Dubai Media City

About Dubai Media City

Dubai Media City (DMC) is the largest media and content hub in the region. It is home to some of the most prominent international names in media, including CNN, Sony, and Forbes. Established in 2001, the free zone has become a global hub hosting companies from over 140 nations. The free zone specializes in all media and marketing related activities such as broadcasting, filmmaking, printing, publishing, and music. Dubai Media City provides its investors with comprehensive infrastructure as well as a range of leisure facilities. These features provide creative thinkers with an environment in which they can thrive. Dubai Media city is also associated with Dubai Studio and Production city.

Why choose DMC

Various networking opportunities with like-minded individuals through regular events including exhibitions, workshops, and conferences

Purpose-built infrastructure to facilitate all media and advertising-related activities

Several government services are available such as obtaining a license and postal services

100% foreign ownership and repatriation of capital

Corporate and income tax exemptions

A range of entertainment venues and office solutions including boutique studios and commercial offices

A well-connected strategic location which is also close to Dubai Airport

Fast and convenient immigration process with a 24-hour visa service

Laws and regulations promote media-related business activities

Type of licenses for Dubai Media City Company formation

Business License – Allows the company to conduct commercial activities related to media and marketing. Dubai Media City provides a license for all related business activities.

Freelancer permits – for all freelance activities

Types of company structures

FZ Limited Liability Company

  • A minimum of AED 50,000 share capital is required.
  • Shareholders can be an individual or a corporation.

Branch of a local or foreign Company

  • Business activities of the Branch must be similar to the parent company.
  • No minimum capital requirement


  • For all freelance activities

Dubai Media City company set up in three easy steps

At LegalWorks we will assist you in every step of the Dubai Media City company formation process from the document collection for initial approval to payment of registration and license fees. We hope to make the entire process easy and straightforward for you.

1. Apply for initial approval

Our team of specialists will take you step by step through the initial approval process. We will assist you in determining the license required according to your business activity and the company structure best suited to your needs. Once this is decided we will help you select and register the company tradename. The initial approval requires the submission of a few documents such as the business plan, passport copy, certificate of incorporation, and registration fee.

2. Submit your online application

Once you have received the initial approval, then the license registration process for Dubai Media City company set up can begin, and the required documents submitted. The documents needed for the license include Memorandum and Articles of Association, a comprehensive business plan, Emirates ID, and NOC from the resident visa sponsor.

3. Payment and collection of license

Our team will assist you in the payment of license fees. The approximate cost for a DMC license is AED 15,000 but can vary slightly according to the nature of the activity. Once the payment is processed, you will receive your license and can begin running your business

Post licensing

Our DMC company formation services include post licensing assistance as well. Once you have received your license, you can begin the visa process and rent an office space for your newly formed company. DMC offers a range of office options to its companiel.  For example, companies can rent a boutique villa for approximately AED 140 per sq ft. Similarly, companies can rent a commercial office with AED 160 per sq ft. Our team can take you through all office options available and help you choose the right one for your company and number of employees.

Office type  Business Center – Exclusive Desk Business Center – Executive furnished office Commercial unfitted office Boutique  Warehouse
size  flexi desk 200 sqft 700 sqft and above 3800 sqft and above 8000 sqft and above 
cost  35,000 AED + 5,000 AED deposit 97,500 AED + 10,000 AED deposit 160 AED/ sqft  140 AED/ sqft + DEWA AED 45.00/ sq. ft + DEWA
visa  2 5 1 visa/80sqft 1 visa/80sqft 1 visa/120sqm

Cost of company set up in DMC

Team up with LegalWorks to avail our company formation services in Dubai and experience the best DMC has to offer. We will assist you in every step of the company formation process.

Initial approval  AED 3520
License fee AED 15,020
Visa fee New Visa AED 4,182 (Normal)

New Visa AED 4,700 (Express)

Transfer Visa AED 3,750

Establishment Card AED 1,980.00
Share Capital – not applicable for branch set up AED 10,000
Visa security deposit AED 2,500.00/person

Get in Touch