Dubai Maritime Authority City (DMCA) Free Zone

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), a visionary project, is the world's first purpose-built maritime centre. It is strategically located between Port Rashid and Dubai Drydocks World. This zone aims to become a leading international maritime hub by catering to the maritime sector's requirements. 

What is the Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA)?

The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) is a government entity that regulates all maritime aspects of Dubai. This zone attracts investors like you who wish to invest in or start businesses related to the maritime sector. 

Benefits of Starting a Business in Dubai Maritime City Authority

Some of the key advantages for setting up a business in Dubai Maritime City free zone :  

  • You can enjoy 100% ownership of your business. 
  • There is no need to have any local sponsor.
  • The strategic location helps you to enjoy easy access to major transportation links.
  • The modern and high-tech infrastructure allows businesses to offer modern industrial facilities for research and innovation centres.
  • You can develop contacts with leading shipping companies and maritime service providers and easily gather potential investment in growing Dubai's maritime city.

How to Start a Business in DMCA?

The following steps are required to be followed to incorporate your business in the Dubai Maritime City Authority Free Zone:

  • Choose Business Activity

You should decide your business activity before stepping into the global hub of businesses. While deciding, it is also important to check with the governmental norms.

  • Decide Trade Name

You should decide on a trade name that represents your business activity. While deciding on your business name, it is important to adhere to the regulations laid down by the authorities.

  • Company Registration

Select the business activity and get your business registered with the relevant authority.

  • Obtain Necessary Documents

To operate your business in the Dubai Maritime City free zone, you must obtain all the necessary documents from the authorities.

  • Get Office Space for Rent

Dubai Maritime City Free Zone Authority has a variety of commercial spaces available for potential investors. Choose the location wisely as per your business requirements and get it approved by the relevant authority.

  • Start your Business

After getting all the approvals and deciding all the mandatory things,  you can start your business operations.

Core values of Dubai Maritime City Free Zone

  • Play a pioneering role in maritime best practices.
  • Reputation for excellence.
  • Launch new initiatives and innovative ideas.
  • Create new collaborations with new entities thereby ensuring the success of the maritime industry.
  • Best human capital excellence that provides rewarding work.

DMCA License Requirements

To avail DMCA license, the following documents must be submitted:

  • Proof of trade name reservation and initial approval
  • Passport copies of all the shareholders
  • Personal information sheet of each shareholder and general manager
  • Documents for lease agreement [it is mandatory to have a physical office address in UAE]
  • Attested and notarised Memorandum of Association (MOA) and Articles of Association (AOA) 
  • Attested and notarised Certificate of Registration for incorporation

Choose Commitbiz to Set Up Your Business in DMCA

For a smooth and efficient business setup in Dubai Maritime City, consider Commitbiz. We are a dedicated business setup company with extensive experience in navigating the processes and regulations of Dubai Free Zones. We can provide you with expert guidance and support throughout the entire process, thereby ensuring a successful launch of your maritime business in Dubai.


Where is the DMCA free zone located?

It is located between Dubai's Drydocks world and port Rashid.

Can I open a branch of my existing company in the DMCA free zone?

Yes, you can open it. 

Can I renew my business license if it is located in the DMCA free zone?

Yes, you can renew your license for marine activities and private development zones.

What is a maritime commercial license required?

Maritime commercial license are required for companies and individuals to engage in naval and leisure activities in Dubai's seas.

Is a specific license required to teach maritime-related subjects in DMCA?

Yes, you need a maritime education and research license.