Dubai Media City is an enclave of 25 buildings hosting media companies, television stations, radio stations, magazine and newspaper companies as well as advertising agencies.
Companies such as MBC, Reuters, and Sony all have offices in the Dubai Media City and expansion to the UAE is seen a critical part of many multinationals development in the Middle East.
It was created in 2000 as a centre for media companies and industry professionals to work in one area to collaborate and co-oordinate their activities in the UAE. Dubai Media City is a member of the Dubai Holding Group (owned by the UAE Government).
The city encourages entrepreneurs to set up companies in the area to promote media activities of the UAE by way of a start-up fee of 50,000 DHS.
The Growth of Dubai Media City has been phenomenal with an initial seed number of 99 Companies in 2001 which has been growing 20-30 percent year on year.
A full list of incentives can be found on the Media City Incentives page.
The DTMFZA (Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority is the department registering companies in Media City and ensures all processes are followed. The most popular licence option for companies is LLC but you can set yourself up as a freelancer if you want (but this is more expensive long term.)
You can join Dubai Media City with start-up capital of 50,000 DHS. The Dubai Media City company can create this for you.
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There are many companies based in Dubai Media City – search for the company you want to work for on LinkedIn and go through the guide.
There are 3 types of company you can register.
You will need:
Submission of Legal documents to the Dubai Media City Authority is required:
At this stage, all documents are submitted and payment is arranged with Dubai Media City Freezone Authority. Thereafter a licence is granted and operations can begin.
What kind of Companies can join Media City?
If you require a professional company for business setup, we recommend using Charterhouse Lombard for Business setup for reliability.
However you can also register the company yourself without a company but it could take longer as certain processes may have legal implications depending on your company activities.