Dubai Media City (DMC) Free Zone

Dubai Media City (DMC) was established in January 2000, according to the vision of the ruler and Prime Minister of UAE at the Time, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to transform Dubai into a knowledge-based society and economy. As part of this vision, DMC was set up to create a world-class environment for global and regional media companies as well as independent media professionals in the United Arab Emirates.

 Dubai Media City (DMC) is operated under the jurisdiction of Dubai Technology & Media Free Zone Authority (DTMFZA), now renamed as Dubai Creative Clusters Authority (DCCA) and is managed by TECOM Investments, a Dubai-based company and a subsidiary of Dubai Holding, which is dedicated towards knowledge and life-improving industries. Companies of every kind in Dubai Media City have been operating with collective synergy, including media and marketing services, printing and publishing, music, film, new media, leisure and entertainment, broadcasting and information agencies.

Dubai Media City offers a supportive platform for media-oriented companies to display their products and services, therefore, since its launch in 2000, more than 1,400 companies have set up their operations in this free zone including global media giants like Bertelsmann, BBC, MBC, CNN, Reuters, CNBC, Forbes, Sony, and Showtime, among others.

Licensing Options for Dubai Media City Companies

Once you have decided your business segment and type of legal entity you going to choose for your business idea, here are a few business licenses you can opt for:

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

Business Activities Permissible in Dubai Media City

  • Advertising and Communication
  • Media, New Media, and Marketing Services
  • Event Management and Support Services
  • Business Information
  • Freelancing
  • Media Associations
  • Media and Marketing Consultancy

Types of Permissible Legal Entities in Dubai Media City

An individual or corporate can register their business in this Dubai Free Zone as one of the following legal entities:

1. Free Zone Establishment (FZE or FZ-LLC)

A business entity with one shareholder

2. Free Zone Company (FZC/FZCO)

A business entity with 2 to 5 shareholders

3. Branch of a Foreign Company

For an application for foreign nationality

4. Branch of a Local Company

For a UAE registered a corporate person to apply for company setup

5. Freelancer

For a person wishing to dispense a certain service, falling under freelance permit, under one’s own name

The process of Setting Up a Business in Dubai Media City Free Zone

The main authority responsible for company registration and licensing in Dubai Media City is Dubai Creative Cluster Authority (DCCA). The company registration process might differ from company to company; it depends on the type of entity you choose.

1. Free Zone Limited Liability Company (FZ-LLC)

The procedure for setting up a Free Zone LLC in Dubai Media City is the same, whether you are an individual or a corporate person as a shareholder. There is a 3-step procedure which needs to be followed in order:

Step 1: Application for company registration and submission of the following documents for approval to the DCCA

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)

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Copy of the certificate of incorporation

Step 2: Submission of the necessary documentation and making the requested payments. The document lists for FZ-LLC with the individual as a shareholder and with a corporate person as a shareholder are given 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 or 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

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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

2. Branch of a Foreign Company

The steps for setting up the branch of a foreign company are the same as that for an FZ-LLC, but the documents to 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

3. Branch of a UAE Company

There is a change in the procedure to set up a branch of a local (UAE registered) company. The steps are as follows:

Step 1:  Submit an application form for a license, business plan, and UAE license copy. It should be noted here that companies that have been carrying out their business operations for at least 2 years will qualify for setting a branch.

Step 2:  Submit the required documents, select a commercial space, and pay the requisite fee. The documents required here are the same as the ones mentioned for the branch of a foreign company.

Step 3:  Sign and collect your lease and license.

4. Freelance Permit

A freelancer is a person who is self-employed and provides service to different companies or firms. A freelance permit allows a freelancer to carry out his or her professional activities without any hassle or government interruption. Here is the procedure to acquire a freelance permit in Dubai Media City:

Step 1: Submit:

  • 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 undermentioned documents, select suitable a commercial space, and then pay the required fee.

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

Step 3: Sign the occupant agreement and collect one's freelance permit.

Documents Required to Set Up a Company in Dubai Media City

  • Application form for company registration
  • License application
  • Business plan
  • Color copy of the passport of manager/director/legal representative
  • Original MOA and AOA
  • Board resolution
  • NOC from residency visa sponsor
  • Proof of share capital
  • Agreement for personnel secondment
  • Managers specimen signature

Registration and License fee

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FAQs

What are the significant activities besides the media business in the DMC free zone?

 

  • Freelancing

  • SME's

  • Startups

  • Large enterprises

How many business companies are in the DMC fee zone?

There are more than 24000 businesses in DMC Free Zone.

When was the Dubai Media City launched?

Dubai Media City was launched in 2001.

Which department managed the works of the DMC free zone?

Technology Electronic Commerce and Media group (TECOM).

What are the different locations in the DMC free zone?

  • Dubai Media City

  • Dubai Studio City

  • Dubai Production City