Shams Free Zone License

Everything You need to Know About Sharjah Media City Free Zone

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Sharjah Media City (SHAMS Free Zone) is a free zone with a forward-thinking approach that provides specialized facilities where creative and media businesses thrive and prosper in the region. SHAMS aims to be a world-class hub for media and creativity.

Sharjah Media City is a free zone launched in 2017 by His Highness Dr. Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. It is located 15 minutes from Sharjah International Airport and 30 minutes from Dubai International Airport. Its focus is set on creatives and media companies from around 160 countries to thrive and prosper. Shams seeks to provide easy access to creative entrepreneurship and become a world-class center with international standards of infrastructures for creativity and innovation in the UAE, providing low-cost business setup and flexible co-working spaces. Shams also seeks to provide its entrepreneurs with various resources for generating high-quality content.

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Benefit of Shams Free Zone

Shams Free Zone License Packages

There are several license options that you can avail in Sharjah Media City – SHAMS Free Zone; these include a media license, trading license, and freelance license with 1 visa. Multiple visa options are also available.

Media Package

License Only

AED 5,750

Standard Package

License Only

AED 8,050

Freelance Package

License with 1 Visa

AED 15,520

How To Obtain Shams Free Zone License in UAE

Obtaining a license with Shams is quick and easy; you must complete an onboarding form and choose the type of business activity you would like to conduct, then submit the necessary documents like passport copies of owner and shareholders. Get your trade license in just 3 days with the help of Choose UAE.

Our dedicated team of professionals will make sure that you get an optimal customer experience in your business setup in Shams free zone. Enjoy a fast, hassle-free, and end-to-end company formation with Choose UAE.

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Types of


Industrial License

Companies that undertake business activities of industrial nature that requires a warehouse within the UAE, such as production, transformation, and manufacturing of goods.

General Trading License

Companies are allowed to trade a wide range of goods, such as clothing, accessories, and electronics, there is no need for goods to be related to one another, and they can be as diverse as possible.

Professional License

Individuals and companies who provide professional expertise based on their educational qualification; consultancy services, medical services, artisanship, and the likes are the kind of business activities under professional license.

Media License

Companies are allowed to engage in activities under media operations like advertising, marketing, and communication.

Popular Activities in Shams Free Zone


Wholesale & Retail

Services & Consultancy

10 Reasons to Choose Shams Free Zone

Sharjah Media City Free Zone has become an area of attraction to many investors. Acquiring a Shams license brings forth numerous benefits.

Full Business Ownership

Many investors and entrepreneurs prefer free zones like Shams over the mainland because they’re allowed to have complete business ownership. Also, foreign investors do not have to partner with a local to acquire a business license. 

Engage in Numerous Business Activities

Having a Shams license allows you to operate a business within the Sharjah Media City Free Zone for many activities, including e-commerce, marketing consultancies, media services, export, and import, to mention a few.

Zero Import & Export Tax

Shams Free Zone offers 100% tax exemption on imported and exported goods. This tax-free policy encourages investors to invest more.

Strategic Location

Sharjah Media City Free Zone is strategically located in that it is easily accessible from the Dubai and Sharjah international airports.

Zero Corporate Tax

Sharjah Media City Free Zone does not charge corporate tax on an investor who registers their company in the Free Zones, attracting more investors.

Flexible Visa Plans

Shams Free Zone offers adaptable visa packages. For instance, investors in shared desk facilities can apply for a maximum of 6 employee visas. Shams’ visas let the holders sponsor family dependents and members. 

100% Profit Repatriation

Shams Free Zone lets foreign investors repatriate entire investment gains to the native country. Therefore, investors can transfer 100% of their business capital to their home countries. 

Cost-friendly Solutions

Sharjah Media City Free Zone targets to house entrepreneurial talents. As a result, it offers them fair-cost packages to encourage them to start their businesses.

Seamless & Fast Setup Process

Setting up a business in Shams involves a straightforward process. It takes at most 3 days to obtain a business license thanks to the digitization of Shams’ system, eliminating the need for tedious paperwork. 

Wide Range of License Types

Shams Free Zone offers four types of licenses, including a holding license, trading license, industrial license, and service license. You can even expand your company’s area of specialization with one business license at a small fee for each activity added. 


FAQs on Shams Free Zone

An investor can open a subsidiary or branch upon approval by relevant authorities. 

Yes. We accept online payments for your business setup.

Yes. Changing your company type and activities is allowed even after launching your business.

Yes. Shams Free Zone doesn’t need a No Objection Certificate from an existing sponsor.

No. You will have complete business ownership.




No. As an investor, you can get an export or import code from any port in the UAE.

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How Choose UAE Can Help

Choose UAE can provide all the things you need for a company setup with Shams– from choosing the right activity to obtaining the right license, to running your business– we got you covered from A-Z. Launch your own company in Sharjah Media City now!

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Business Formation & Visa Services

Jumpstart your business with no license processing fee and no hidden charges. 

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Startup Foundation

Be prepared for your business launch, start by enhancing your branding and website. Let us help you get your business ready, up, and running once you get your license issued.

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Growth Foundation

Kickstart your business with the experts and get guided through the whole process of branding to help you achieve your goal– to stand out from competition.

Why Choose UAE

Official Partners with Government Authorities

Benefit from our partnership for company licensing and visas to bring all Government Authorities under one umbrella.

Impartial Business Setup Advisory

Get the most out of starting a company that is customized to your business needs.

Transparent & Straightforward Pricing

Avail the lowest prices in the market with no license processing fee and no hidden charges.

Hassle-free, Fast, & Efficient

Enjoy end-to-end and seamless licensing and PRO services with a dedicated account manager and Government relations officers.

Customer-Centric Company

We value your trust, making it our goal to give an optimal customer service experience and unrelenting customer support.

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With a full solution for your company setup— from company licensing, visa services, corporate banking, marketing, web development, and more.

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