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Dubai Media City (DMC)

DMC (Dubai Media City) Free Zone

All types of businesses operate in Dubai Media City with collective synergies including media services and marketing, printing and publishing, music, film, new media, entertainment and entertainment, broadcasting and news agencies. The DMC (Dubai Media City)Free Zone is open to various media-related subsections, including advertising, communications, event management, media advice and support, and various freelancers.

The Benefits of Doing Business in Dubai Media City

Dubai Media City offers various business clusters for enterprises, along with a business-friendly environment, dynamic network environment and world-class logistics facilities for Dubai Media City companies. Dubai Media City is known as an ideal media centre for the below-discussed reasons:

Exceptional Cluster Environment

Dubai Media City provides a unique collective environment where the work campus is dedicated to industry-specific value chains so that they can interact and work together effectively to achieve common business goals.

World-Class Infrastructure

Dubai Media City offers several high-speed data, digital voice services, cutting-edge technology and competitively priced community infrastructure to drive cluster growth.

Free Zone Status

  • No currency restrictions
  • No need for minimum capital investment
  • No restriction on hiring foreign employees
  • Freedom of 100% foreign ownership
  • 0% personal income tax and corporate tax for at least 50 years, which is renewable further
  • Total exemption on customs duties on import and/or re-export of goods and services

Business-Friendly Environment

  • Single-window operations for all government services like postal services, licensing, registration, visa, traffic, etc.
  • Faster immigration process and rapid access to knowledge workers
  • The hassle-free and simplified incorporation process
  • Streamlined legal framework and business-friendly company laws
  • 24-hour visa service

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Business Activities in Dubai Media City

The Government of Dubai supports forms of business within its jurisdiction and Dubai Media City offers business areas to choose from:

  • Media and Marketing Services
  • Media Support Services
  • Media Consultancy
  • New Media
  • Non-Profit Association
  • Advertising & Communication
  • Business Information
  • Event Management
  • Event Support Services
  • Freelancing

Types of Permissible Legal Entities in Dubai Media City

Individual or legal entities can register their company in this free zone in Dubai as one of the following legal entities:

Free Zone Establishment (FZE or FZ-LLC)

A business entity with one partner.

Free Zone Company (FZC/FZCO)

A business entity with 2 to 5 partners.

Branch of a Foreign Company

To apply for foreign citizenship.

Branch of a Local Company

For UAE, a legal entity is registered to apply for a business.


For someone who wants to provide certain professional services on their behalf.

Types of Licenses for Dubai Media City Companies

Once you've decided on your line of business and the legal form for your business idea, here are some commercial licenses to choose from:

  • Event Leisure License
  • Media Marketing Services License
  • New Media Support Service License
  • Business Information Services License
  • Consultancy and Retail License

Procedures of Starting a Business in DMC Free Zone

The Dubai Creative Cluster Authority (DCCA) is primarily responsible for the registration and licensing of companies in Dubai Media City. The company registration process may be different for each company; depending on the selected entity type.

Free Zone Limited Liability Company(FZ-LLC)

The procedure for forming a Free Zone LLC in Dubai Media City is the same whether you are an individual or a shareholder of a company. There is a 3 step process to be followed in order:

Step 1: Apply for company registration and submit the following documents for approval to DCCA (Dubai Creative Cluster Authority).

Individual as Shareholder

Corporate Person as Shareholder

Application form for the license

Application form for the license

Business plan

Business plan

Valid passport copies of the shareholders, manager, and director(s)

Valid passport copies of the shareholders, manager, and director(s)


Copy of the certificate of incorporation

Step 2: Submit the required documents and make the requested payment. The list of documents for FZ-LLC with an individual as a shareholder or as partners with legal entities as partners is listed below:

Individual as Shareholder

Corporate Person as Shareholder

Application for registration

Application for registration

The CV of shareholder(s)

Company Incorporation Certificate

Bank reference letter for the shareholder(s)

Certificate of Continuity of Existence or Good Standing

Resolution for the incorporation of FZ-LLC

Memorandum of Association (MOA) and Articles of Association (AOA) of the parent company

No-Objection Certificate (NOC) for the manager from the current UAE sponsor (if applicable)

Resolution for incorporation of FZ-LLC

Registry Identification Code (RIC) form for the shareholder(s), director(s) and manager

NOC for the manager from the current UAE sponsor

Proof of share capital from a bank or a deposit receipt in the trust account

RIC form for the shareholder(s), director(s) and manager


Proof of share capital from a bank or a deposit receipt in the trust account

Step 3: Signing and collection of all the certificates, license, lease, MOA and AOA.

  • Sign and collect the lease
  • Sign and collect the Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • Collect the license and Certificate of Incorporation

Branch of a Foreign Company

The steps for establishing a foreign company branch are the same as for FZ-LLC, but the documents that must be submitted in step 2 are:

  • Application for registration
  • Trade license of the parent company issued by the Department of Economic Development (DED)
  • Memorandum of Association (MOA) and Articles of Association (AOA) of the parent company
  • Resolution for the establishment of the branch
  • No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the current UAE sponsor
  • Registry Identification Code (RIC) form for the manager

Branch of a UAE Company

The process of establishing a local business branch (registered in UAE) has changed. The steps are as follows:

  • Submit the license application form, business plan and a copy of the UAE license. It should be noted that a company that has been operating for at least 2 years has the right to establish a branch.
  • Submit the required documents, select a commercial space and pay the required fees. The documents required here correspond to the foreign company branch documents.
  • Sign and collect your lease agreement and license.

Freelance Permit Company

A freelancer is a person who is self-employed and provides services to various companies. The freelancer license allows freelancers to carry out their professional activities without any problems and government interference. How to get a freelance permit in Dubai Media City:

Step 1: You need to submit the following documents:

  • An application form for a license
  • Business plan
  • Valid passport copy
  • Personal reference letters (minimum 3)
  • A sample of work or portfolio to the DCCA.

Step 2: Submit the documents below, select the appropriate commercial space, then pay the required fee.

  • Application for registration
  • One's CV
  • Bank reference letter
  • Registry Identification Code (RIC) form

Step 3: Sign a housing contract and collect one freelance permit.

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