Dubai Maritime City

Setup Business in Dubai Maritime City
Dubai Maritime City

Dubai Maritime City was born out of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in order to make it the world’s first purpose built center for maritime commerce and business. This 227 hectares iconic city aims to capitalize on the strengths of Dubai as regional and global maritime hub to create a dynamic urban life style for the maritime community.

Its free zone authority, Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), has brought about a radical change in the local maritime sector through an extensive range of industry initiatives and regulations which support its ambitious approach to create a safe investment environment for industry leaders from all over the world, while reaffirming Dubai’s position as a first-class international maritime hub.

DMCA aims to build effective and strategic partnerships with relevant government agencies, private businesses and stakeholders in line with its vision to create a safe and vibrant maritime sector and therefore drive economic sustainability and growth in the Emirate. The Authority is keen on expanding its scope of work and laying down effective policies under the highest standards of maritime safety and best environmental practices, in adherence with the local and international laws to develop a safe maritime environment for maritime operations and businesses.

Dubai maritime City Free Zone is divided into six major districts that are Industrial Precinct, Academic Quarter, Marina District, Harbor Residence, Harbor Offices and Maritime Centre. Each district has its own operational responsibility such as the Industrial Precinct, that deals with the repairing of the ships and is a hub for many warehouses and workshops. The Academic Quarter has classes of various fields such as naval sciences and engineering. The Marina District is an amenity district that has restaurants, shopping complexes and others. Also the Harbor Residence is all about accommodation facilities and Harbor Offices is the business center for Dubai Maritime City Free Zone. Lastly, the Maritime Centre is the international hub for global maritime companies.

Dubai Maritime City allows two business categories:

  • Free Zone Limited Liability Company (FZ-LLC): a separate legal entity, with shareholders as individuals and/or corporates. The minimum capital requirement for incorporation depends on the business activity.

  • Branch of Foreign or UAE Company: a legally dependent entity that is part of the parent company. It conducts all or some of the operations inherent in the parent’s business. Share capital is not required.

Areas of Business:

  • Maritime Services

  • Education and Research

  • Management

  • Yatch Manufacture and Repair

Dubai Maritime City Benefits:

  • 100% corporate tax exemption

  • 100% personal income tax exemption

  • 100% foreign company ownership

  • 100% repatriation of capital and profits

  • No taxes on import/export

  • No currency restrictions

  • Proximity to sea port and international airport

  • Abundant energy supply

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