A Company registered in a GCC country can open a branch in Abu Dhabi without obtaining prior approval from the Ministry of Economy. However, the branch must fulfill the requirement of obtaining prior approval from an external department if the licence procedure requires so. A GCC Company is not required to appoint a Service Agent. If there are shareholders who are not from the GCC in the mother company, such a company shall be considered to be a foreign company and will be
required to register at the Ministry of Economy in accordance with usual procedure.