2. Introduction

Abu Dhabi Global Market
2.1 Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) is a broad based international financial center, established pursuant to Abu Dhabi Law No. 4 of 2013 in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. With its own civil and commercial laws based on Common law, ADGM offers the local, regional and international business community a world-class legal system and regulatory regime.
2.2 This guidance (“Guide”) is issued under section 28 of the Commercial Licensing Regulations 2015. The Guide has been prepared by the Registration Authority to assist ADGM registered entities in relation to data protection requirements.
Registration Authority
2.3 The Registration Authority is one of ADGM’s three independent authorities, together with the Financial Services Regulatory Authority and ADGM Courts. The Registration Authority is responsible for, among other things the registration and commercial licensing of businesses operating in or from Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi.
The Office of Data Protection
2.4 The ADGM Office of Data Protection is the data protection supervisor for the ADGM. The Office of Data Protection’s role is to administer the ADGM’s data protection regime (the Data Protection Regulations 2015 (as amended)), including maintaining a register of Data Controllers, enforcing the obligations upon Data Controllers and upholding the rights of individuals.
2.5 The Office of Data Protection also provides guidance to registered entities and receives complaints from individuals.
2.6 For more information and data protection resources, please go to the Office of Data Protection micro-site available at:
2.7 For further information or enquiries please contact us via email at: