Dubai Studio City Free Zone

Launched in the year 2005, Dubai Studio City is one among the several media-driven, capitalized initiatives made by the Dubai Holding Subsidiary TECOM Investments. Also called DSC free zone, it offers the right combination of planned infrastructure, talent pool, and a dynamic business environment to support the growth of broadcast, movie, television and music production companies in the Middle East region. It is spread across 22 million sq. ft and features pre-built studios, sound stages, warehouses, workshops, office spaces, latest satellite communication facilities, stage areas, etc.

As is already known, Dubai’s picturesque infrastructure attracts people, and specifically artists, from all around the world. The city also hosts the annual Dubai Global Movie Festival, which was started back in the year 2004. The city’s one-stop shop provides services to filmmakers, producers and crews, enabling efficient and hassle-free filming in Dubai.

Benefits of Setting Up a Business in DSC Free Zone

  • Zero income tax
  • Zero corporate tax
  • Zero restriction on currency
  • Zero trade barriers and quotas
  • 100% foreign ownership
  • 100% repatriation of profits and capital
  • Best amenities for media companies
  • High-end technology usage
  • Excellent residential areas and schools for expat families

Activities in DSC Free Zone

  • Animation
  • Broadcast services
  • Radio station-satellite
  • IP streaming
  • TV network-satellite
  • Film support service
  • Music and entertainment
  • Production (TV, film, and radio)
  • Themed amusement and recreational activities

Types of Entities Allowed in DSC Free Zone

  • Free Zone Limited Liability Company (FZ-LLC)
  • Branch office
  • Freelancer

Types of Licenses in DSC Free Zone

  • Commercial license
  • Freelance permit

How to Set Up a Business in DSC Free Zone?

Companies getting free zone registration for Dubai Studio City are entitled to many benefits. Not just zero tax and customs duty, they also get full support from the Dubai government in various services such as venue management, networking opportunities and industry building. The procedure to set up a business in this free zone is the same like in any other free zone. To incorporate a business in Dubai Studio City free zone, you need to have a license from any of the above-mentioned licenses. A procedure should be followed to get the license, which is as follows:

Procedure to Set Up a Business in DSC Free Zone

  1. Submit the application for approval
  2. Submit legal documents for registration of the company
  3. Sign and return Customer Confirmation Letter and make payment
  4. Sign the Memorandum and Articles of Association (MAA)
  5. Deposit a share capital
  6. Sign the lease and personnel sponsorship agreement
  7. Pay fees and collect the license

Documents Required to Set Up a Business in DSC Free Zone

  • Application for license
  • Original resolution – on plain paper, 2 copies stating the following:
  1. Calling for the establishment of an FZ-LLC/branch in Dubai Studio City
  2. Appointing manager and assigning power of attorney for manager and directors (if applicable)
  3. Indicating paid-up capital and share allocation between the shareholders
  4. Appointment of directors (if applicable)
  • Copy of business plan
  • Valid passport copy of
  1. the manager
  2. the shareholders and directors
  3. of the negotiator/legal representative, if applicable
  • Original bank reference letter for each shareholder, confirming the following:
  1. Type of account and how long it has been active
  2. That the account has been conducted to the bank’s satisfaction
  • Specimen signature of the
  1. manager
  2. shareholders/directors
  3. negotiator/legal representative, if applicable

License Fee

Particulars Cost in AED
Registration fees 3,500
Broadcasting (TV and Radio station) 25,000
Broadcasting (TV & Radio Network) 40,000
Other 3,500

Why Set Up a Business in DSC Free Zone?

Dubai Studio City houses several renowned offices and studios of film makers such as the Film Studio City, VST Music, The Goldmine Films, Tarteeb Media, Take One Dubai, Logic Creative, and many more. Dubai’s vision to emphasize on innovation and creativity, and provide equal opportunities to amateurs as well as fledging filmmakers, makes this free zone different from the others. Because when you are into the entertainment business, inspiration is important, and Dubai Studio is one of the most inspiring communities in Dubai.

Setting up a business in Dubai, especially Dubai Studio City, can be an overwhelming process for the uninitiated, but a business consultant can make this process easier, smooth, and stress-free. We at Commitbiz aim to simplify the business license and business registration process for entrepreneurs seeking to start a business in Dubai in an efficient and effective way. Our team of business advisors, with over a decade of experience in executing legal processes and handling documentation, is fully dedicated to helping in your business set up the process at every step. Contact us today, even it’s for a friendly advice.