Fujairah Creative City was established in 2005 and is under the chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamad Al Sharqi.
Establishing a company in this Free Zone with us has the following benefits:
Company setup options starting from AED 17,000 per year - we have fully inclusive packages starting from as low as AED 17,000 per year, as well as more comprehensive packages, which include an extensive range of business support services.
Physical presence in the UAE not required to incorporate your new company - the company formation process can be completed from the comfort of your own home via the Free Zone’s simple and quick application process. Furthermore if you already hold a UAE residency visa, we don’t require an NOC from your current sponsor in order to form your new company.
No Paid up Share Capital or Annual Audit - unlike many other Free Zone options, you aren’t hampered by having to block a large share capital amount with your bank in order to form your new company, nor do you have to go through the time and expense of a cumbersome company audit every year to renew your trade license.
All Company Documentation issued within days - thanks to our convenient and simple application process all your new company documentation will be issued within days.
Allocation of 6 UAE Residency Visas - with 6 visas available, you have the flexibility to staff your new company adequately from the outset, and unlike other Free Zone options, the full allocation of 6 visas is available without having to rent large and costly office space.
Day 1 - Submit application forms along with the signed Articles of Incorporation and Lease Agreement (if applicable) to CREATIVE ZONE and make payment)
When do I get my dedicated phone number?
Day 2 - Your dedicated phone number is activated and the details are provided to you by myOffice Business Center along with details of your address
When do I get my Company Incorporation Documents?
Day 3 - Trade License released by the Free Zone and scanned copy of the original will be sent to you via email. You may start operating your Company from this point
Day 4 - Original Trade License, Articles of Incorporation, Certificate of Incorporation, Share Certificate, Lease Agreement (if applicable) and Company Stamp are available for collection at CREATIVE ZONE
When do I get my Visa?
Day 4 - Make payment for Company Immigration Card
Day 9 - Company Immigration card issued. You may apply for your visa at this point
Day 9 - Complete and submit visa application forms and supporting documents and passport photos to CREATIVE ZONE and make payment
Day 18 - Collect your original Pink Colored Entry Visa from CREATIVE ZONE and carry out change of status (In/Out Stamp) either by exiting and re-entering the country i.e. by driving to the Hatta/Oman border (if applicable), or by submitting your passport and payment to CREATIVE ZONE to carry out the same without having to leave the country.
- If the change of status is completed within the 30 day grace period following the cancellation of your previous residency visa or prior to the expiry of your tourist visa or visit visa or visa on arrival, you will not incur any overstay fines.
- Any overstay fines that you may be incurring will continue until you complete the change of status.
- Should you be outside the country when the visa is issued, and are not from one of the 48 countries that are granted a visa on arrival (please contact us for a full list of the same) and are entering the UAE on your new entry visa, which will constitute your change of status, please be sure to contact your airline prior to travelling, as many airlines will need to see a copy of your entry visa prior to travel in order to verify the same and then upload a copy of the visa onto their system, and provide you with an ‘OK to Board’. The same would apply if you are inside the country when the visa is issued, and plan to exit the country with your visa in hand, and then re-enter the UAE by air.
Once you have carried out your change of status you will NOT be able to exit the country until your residency visa process has been completed
Day 21 - Proceed to Al Baraha Hospital or Al Karama Medical Fitness Express Service Center in Dubai for your Emirates ID Card process followed by your medical test - if this is your first visa and first Emirates ID, you will need to carry out your Emirates ID Card process in Fujairah
Day 23 - Collect medical test results from Al Baraha Hospital or Al Karama Medical Fitness Express Service Center and deliver the same to CREATIVE ZONE offices along with your passport, completed signed and stamped original employment contract, Emirates ID Card receipt, entry visa (with change of status stamp) along with 8 alternate passport size photos on white background, all of which will be submitted to Immigration for residency stamping
Day 29 - Passport is released by Immigration stamped with your Residency Visa. A scanned copy of your Residency Visa will be emailed to you.
Day 30 - Passport available for collection at CREATIVE ZONE
When can I open my Company Bank Account?
Day 4 - Organise meeting with banker armed with your original company documents, passport and company stamp
The above timelines correlate to working days not calendar days.
The above timelines are collated based on the average processing times over the previous 3 months and hence are not exact and in reality may be shorter or longer.
Applications are submitted for processing and indicated timelines commence upon realization of payment.
The cut-off time for any application (except visa related applications) to be submitted/received, and payments to be received/released is 1pm, anything received after this time will be considered towards the following working day.
All visa related applications have to be submitted to the Free Zone and Immigration with the original forms signed by the applicant, hence all visa related applications and cleared payments submitted to/received by CREATIVE ZONE at any time (even before 1pm) will always be considered towards the following working day.
Should you choose to cancel or abort your visa process at any stage, or let your entry visa expire or lapse you will not be eligible for any refund - the whole visa process will need to be restarted and a fresh payment made.
During periods in and around Ramadan, days of mourning, Eid and other National and Religious Holidays the indicated timelines are likely to become subject to delays.
Any overstay fines will have to be paid prior to your entry visa being issued - at the time of paying the overstay fines, you will incur an admin fee of AED 250 plus typing fees. Once the fines are paid and the entry visa issued, you MUST do an in country change of status and possible fines would have to be paid from the day the visa is issued until change of status is completed. You will not be able to carry out the change of status by exiting and re-entering the country either by land or air as you will again pay the overstaying fines previously paid.
If you are out of the country when your entry visa is issued, you will need to enter the country on your new entry visa, you will NOT be allowed to enter the country on a tourist visa or visit visa or visa on arrival
In order to maintain your UAE residency, you will need to enter the country at least once every 180 calendar days
Change of status (in/out stamp) would need to be carried out prior to proceeding for your Emirates ID Card.
Should you be outside the country when the visa is issued, and are not from one of the 48 countries that are granted a visa on arrival (please contact us for a full list of the same) and are entering the UAE on your new entry visa, which will constitute your change of status, please be sure to contact your airline prior to travelling, as many airlines will need to see a copy of your entry visa prior to travel in order to verify the sameand then upload a copy of the visa onto their system, and provide you with an ‘OK to Board’. The same would apply if you are inside the country when the visa is issued, and plan to exit the country with your visa in hand, and then re-enter the UAE by air.
Furthermore when you are entering the country on your new entry visa, please ensure you carry out your eye scan at the airport on arrival, and ensure the immigration official stamps the entry visa as well as your passport. Do NOT enter on your e-gate card.
Once you complete your change of status you will NOT be able to travel outside of the UAE until your passport has been stamped with your residency visa.
The Visa process for certain nationalities may be longer than the timelines indicated above.
The labor card is often NOT released at the same time as the passport after residency stamping. If it isn’t released at the same time as the passport after residency stamping, it will be released within 70 calendar days thereafter
For certain nationalities Immigration have been known to request your birth certificate and/or an attested copy of your passport and/or the original passport for sighting prior to approving the issuance of the entry visa
Should you have a visa application under process and wish to travel in and out of the UAE, and are a national of one of the 48 countries who are granted visit visas on arrival, please contact us before re-entering the UAE, as if your visa application has cleared security approval, you may have to wait until your new employment visa has been issued and to re-enter the UAE using the same.
Even if your place of birth and nationality isn’t from one of the restricted countries but your name is deemed to have originated from one of those countries, you will experience delays in both your Immigration Card and visa release.
On occasion delays may be caused at Residency Visa stamping stage, due to ‘un-cleared previous visit visas’ this can occur when a national of one of the 48 countries granted a visit visa on arrival may have previously entered the UAE at one entry point i.e. Abu Dhabi airport and exited from another i.e. Dubai Airport etc and the exit hadn’t been updated in the Immigration system.
Timeline for passport and Emirates ID issuance remains the same, even if assistance for medical test and Emirates ID application is provided. This does not expedite the Emirates ID and passport stamping process.
Please note the Original Company Immigration Card is retained by the Free Zone
If you have lost/surrendered your Emirates ID and don't have a copy of both sides, kindly submit a copy of your passport with the previous visa and 1 passport sized photo to an authorized Emirates ID Authority Typing Centre. They will then forward the same to the Emirates ID Authority with a request to obtain your previous Emirates ID Card number which will be required in order to type the Emirates ID Card renewal application. The response time for obtaining the previous Emirates ID Card number from the Emirates ID Authority normally takes less than 1 business day.
Your Trade License start date will be day 1 of the timeline.
If any of the Shareholders and/or General Manager cannot personally be present in the UAE to open the company Bank Account, an attested Board Resolution and/or Power of Attorney from all of the absent Shareholders and/or General Manager will need to be submitted in order to complete the bank account opening procedure. Please contact us for drafts and further details on the same.
LICENSE AND SUPPORT SERVICE COSTS:
Please note that the below costs pertain solely to your company licensing and support service costs only, they do not include any other products or services i.e. visas etc.
1 Year Pricing
2 Year Pricing 10% Discount
3 Year Pricing 15% Discount
11 Monthly Installments each
Total on Installment
COMPANY ONLY (1 individual shareholder* - No Visas or Labor Cards or Lease Agreement or Immigration Card)
New License / Renewal
COMPANY ONLY (More than 1 and up to 4 individual shareholders* - No Visas or Labor Cards or Lease Agreement or Immigration Card)
New License / Renewal
COMPANY PLUS (1 individual shareholder* - 1 Visa Allocation)
New License / Renewal
FREELANCER (1 to 3 Visa Allocation)
BABY BUSINESS (1 to 6 Visa Allocation)
* If you would like to have more than 4 shareholders in a company only license you will need to pay AED 2,200 per additional shareholder. The maximum number of shareholders is 50.
* For a company plus license, 1 visa allocation can be applied to a shareholder or an employee.
* Shareholders of a company only license can only be individuals - no corporate shareholders are permitted.
* Furthermore under the company license option, you will NOT be able to opt for any “Publishing”, “Education” or “Training” related business activities.
* Under this option, all shareholders need to be individuals
* All shareholders under this option need to either hold a valid UAE residence visas OR be a national of any of the 46 countries who are granted visas on arrival OR be a national of a European country OR be a national of a South East Asian Country OR be a national of a South American Country (excluding Cuba) OR be a national of a country in the Indian Sub Continent (excluding Pakistan) OR be a national of a Caribbean country - please contact us for further information and full lists, as the situation remains fluid in these cases. Nationals of any other country, not holding a valid UAE residence visa, will need to apply for a pre-approval.
Visa related costs
Please note that the below immigration and visa related costs are in addition to the costs outlined above - they are not included in the pricing outlined above.
(Visas are valid for 3 years)
Residency Visa - AED 5,082
Employment contract - AED 378
Work Permit/Labor Card (issued at time of Residency Visa Stamping) - AED 630 *
Emirates ID Card - AED 371.50 (payable directly to the ID Card Center)
Medical Test - AED 302.50** or AED 857.50*** (payable directly to the Medical Center - see below for more details))
Change of status - AED 903
* Please note that Work Permit/Labor Card can only be applied for in conjunction with a residency visa, it cannot be applied to independently
** result is issued within 2 working days (Al Baraha Hospital)
*** result is issued on the same day (Al Karama Medical Fitness Express Service Center)