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Dubai Maritime City Free Zone

Updated on Wednesday 24th May 2017

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Dubai Maritime City Free Zone (DMC) is a member of the Dubai World Group, is one of Dubai’s newest free zone sand encompasses six districts. Foreign investors wanting to open a company in Dubai are advised to take into consideration DMC as it offers numerous advantages and several types of companies to choose from.

Dubai Maritime City Free Zone districts

DMC incorporates six districts:


  • -        the Industrial Precinct that is the ship repairs center of the free zone and the home for more than 100 workshops and warehouses;
  • -        the Academic Quarter that includes engineering, transportation and naval science classes;
  • -        the Marina District that includes restaurants, shopping centers and other entertainment services;
  • -        the Harbor Residence includes accommodation facilities and land plots for real estate development;
  • -        the Harbor Offices is the DMC’s business center;
  • -       the Maritime Centre is the main attraction in the DMC as it was set up to serve as the international network for maritime companies.

Find out from the video below how to open a company in Dubai Maritime City Free Zone:

Types of companies in Dubai Maritime City Free Zone

Company registration in Dubai Maritime City is possible for foreign investors and they can choose to open:

The characteristics for setting up a company in Dubai Maritime City Free Zone are the following:

  • -        free zone establishments require at least one shareholder, while free zone companies require at least two and at most five shareholders;
  • -        the minimum share capital for a Dubai FZE is 1 million AED and 500,000 AED for a Dubai FZCO; the share capital must be fully paid upon incorporation;
  • -        both types of companies require at least two directors and a maximum number of five directors and a manager who must be a natural person,
  • -        the shareholder or shareholders must live in the free zone or appoint a representative through power of attorney.

Documents required for company incorporation in Dubai Maritime City Free Zone

In order to set up a company in Dubai Maritime City Free Zone, the company’s articles of association must be submitted together with a statement issued by the management board with the resolution for the incorporation of the company, passport copies and powers of attorney for the company’s directors, manager and secretary, a specimen signature and bank letter stating the share capital has been deposited.

In order to incorporate a branch office, the articles of association of the parent company must be submitted along with a passport copy, specimen signature and a power of attorney for the company’s manager. A statement issued by the company’s management board with the resolution for establishing the branch office will also be required.

Licensing in Dubai Maritime City Free Zone

There are several types of licenses for company incorporation in Dubai Maritime City Free Zone:

-        maritime services license,

  • -        management license,
  • -        education and research license,
  • -        yacht manufacture and repair license.

The most recent types of licenses introduced by the Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) are the marine crafts, maritime operation services and the commercial license.

The marine crafts license allows foreign and local companies to build and use vessels in accordance with international maritime standards.

The maritime operation services license was enabled for companies operating in the waste management industry. These companies can supply integrated waste management, air emissions and ballast water solutions.

The commercial license is granted to both companies and individuals involved in general maritime activities which do not require special permits.

Advantages of establishing a company in Dubai Maritime City Free Zone

The Dubai Maritime City Authority provides employment visa services and companies can also benefit from:

  • - tax exemptions on profits, capital gains,
  • - full foreign ownership of the company,
  • - no customs duties for trading activities,
  • - administrative support,
  • - tax free repatriation of the capital and profits.

If you want to open a company, you can contact our company formation agents in Dubai and ask all the relevant details about foreign investments.



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