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Dubai Maritime Authority City (DMCA)


For centuries, Dubai has attracted the interest of seafarers and global traders because of its strategic placement between Europe and Asia and witnessed the subsequent emergence as a happening trading center in 1833 when a trading port was set up in the city. A part of the Dubai World Group of companies, Dubai Maritime City (DMC) holds the distinction of being the world's first strategically-built maritime centre that has been created not only to cater to the requirements of the maritime sector, but also to provide a world-class environment for the global maritime community and act as a platform for networking and integration of different maritime businesses and services, adding extra value to the entire maritime community. The main regulatory body of DMC, was created in 2007 to develop, monitor, and promote maritime activities. It aims for the maritime community to have a dynamic urban lifestyle.

The DMC structure is made up of 6 strategic locations:

  • - It is set up as the main business center for local and international maritime companies
  • - The industrial precinct where vessels can undergo repairs
  • - The academic quarter is designed as a study center
  • - The marina district which serves as a recreational center
  • - The harbor residence for residential purposes
  • - The harbor offices for maritime businesses to set up their firm

Benefits of Setting Up a Business in DMC

  • - 100% foreign company ownership
  • - 100% repatriation of capital and profits
  • - 100% tax exemption on corporate and personal income
  • - Exemption from all import and export duties
  • - Abundant and inexpensive energy
  • - Inexpensive and educated multicultural workforce and simple recruitment procedures
  • - Plentiful financial incentives
  • - Efficient corporate infrastructure
  • - 'One-stop-shop' administration process
  • - Vibrant networking atmosphere, business-friendly climate, and excellent logistics matrices
  • - On-site customers inspection
  • - Flexibility for companies to operate 24 hours a day in the free zone

Types of Entities Allowed in DMC

1. Free Zone Establishment (FZE)

In a Free Zone Establishment, just 1 shareholder is allowed.

2. Free Zone Company (FZC)

In a Free Zone Company, 2 to 5 shareholders are allowed.

3. Branch Office

A branch office is a dependent company whose business is carried out in the name of the parent company and whose legal status and obligations are same as those of its parent company as well.

Types of Business Licenses Available in DMC

1. Marine Crafts License

For foreign and local companies to build and use vessels in accordance with international maritime standards.

2. Maritime Commercial License

For companies engaged in maritime activities in Dubai and individuals who engage in recreational activities in Dubai waters

3. Maritime Operation Services License

For companies operating in waste management in sea water.

4. Maritime Education and Research License

For entities into the field of education and research in maritime affairs.

5. Commercial License

A commercial is required to be obtained by companies and individuals involved in general maritime activities.

Why Set Up a Business in DMC?

Business setup in Dubai Maritime City is dream come true for anyone associated with the worldwide maritime industry as it is built on well-established maritime traditions and manifests supreme levels of excellence in terms of administration, corporate structuring, government policies, infrastructure, and unmatched incentives for investors. Additionally, existing maritime businesses in DMC free zone attract more international clients as it benefits from the growing tourism inflow in the Middle East, the presence of a cosmopolitan population, and the economic diversity of Dubai.

Business setup in Dubai Maritime City free zone is bound by a set of pre-defined rules and regulations related to employment, business licensing, registration, dispute resolution, etc. that need to be followed as specified by the DMC laws. Process for company incorporation gets easy if you are well aware of the procedures, and how to contact the relevant authorities. Getting in touch with a reliable business partner helps you set up your business with ease, as they take care of the entire business setup responsibility without your having to worry about the bureaucratic red tape and expansive company formation formalities.

Contact us to set up your business in Dubai Maritime Authority City, our team will be glad to assist you!

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