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Set Up a Company in Dubai Maritime City Free Zone

Set Up a Company in Dubai Maritime City Free Zone

The construction of Dubai Maritime City (DMC) Free Zone began in 2007 when the Dubai Maritime City Authority was also enabled by the Ruler of Dubai. The free zone’s construction should have ended in 2012, however, Dubai Maritime City is expanding continuously. Foreign investors interested in opening a company Dubai Maritime City Free Zone should know that it is divided into:

  • the Maritime Center which is dedicated to companies that want head offices in the free zone;
  • the Harbor Offices where maritime companies can set up operations;
  • the Harbor Residence which, as its name says, is destined for residential purposes;
  • the Industrial Precinct where vessels can undergo repairs;
  • the Marina District which serves as a recreational center;
  • the Academic Quarter which was enabled for study purposes.

Our company formation agents in Dubai can offer more information about the main reasons why you should open a company in Dubai Maritime City.

Types of companies in Dubai Maritime City

Foreign investors and companies can set up several types of companies in Dubai Maritime City. Foreign natural persons can register free zone companies and free zone establishments, while foreign companies can set up both types of free zone entities and branch offices.

The main difference between the free zone company and the free zone establishment resides in the number of shareholders and share capital requirements allowed:

  • the free zone company must have at least two and a maximum number of five shareholders and a minimum capital of half-million AED;
  • the free zone establishment must have at least one shareholder and minimum share capital of 1 million AED.

No matter the type of company one decides to register in Dubai Maritime City Free Zone, they must appoint at least two directors and one manager who must be a resident. Corporate managers are not allowed in Dubai Maritime City.

Registering a company in Dubai Maritime City

In order to open a company in Dubai Maritime City, the following documents must be filed with the DMC Authority:

  • copies of the shareholders’ passports;
  • information on the managers and directors;
  • the manager(s)’ CV(s);
  • a lease agreement for the office space;
  • the company’s articles of association;
  • the company’s certificate of registration, in the case of branch offices;
  • power of attorney for the local agent carrying out the company registration process.

Tax benefits in Dubai Maritime City

Not only does the Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) impose no income or corporate taxes to companies operating here, but it also offers many other advantages. Among these, full foreign ownership with the right to freely repatriate any profit or capital made by their companies in Dubai Maritime City. As a world-leading maritime center, Dubai Maritime City was designed for trading companies that are not subject to any taxes when importing products into the free zone. The Dubai Maritime City Authority also provides for no customs duties for companies.

Foreign investors are also allowed to operate other types of companies besides trading ones, which will benefit from the same tax treatment in Dubai Maritime City Free Zone.

Taxation of foreign shareholders in Dubai Maritime City Free Zone

As mentioned before, full foreign ownership is allowed when registering a company in Dubai Maritime City. Both natural persons and corporate entities are may set up companies in Dubai Maritime City without being subject to any taxes. However, taxation may occur in their home countries. Even so, these taxes can be deducted or subject to exemptions provided that they have signed agreements for the avoidance of double taxation with the UAE.

For assistance in setting up a company in Dubai Maritime City Free Zone and the licenses available, please feel free to contact our company registration representatives in Dubai.