Abu Dhabi records 21.5% increase in new economic licenses in 2021; Report

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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According to the 2021 Business Activity Report, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi saw the issuance of 25,427 new licenses, an increase of 21.5 percent compared to the 2020 figure of 20,925.

The report was published by the Abu Dhabi Business Center at the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED).

Further, the report revealed that renewed economic licenses increased to 83,484, growing by 15.8 percent, from 72,070 in 2020, a clear indication of continued post-pandemic recovery, growth, and development.

Rashed Abdulkarim Al Blooshi
Rashed Abdulkarim Al Blooshi

“As a result of the Emirate’s pre-emptive approach towards tackling the effects of the pandemic whilst prudently driving the macro-economy forward, Abu Dhabi was able to forge ahead successfully with its growth and diversification roadmap. The economic landscape in Abu Dhabi has been crafted to offer businesses and entrepreneurs a compelling proposition, something made possible by our evolved and digitalized infrastructure. Initiatives such as the Investor Journey program which was responsible for driving a 71 percent reduction in business set-up requirements in coordination with 26 local and federal government entities, and the lowering of ADDED setup and renewal fees by 90 percent, have facilitated ease of doing business for investors and entrepreneurs. We also pride ourselves with the integrated public-private business partner eco-system which we managed to create to allow businesses to benefit from and thrive.”

According to the Business Activity Report, “Of the 25,427 economic licenses issued, commercial sector licenses made up 24,077, up 21.4 percent from 19,839 in 2020, with professional sector licenses making up 711, were up 35.7 percent from 524 licenses in 2020.”

Agricultural, livestock, and fisheries sector licenses settled in at 64 in 2021 compared to 70 in 2020. Tourism sector licenses grew to 126 in 2021 from 89 in 2020, an increase of 41.4 percent, while industrial sector licenses grew to 206 from 180 licenses, a 14.4 percent growth in 2020.

Furthermore, occupational sector licenses rose 9 percent from 223 in 2020 to 243 licenses in 2021. ‘Tajer Abu Dhabi’ new licenses issued in 2021 reached 7,106 compared to 7,087 in 2020, while the number of instant licenses issued came in at 2,653 for 2021, compared to 2,159 in 2020.

Mr. Mohammed Munif Al Mansouri, Executive Director of the Abu Dhabi Business Centre, said that, “We are witnessing the gradual and calculated growth of businesses across all sectors and industries, and this is testament to the efforts made towards taking Abu Dhabi’s economy through to the next level of its evolution.”

“For ADDED during 2021, delivering an ‘ease-of-doing-business’ environment for business owners was the critical objective and milestone, and we’ll continue to build on and safeguard this environment and ecosystem to further benefit the aspiring local and international investor,” Mr. Al Mansouri added.

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