Dubai Media City

Dubai Media City (DMC)  was launched in January 2001 to establish Dubai as the region’s leading media hub including news agencies, publishing, online media, advertising, production and broadcast facilities.

It is managed by Technology Electronic Commerce and Media group (TECOM), which is a part of Dubai Holding.

TECOM free zone authority manages 11 free zones, referred to as “business communities”. Dubai Media City is one of them.

It provides an advanced infrastructure and supportive environment for media-related businesses to operate globally out of Dubai. It is one of the most prestigious places of company registration in Dubai.


Dubai Media City free zone offers a variety of facilities that you can choose from to satisfy your needs, including:

  • Commercial spaces
  • Boutique studios
  • In5 centers
  • D/Quarters
  • Light industrial units
  • Warehouses
  • Sound stages

Keep in mind that to open a company in DMC, you need to rent a premise within this free zone, whether it is a co-working space or a warehouse depending on your company’s business activity and size.


Dubai Media City offers a wide range of business activities, catering to the diverse needs of the media and communication industry. Whether you are involved in advertising, marketing, event management, or media consultancy, Dubai Media City provides the ideal platform to thrive and grow your business.

The main groups of business activities permitted in Dubai Media City include:

  • Advertising & Communication
  • Media and Marketing Services
  • Event Management
  • Media and Marketing Consultancy
  • New Media
  • Media Association (Non-Profit) and others.

In addition to these exciting business opportunities, Dubai Media City also offers Freelance permit options. Freelancers can operate under the TECOM authority within Dubai Media City, enabling them to work independently and establish their professional identity.

The freelance permit allows you to operate under your birth name rather than a brand name, positioning you as a sole practitioner in your field. Furthermore, Dubai Media City freelance visa permits you to reside in the UAE and sponsor your family, providing a comprehensive solution for freelancers seeking stability and growth.

Explore the endless possibilities of Dubai Media City and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit in one of the most dynamic media and communication hubs in the world. For more information on freelance options, visit Freelance Visa in the UAE.


The registration process for your company in Dubai Media City depends on the chosen business entity type.

Here is a list of the initial documents required:

  1. Business Plan
  2. Passport
  3. Personal bank statement for the last 3 months (required for Lebanese and Syrian Nationals)

The DMC registration process involves several stages:

  1. Initial approval: 5 days
  2. Leasing of an office
  3. Payment
  4. Registration: 6 days


If you are not present in Dubai, your representative can handle the company renewal process. The procedure includes:

  1. Renewal of the office lease
  2. Renewal of the license

After the company renewal, it is important to inform your bank about the license extension. You need to bring the license to any branch of your bank. Business consultants in Dubai can assist you in this process.


Dubai Media City offers various visa packages based on the type of office space chosen. Visa packages can range from 1 visa to 100 or more for warehouses. Once the business license is issued, the resident visa process is straightforward and involves:

  1. Establishment card of the company
  2. Entry permit
  3. Status adjustment
  4. Medical test
  5. Emirates ID
  6. Resident Visa Stamping in the passport

Sponsorship of dependents

To sponsor dependents under your visa, you will need the following documents:

  1. Marriage certificate (attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of UAE and legally translated to Arabic)
  2. Birth certificate (for your child) – (attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of UAE and legally translated to Arabic)
  3. Tenancy contract for an apartment in UAE

As the name suggests, Dubai Media City is home to media-related industries. Media and advertising companies in this free zone have the opportunity to present their products, services and interact with some of the best international marketing, entertainment, and advertising companies and many regional media companies.

It is advisable for those nationalities that are considered as high-risk ones (Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Algeria, Turkey, etc) to do Dubai free zone company formation here as they do not encounter difficulties in obtaining resident visas or opening a bank account.

Freelancers and independent media professionals are not left out in this free zone. They have the advantage of registering their freelance permit here with a 1 visa package. They get to enjoy the many business facilities as well as a prestigious office address and location.

For those that would like to have their business set-up done remotely, Dubai Media City is not the best option as your personal presence is required for company establishment. In this case the alternative option would be Ajman Media City (AMC).

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