SHAMS FREE ZONE

Shams was 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:

Timelines:

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

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 1 - Business License, Certificate of Formation, Share Registry, Memorandum (if applicable), Shared desk facility (if applicable) released by the Free Zone and scanned copies will be sent to you via email. You may start operating your Company from this point. Pre-approval commences at this stage.

When do I get my Visa?

Day 13 - Pre-approval is granted. Company Immigration Card application will be submitted to Immigration for processing.

Day 15 - Company Immigration card issued. Make payment to CREATIVE ZONE for E-Channel Registration.

Day 17  - Trade License/Immigration Card is registered with the E-Channel system.

Day 17  - Complete and submit visa application forms and supporting documents and passport photos to CREATIVE ZONE.

Day 27 - Print your colored Electronic Entry Visa and carry out the 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 make a  payment to CREATIVE ZONE to carry out the same without having to leave the country.

Notes:

Once you have carried out your change of status you will NOT be able to exit the country until your residence visa is stamped on the passport.

Day 31 - Proceed to Al Baraha for your Emirates ID Card process followed by your medical test.

Day 32 - Collect medical test results from the medical centre and deliver the same to CREATIVE ZONE office along with your passport, completed signed and stamped original employment contract, Emirates ID Card receipt, entry visa (with change of status stamp), along with either a medical insurance certificate or the signed undertaking letter for medical insurance, all of which will be submitted to Immigration for residency stamping.

Day 39 - Passport is released by Immigration stamped with your Residency Visa. A scanned copy of your Residency Visa will be emailed to you.

Day 40 - Your passport is available for collection at CREATIVE ZONE.

When can I open my Company Bank Account?

Day 1 - Organise a meeting with banker armed with your original company documents, passport and company stamp.

Please note:

LICENSE AND SUPPORT SERVICE COSTS:

Please note that the below costs pertain solely to your company licensing, immigration card, and support service costs only, they do not include any other products or services i.e. visas etc.

 
New License / Renewal
  GENERAL TRADING LICENSE
(0 Visa Allocation)*
Shams License Fee
AED 16,500
CZ Fee
AED 2,100
Total
AED 18,600
  GENERAL TRADING LICENSE
(1 Visa Allocation)
Shams License Fee
AED 23,275
CZ Fee
AED 3,150
Total
AED 26,425
  COMMERCIAL LICENSE 
(0 Visa Allocation)*
Shams License Fee
AED 11,500
CZ Fee
AED 2,100
Total
AED 13,600
  COMMERCIAL LICENSE
(1 Visa Allocation)
Shams License Fee
AED 18,275
CZ Fee
AED 3,150
Total
AED 21,425
  HOLDING COMPANY *
(0 Visa Allocation)
Shams License Fee
AED 8,000
CZ Fee
AED 1,050
Total
AED 9,050
  SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCER PACKAGE
License and National Media Council (NMC) permit

 

(Processing timeline is 2 working days)
AED 13,000
Flexible installment options available. Please contact us for more information.
PREMIER PACKAGE
Upfront Plan Installment Plan
1 Year Pricing
2 Year Pricing
up to 10% Discount
3 Year Pricing
up to 15% Discount
Initial Payment
11 Monthly Installments each
Total on Installment
AED 3,675
AED 6,615
AED 9,371
AED 399
AED 399
AED 4,788
BUSINESS STARTER PACKAGE
Upfront Plan
1 Year Pricing
2 Year Pricing
up to 10% Discount
3 Year Pricing
up to 15% Discount
AED 2,250
AED 4,050
AED 5,740
MAIL MANAGEMENT PACKAGE
Upfront Plan
1 Year Pricing
2 Year Pricing
up to 10% Discount
3 Year Pricing
up to 15% Discount
AED 756
AED 1,450
AED 1,930
Notes:

Visa related costs

Please note that the below visa related costs are in addition to the costs outlined above - they are not included in the pricing outlined above.

E-Channel Registration

  • Refundable Deposit – AED 5,000* 
  • Registration Fee – AED 2,150** 
  • Total E-Channel Fee – AED 7,150

*Will be refunded at the time of license cancelation 

**Renewed annually at AED 1,150

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 Centre)

Notes:

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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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