Shams launched in 2017 with a vision to be a world-class hub for media and creativity in the region. Shams mission is to make creative entrepreneurship accessible and inspire business growth in the region.

Establishing a company in this Free Zone with us has the following benefits:

About Shams:

Entrepreneurs, SMEs and start-ups are given the access to establish and grow their businesses both locally and globally with Shams Free Zone. Shams offers creative and talented individuals innovative and community centered services and serves as a great venue for setting up and launching businesses.

Shams is located in the Emirate of Sharjah, a region servicing tourism, business and talented individuals with world-class infrastructure, ammenities and services supporting a diverse economy, culture, education and modernity.


At CREATIVE ZONE, we are passionate in assisting entrepreneurs, startups, investors, SMEs in making their dreams of having a business freedom in the UAE a success. From Shams Free Zone licensing to visa applications and permits to banking. Our team of multilingual company registration experts and support team will assist you.

Contact one of our Business Setup Advisors to learn more about how to setup your business in Sharjah and you Shams Free Zone opportunities.


Day 1 - Submit application and make payment for license and immigration card(if applicable)

When do I get my dedicated phone number?

Day 3 - 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 4 - Business License, Certificate of Formation, Share Registry, Memorandum (if applicable), Shared desk facilit (iyf applicable) 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 5 - Business License, Certificate of Formation, Share Registry, Memorandum (if applicable), Shared desk facility (if applicable) and Company Stamp are available for collection at CREATIVE ZONE

When do I get my Visa?

Day 5 - Company Immigration Card application will be submitted to Immigration for processing.

Day 14 - Company Immigration card issued. You may apply for your visa at this point

Day 14 - Complete and submit visa application forms and supporting documents and passport photos to CREATIVE ZONE

Day 22 - Entry Visa issued (Pink Colored Visa) and a copy emailed to you

Should you be outside the country when the visa is issued, please provide us with your flight details so we can drop your visa at Dubai airport for a fee of AED 250.


- If you are outside 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

Day 23 - 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 27 - Proceed to Al Baraha for your Emirates ID Card process followed by your medical test

Day 29 - Collect medical test results from the medical centre 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 35 - Passport is released by Immigration stamped with your Residency Visa. A scanned copy of your Residency Visa will be emailed to you.

Day 36 - Passport available for collection at CREATIVE ZONE

When can I open my Company Bank Account?

Day 5 - Organise meeting with banker armed with your original company documents, passport and company stamp

Please Note:


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.

Upfront Plan Installment Plan
1 Year Pricing
2 Year Pricing
10% Discount
3 Year Pricing
15% Discount
Initial Payment
11 Monthly Installments each
Total on Installment
(0 Visa Allocation)*
New License / Renewal
AED 18,900
AED 34,020
AED 48,195
AED 8,000
AED 1,230
AED 21,530.02
(1 Visa Allocation)
New License / Renewal
AED 24,675
AED 44,415
AED 62,937
AED 8,000
AED 1,886
AED 28,746
(0 Visa Allocation)*
New License / Renewal
AED 15,750
AED 28,350
AED 40,173
AED 8,000
AED 872
AED 17,592.05
(1 Visa Allocation)
New License
AED 21,525
AED 38,745
AED 54,894
AED 8,000
AED 1,528
AED 24,808.02
(0 Visa Allocation)
New License / Renewal
AED 9,450
AED 17,010
AED 24,108
AED 3,675
AED 6,615
AED 9,387
AED 399
AED 399
AED 4,788

*A 0 visa license company does NOT include a company immigration card & Shared desk facility.

*A Commercial & General Trading License cannot downgrade to a Holding Company License.

*A Holding Company License may upgrade to a Commercial & General Trading License by paying the full license fee and license amendment fees in to get a full 12-month license validity once upgraded.

*License amendment fees will apply for upgrade of visa allocation done in the middle of the license year.

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.

Immigration card

  • Immigration Card - AED 1,575 (renewed every 3 years)
    (Mandatory if you have 1 or more visa allocation package)

Investor/Partner Visa

(Visas are valid for 3 years)

Employment Visa

(Visas are valid for 3 years)

**Result is issued within 2 working days (Al Baraha Hospital)

***Result is issued on the same day (Al Karama Medical Fitness Express Service Center)


You will need to submit a medical insurance certificate for each visa applicant within 12 months of the visa application

If you wish to avail our Assistance for the Medical test and Emirates ID card application, please contact us for more information.

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Type of set-up preferred:
Regular Company
Branch of UAE-based Company
Branch of Foreign Company
Estimated Number of Visas required
Proposed Company Names
Brief Business Summary
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