Abu Dhabi Business Center (ADBC) of Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) has successfully processed over 13,700 applications for commercial licenses across the entire Emirate of Abu Dhabi, through e- services linkage with 8 different government entities since the activation of the new e-linkage system earlier this year. Numerous governmental entities commended the new system and the positive impact it has had on the swiftness of processing applications and the ease of carrying them out which reflects the Emirate’s wise leadership’s support to initiatives to boost the prosperity of the economy. Recent data by ADBC revealed that over 13,700 applications have been processed electronically with 8 different local government entities covering three main services offered by the Center namely; trade licensing, commercial registration businesses and investors supporting services. Mohammed Rashid Al Rumaithi, Acting Executive Director of ADBC stated: “The launching of the Center is an initiative adopted by the government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in an effort to reshape the business environment in alignment with International standards, and it comes as part of a comprehensive strategic plan focused on the development of various economic sectors”.Al Rumaithi added: “The Center is yet another step towards achieving the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, forming an ideal business environment that positions Abu Dhabi as a premium hub for investment in the region, which is achieved by the adoption of various projects and initiatives that meets with the aspirations of business people and investors.” Recent data by ABDC revealed that the Municipality of Abu Dhabi came in the forefront of government entities scoring 8038 electronic applications from the date of activation of the Center followed by the Department of Transport with 2320 applications, and the Supreme Petroleum Council in the third place with 2206 applications. Furthermore, 828 applications were processed through e-linkage with Al Ain Municipality, 211 with Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company and 136 applications were electronically completed with the Western Region Municipality since February 2013Al Rumaithi, confirmed that ADBC is currently interlinked with 8 different government entities namely Abu Dhabi Chamber, the Center of Waste Management, the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, Al Ain Municipality, the Western Region Municipality, the Department of Transport, Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company, and the Supreme Petroleum Council.Al Rumaithi added that ADBC aspires to activate an additional 10 e-linkages with other government entities by the end of 2013, to reach the 90% mark for the completion of trade licensing and seeks to reach the 100% mark by the end of 2014 once the Center is successfully linked to 28 government entities. Al Rumaithi said: “ADBC has been launched to transform the economic environment in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi taking it to new heights, as it contributes to the achievement of sustainable economic development in line with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030”. The Acting Executive Director of ADBC added: “The e-linkage with the various federal and local government entities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi attracts serves private sector companies within the Emirate and abroad. The attraction lies in the Center’s nature of being a one stop window offering technical consultations on licensing procedures, in addition to providing official and legal information related to setting up commercial, industrial and services and other activities that contribute to Abu Dhabi’s dynamic prosperity lead by its wise leadership.”The launching of the ADBC came to meet by the rise in demand for trade licenses with over 180,000 applications processed in 2012. The activation of the Center is considered as a turning point, and an achievement which has positively enhanced the performance of ADDED, trade licensing procedures. Applications are expected to rise by approximately 10% in the current year across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Upon the completion of e-linkages with the remaining local entities in line with the strategic directives of the government, ADBC is anticipated to play a significant role in the licensing process of economic activities across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. ADBC e-linkage with various local and federal and entities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, would inevitably help in placing Abu Dhabi amongst the leading e-government system at the regional and global levels.