice and support for both industrialised and developing countries, help them improve their regulatory frameworks and build capacity. The agency will facilitate access to all relevant information including reliable data on the potential of renewable energy, best practices.


twofour54 is named after the geographical co-ordinates of Abu Dhabi, twofour54’s vision is to enable the development of world class Arabic media and entertainment content, by Arabs for Arabs, and to position Abu Dhabi as a regional centre of excellence in content creation across all media platforms including film, broadcast, music, digital media, events, gaming and publishing. twofour54 is governed by the Media Zone Authority and The Authority has full independent and administrative capacity and is responsible for setting and implementing the regulations, policies and strategies for the operation of the free zone twofour54 Abu Dhabi is the brand name of the Media Zone – Abu Dhabi.

twofour54’s aim is to create a collaborative and supportive campus community; stimulating creative and professional partnerships through our three key business pillars: tadreeb -the training academy; ibtikar – innovation & support; and intaj – state of the art production facilities. There three pillars are supported by a business enabler tawasol, which provides support to organisations and individuals looking to join the twofour54 community.

At twofour54 we offer media and entertainment organisations a complete range of services that help drive your business success and growth in the region. The Regulatory Affairs Department of the Media Zone Authority-Abu Dhabi oversees the incorporation and registration of companies within twofour54, as well as the licensing of their business and dissemination activities and carries out the following functions on behalf of the Authority:

  • Registration and licensing for media businesses at twofour54.
  • Company and personal set-up services for your business and staff.
  • Customised office space solutions for your business needs.
  • Licensing of businesses
  • Licensing Dissemination Activities
  • Maintenance of Companies Register
  • License renewals and amendments
  • World-class studio production and post-production facilities supported by technical staff. All available for hire for your production needs in the region.
  • Broadcast services – Playout Centre, Uplink and Downlink teleport services and digital asset management centre.
  • Vocational media training.
  • Industry investment and business support for Arab entrepreneurs and fledgling media and entertainment content businesses from the region.
  • twofour54 consists of three key pillars: twofour54 tadreeb (the training academy), twofour54 ibtikar (innovation and support) and twofour54 intaj (state-of-the-art production facilities) all supported by business enabler twofour54 tawasol (one-stop-shop).
  • Issuing of Regulations governing the establishment and licensing of businesses within twofour54
  • Implementation and monitoring of Codes of Practice governing business standards within twofour54 and specific standards in relation to the dissemination of content
  • Incorporation and registration of companies and branch offices
  • Ensuring consistent regulatory best practice across the zone

Zones Corp

Zones Corp established as a government- backed higher corporation for specialized economic zones, is directly responsible for the establishment, management and operation of specialized economic zones in Abu Dhabi. ZonesCorp is committed to developing the industrial infrastructure in the capital, cultivating a business climate conducive to growth and driving the diversification of the economy Zones Corp

Zones Corp has much to offer businesses in the way of value propositions and operational incentives. With specialized zones in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi boasting of state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge utilities, logistics capabilities, advanced communications infrastructure and workers residential cities, investors can easily set up their businesses in the country’s capital and set their industrial projects in motion in a matter of a few weeks.

Their Unique Value Proposition aims at building a solid diversified economic base for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. It is based on two core competencies:

  • They develop, operate, manage and administer zones of special economic nature in strategic locations throughout the Emirate of Abu Dhabi – tailored for specific needs.
  • They leverage on an enhanced financial capability by procuring new specialized clusters through Public-Private Partnership management structures and involvement of the ZonesCorp Infrastructure Investment Fund.

Main Objectives Includes

  • To drive the development of specialized economic zones in Abu Dhabi in line with the governments multipronged economic strategy.
  • To prompt the development of a broad spectrum of local industries in order to vary the sources of national income.
  • To cultivate an investment climate conducive to professionalism so as to attract UAE nationals, develop their skills and integrate them into the workforce.
  • To encourage the establishment of small and medium-sized specialized industries by offering operational incentives.
  • To spread awareness about the “specialized economic zone” business model through tactical PR and advertising campaigns.
  • To promote creativity and endorse innovation in all industries pertinent to specialized economic zones.
  • To engender regional economic integration by synchronizing between various projects to be launched in the GCC and neighboring Arab countries.
  • To benefit from the expertise of international organizations in the field of specialized economic  zones establishment with the aim of adhering to global best practices.