Company Formation in Industrial City Abu Dhabi

The United Arab Emirates has historically been a business hub. Over the past few years, the country’s economic development has been closely associated with the entrepreneurial spirit of the Emirati community. To further push innovation and foreign investment, the nation’s authorities have set up special economic zones allowing businesses to thrive with minimal expenses and processes, making business set up in UAE-free zones much easier.

The Industrial City of Abu Dhabi Free Zone has multiple clusters, and each enjoys several benefits. With enormous scope for heavy and light industries, the ICAD is a free zone in demand 

Let’s Talk about Abu Dhabi Industrial City

A well-planned region, the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi (ICAD) has been constructed and operated with the highest technological standards. The ICAD is located on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, covering an area of 40 sq. km with various business clusters to explore. The business opportunity in Abu Dhabi Industrial City (ADIC) is higher for industrial and manufacturing-oriented companies. Every business sector in the ADIC has a top-notch infrastructure, great transport connectivity, and excellent communication facility.

This zone is strategically located between 2 emirates, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The cost-efficient and flexible policies and easy company formation formalities appeal to foreign investors. ICAD's thriving technological environment contributes to and supports different companies' present and future growth.

Industrial Clusters Present in ICAD Abu Dhabi

Every cluster incorporated in the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi has world-class infrastructure facilities, reliable utility, and communication works. The free zone also provides several entry points and free-flowing junctions on fully developed roads, as well as logistics hubs and storage that make easy and quick accessibility and reach to airports and ports of Abu Dhabi. The clusters that exist are 

  • Engineering & Metals
  • General Industries
  • Chemical and Plastic
  • Oil and Gas Services
  • Construction Materials
  • High-Tech Industries
  • Advanced Factory Units

ICAD Free Zones

Abu Dhabi Industrial Free Zone has more than 355 manufacturing companies, employing more than 30,000 employees. It is incorporated into five different industry clusters or zones. They are –


Heavy-to-medium manufacturing, engineering and processing industries, including metal products, construction materials, fibreglass and plastics assembly. ICAD I extends over an area of 14km².


Light-to-medium manufacturing, engineering and processing industries, including wood processing, engineering, oil and gas, construction materials, and chemicals


Light-to-medium engineering and processing business with an international focus and wood processing and engineering, chemicals and plastics, construction materials, high-tech industries, food, and textiles are the key target sectors for this zone.


Light-manufacturing and technology-based industries


Automobile or automotive manufacturing-based industries

Documents Required for Abu Dhabi Industrial City Business Formation

The documents needed to start your ICAD business are –

  • Proof of business name reservation
  • Initial Approval from Industrial City Authority
  • Passport copies of all shareholders
  • Passport and CV copies of the appointed manager
  • Agreement of the business facility lease
  • Information sheet of all shareholders and the general manager
  • POA (notarised and attested) – appointment of the legal representative
  • Board resolution indicating the intention of company formation in ICAD

Procedure to Set Up a Company in Abu Dhabi Industrial City Fee Zone 

Like every other free zones in Abu Dhabi, ICAD also follows a set of procedures for business set-up

Choose your Activity

Determine economic activity so that you can go ahead with obtaining the business license from the free zone authorities

Frame a Structure

Determine the legal structure for your business

Choose a Suitable Name

Decide on the trade name before obtaining the initial approval.

Proceed for Initial Approvals

Once the business name is chosen and the trade name certificate is obtained, proceed to the next step of securing initial approval from the ICAD authority

Move for Further Approvals

Secure additional approval from other authorities if your business activity needs one

License Procedures

Obtain a license and pay fees

We are Here to Help

The Industrial City of Abu Dhabi is an ideal hub for manufacturing and heavy & light Industries. It provides a variety of domain-specific clusters in which one can identify and start the production process. Commitbiz can assist you in handling your business registration, acquiring the license, getting the necessary permits and all other legal formalities. 

Contact us and start your business without any legal interruptions or hassle.


What is ICAD?

ICAD is the acronym for the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi. It is a freezone in Abu Dhabi.

How many clusters are there in ICAD?

There are 5 different clusters.

Does ICAD have import and export customs duty?

No, it is completely free from customs duties.

How many industrial sectors are there in the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi Free zone?

There are 7 major industrial sectors, and they are,

  • High Tech Industries
  • General Industries
  • Materials for Construction
  • Metals and Engineering
  • Oil and Gas Services
  • Advanced Factory Units
  • Chemical and Plastic

Is ICAD a good freezone to invest in?

Yes, it offers several benefits and stands perfect for light and heavy industries.