Set Up Your Company in

Sharjah Media City Free Zone

Established in 2017, Shams Free Zone is known to be one of the youngest, yet, most-sought after Free Zone locations in the UAE. It is known as home to all the media and production enthusiasts across the UAE.

SHAMS is located in Sharjah, an emirate just 30 minutes east of Dubai. It is bordered by 6 of the 7 emirates that make up the UAE. Shams was first established as a hub for media and creative business and has now expanded its range of business in services, consultancy, and trading.

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    Advantages of

    Setting Up Your Business

    in Dubai South

    Prime Location

    Situated between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Direct access to Jebel Ali Sea Port, the biggest airport in the region, and the Al Maktoum Airport, which is set to become the world’s largest airport upon completion.

    Business-friendly Policies

    100% foreign company ownership No restrictions on capital repatriation No currency restrictions No personal income tax Flexible commercial lease terms 9% corporate income tax (where applicable) A 5% standard VAT rate

    Diverse Business Options

    Dubai South comprises seven districts where you can choose to put up your business – Residential District, Commercial District, Logistics District, Aviation District, Humanitarian District, Golf District, and Dubai South Exhibition City.

    Support Services

    Dubai South is one of the free zones that provide best-in-class customer service as well as facilitated business setups and processes for companies to operate under its umbrella. Entrepreneurs looking to start a business in Dubai South can choose from small workspaces, co-working spaces, to warehousing facilities.

    Cost of Company Formation in Sharjah Media

    City Free Zone

    The price for setting up a company in Sharjah Media City Free Zone starts from just AED 6,000.

    The price would differ based on the business activities, number of shareholders, office space requirements, and other factors.

    Receive a cost estimate for your business now!

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    Payment Plans

    with Selected Banks

    Convert your transactions into easy and affordable monthly instalments with our selected range of banking partners. Spend a minimum of AED 1,000 on your credit card issued from any of our participating banks and repay in easy instalments over a period of 12 months.


    Make a minimum purchase of AED 1,000 using your credit card for any services provided by Rapid Zone.

    Call the banking services of any of our partner banks and request to convert your purchase into an Easy Payment Plan.

    Get the option of paying over 3, 6, 9 or 12 months

    *General terms and conditions from the banks will be applicable.

    Types of Licenses Offered

    by DWTC

    There are various types of business licenses offered in DWTC:

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    Trading License

    Allows the import and export of goods within the Shams Free Zone. This includes selling wholesale and retail goods, along with other related services.

    Service License

    Allows services provided by professionals reliant on their skills, talent, and ability.

    Holding License

    Enable standalone or stakes in other companies. It is important to note that you need a holding company for controlling other companies and properties including real estate and other assets.

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    Industrial License

    Allows business activities related to the production and transformation of natural resources into finished goods.

    Requirements for Obtaining a

    a Sharjah Media City Company Setup License


    LLC (Individual Shareholder)

    LLC (Corporate Shareholder)


    Certificate Of Incorporation
    Memorandum & Articles of Association (MoA and AoA)
    Board resolution to establish a new company
    Board resolution to establish a new branch
    Certificate of good standing, valid trade license
    Board resolution giving signatory authorisation or Power of attorney for the third party
    Passport copy of the individual shareholder
    Passport copy of director, Company Secretary
    Passport copy and UAE visa of General Manager

    Steps in Setting Up Your


    in Dubai South

    Setting up your company in Dubai South is easy and straightforward. However, seeking advice from Creative Zone can help you minimize the time and cost needed for company formation.

    Here are the general steps for establishing your company in Dubai South:


    Choose Company Name

    One of the most important things to learn before choosing a company name is to avoid any offensive or blasphemous language. Choosing at least 3 company names would also be helpful in order to avoid delays if that name is already taken by other companies.


    Choose Business Type

    Rapid Zone can help you by giving assistance and advice on what type of business activities and entity type are suited for your Sharjah free zone company setup. You can combine up to 3 business activities under one license.


    Submit Application

    All details, including business activities, name, and supporting documents, must be submitted to the Creative Zone representative, who will complete the process for you and ensure a hassle-free experience.


    Make Payment

    The last step in the Sharjah Media City company set up process is paying for the required fees. Once paid you will receive a payment confirmation and license processing timeline. Usually, it takes within a week to get the free zone trade license issued.