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Dubai Media City

Dubai Media City is the Free Zone cluster in dedicated to the Media and Entertainment industry.

Main Benefits

  • 100% ownership.
  • No tax on corporate gains or personal incomes
  • 100% repatriation of capital and profits
  • Exemption from import and export duties

Dubai Media City is the only global media hub in the region where all media related business thrives together. DMC creates a world-class environment for every kind of media business, which broadly includes media and marketing services, printing and publishing, music, film, new media, leisure and entertainment, broadcasting and information agencies. In this open and flexible environment, you and your company can operate with collective synergy and individual freedom. A free trade, tax-free zone located on the coast of Dubai, the DMC has emerged as a global media hub in the Middle East.

The MENA E&M market is forecasted to grow in the next 5 years at a 16.5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR). Surrounding markets such as Turkey and India also have high E&M market growth rates. These three leading global markets will grow at a higher rate then North American and European markets. The UAE will continue to lead in the MENA region in terms of highest ad spend growth, with a forecasted growth of 11% CAGR from 2010-13.

Dubai Media City is managed by TECOM Investments, which is based in Dubai and is a subsidiary of Dubai Holding. TECOM a recognized leader is a global company dedicated to knowledge and life-improving industries. Dubai Media City is set in the heart of "New Dubai" with the Marina district to the west, Palm Jumeirah to the North and Sheikh Zayed Road to the South.

Dubai Media City is located and operates within the jurisdiction of Dubai Technology & Media Free Zone (DTMFZA). The Free Zone was established in 2000 by a decree and has a distinct legal status in the UAE. Dubai Media City has grown to become a thriving business community hosting both global and regional media companies, since its official inauguration in 2001. Dubai Media City is the only global media hub in the region where all media related business thrives together.

Business Licensing Segments in Dubai Media City

Businesses from the following sectors may apply to become part of the DMC business community:

  • Advertising & Communication
  • Media & Marketing Services
  • Media Support Services
  • Event Management
  • Event Support Services
  • Media Consultancy
  • New Media
  • Business Information
  • Freelancers
  • Association (Non Profit)

Advantages of setting up business - DMC Incentives

Free Zone Status

  • 100% foreign ownership
  • Full repatriation of profits and capital are permitted
  • Guaranteed 50-year exemption from personal, income and corporate taxes
  • Exemption from customs duty for goods and services

Unique Cluster Environment

  • A unique cluster environment where businesses across the industry value chain share a work campus dedicated to their industry, and can interact and collaborate effectively
  • Communities that are anchored by leading global, regional and local names in the industry

World Class Infrastructure

  • State of the art technical and community infrastructure to support and foster the growth of the cluster
  • Metro Ethernet environment
  • Digital voice and high speed data services offered at competitive rates

Business-friendly environment

  • Simplified incorporation process
  • Hassle-free and business-friendly company laws and legal framework
  • One-stop–shop service that provides business partners with a variety of government services, including licensing, visa, traffic and postal services
  • 24-hour visa service
  • Quick access to Knowledge Workers due to fast-track immigration process

Set Up Process in Dubai Media City (DMC)

Setting up a business in Dubai Media City requires planning and decision making through different phases. This involves preparation of comprehensive business plan, choosing suitable infrastructure, estimating required human work force etc. The business registration or licensing process can be completed only after depositing the minimum capital mandated by Dubai Media City in a bank account in UAE. A company being formed may have either an individual shareholder or corporate shareholder or both. The incorporation process requires the shareholders to sign the documents in the presence of DMC authorities.

Types of Legal Entities in Dubai Media City

An individual or a corporate entity can do business in Dubai Media City being registered in any of the following legal forms:

  • Free Zone Limited Liability Company (FZ-LLC)
  • Branch of a Foreign Company, where the applicant is a foreign registered corporate person
  • Branch of a UAE Company, where the applicant is a UAE registered corporate person

An individual can do business in Dubai Media City as a freelancer on being issued a

  • Freelance Permit

Business Infrastructure in Dubai Media City

World Class Infrastructure -

  • State of the art technical and community infrastructure to support and foster the growth of the cluster
  • Metro Ethernet environment
  • Digital voice and high speed data services offered at competitive rates

The office categories include -

  • Commercial Offices – Areas available: 615 sqft to 10,000 sqft
  • Loft Offices - Areas available;
    • Loft A: 811 – 900 sqft
    • Loft B: 1,150 – 1,500 sqft
  • Boutique Villas – Areas available: 5,772 sqft; provide a comprehensive Tenant Design Guideline to aid you in designing a green environmentally friendly office.
  • Business Centers - offers fully furnished, serviced and spacious business units ideal for media professionals looking to operate out of Dubai with maximum ease of doing business.

Big Companies registered in Dubai Media City

Dubai Media City has more than 1,400 companies registered and operating since its launch in 2001, including giants like BBC and Reuters. Key to the UAE media sector achieving tremendous ad spend growth is a strong and continuously improving regulatory environment (DTMFZA). The zone includes over 20 buildings offering premium commercial real estate products in low rise, mid-rise and high rise categories



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