73,212 licenses were , indicating strong growth and confidence in Abu Dhabi business sector.
H.E. Rashed Abdulkarim Al Blooshi, Undersecretary of ADDED, said “The continued growth of new and renewed economic licenses is a testament of the attractiveness of business sector in Abu Dhabi despite geopolitical and economic challenges that affected confidence of investors and businesses around the globe. It also reflects the success of policies and initiatives launched by Abu Dhabi to forge ahead with its diversification strategy and the ongoing improvement of legislative and regulatory framework as well as infrastructure and digital transformation in order to offer compelling opportunities in different sectors to investors”.
“We remain focused on constant enhancements of the public-private partnership ecosystem to allow businesses to benefit from and thrive, meet investors’ demands, and protect consumer and intellectual property as part of our efforts to achieve a knowledge-based, innovation-driven, and sustainable economy,” H.E. Rashed Al Blooshi added.
The inspection campaigns to ensure adherence of commercial facilities to laws and rules regulating the sector in the Emirate. Number of offences reported decreased to 420 from 479 in 2022, and 10 awareness workshops on differences between original and counterfeit products were organised.
The Consumer Protection Department has conducted 9147 inspection campaigns. It has settled 5064 consumers complaints related to products valued AED 27.6 million, compared to 4209 settled complaints in 2021.
Last year, Inspection & Control Department conducted185759 179457 in 2021 while offences reported decreased from 7080 in 2021 to 3813 in 2021.
H.E. Mohammed Munif Al Mansouri, Executive Director of the Abu Dhabi Business Centre, said, “The 2022 annual report reaffirms vitality of business sector in Abu Dhabi in a year characterised by challenges at the international level. In addition, the growth rates recorded in 2022 are achieved from a high base as 2021 witnessed remarkable increase in economic activities with the recovery from COVID-19 impacts”.
In 2022, the Abu Dhabi Business Centre (ADBC) has launched initiatives to enhance business ecosystem and ensure best conditions to investor to grow and thrive while protecting rights of consumers and intellectual property. It has launched, in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD), the consumer dispute resolution service to expedite settlement of disputes between consumers and commercial establishments in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, amicably, and at the best possible cost for the concerned parties.“As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure ease of doing business and support entrepreneurs, we expanded ‘Tajer Abu Dhabi’ (Abu Dhabi Trader) license, which allows micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (mSMEs) to obtain the trade license without the need to work from a physical location or having to pay rent on commercial space for three years, by adding 126 new activities to it. Additionally, ADDED granted H.E. Mohammed Munif Al Mansouri added.