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Important Information

  • All procedures, timelines and costs are valid at the time of going to print, however may become subject to change without notice.
  • Company documentation (Trade Licenses etc.) are issued from Dubai Design District (d3), and Visas are issued from Dubai Immigration.
  • The documents, when applying to register a new company with Dubai Design District (d3), (i.e. application forms and passport copies), need to be submitted directly to the Creative Zone in person or via courier or online.
  • All document clearing and document processing tasks pertaining to your applications (Trade License, visas etc) are carried out by our office in Dubai.
  • Payments for all applications should be made to our office in Dubai or via bank transfer, or bank deposit (cheque or cash).
  • Any payments handed over at our Dubai office are a drop off point only, all receipts and invoices will be issued from our office in Fujairah.
  • Any payments received by CREATIVE ZONE towards any product or service are non-refundable unless agreed otherwise. This condition is valid even if the payment received isn’t for the full amount of the service or product subscribed for and/or the customer has yet to provide CREATIVE ZONE with all the correct documentary requirements for said product or service and/or their application is rejected by the licensing authority for any reason.
  • Please note the prices quoted in this proposal are specific to the products and services mentioned, they do not include any ancillary services i.e. driving license transfers, liquor license, dependents visas etc - please contact us if you would like pricing and procedures for the same.
  • If the company you are setting up is a branch of a company or partially or fully owned by another company, at the time of opening the company bank account you will be required to submit a current attested Certificate of Incumbency and a current attested Certificate of Good Standing.
  • Companies registered with Dubai Design District (d3), part of Fujairah Media; are permitted to carry out business activities with companies within the Free Zone or with companies within other Free Zones in the UAE or with companies outside the UAE. Should the company wish to conduct business with Government entities or local companies within the UAE they should either establish a local branch office or transact through a local commercial agent.
  • The CREATIVE ZONE package (Support Services and company registration) is valid for one year starting from the commencement date on the Trade License and both must be renewed annually.
  • The contact details provided at the time of the application (phone number, email address etc) will be the contact details used by CREATIVE ZONE and the business centre to contact you - if at any time you would like to change, add, amend your contact details you will need to submit the new details to us in writing in original, an email or phone call won’t suffice.
  • The default share capital amount for an FZ LLC company will be AED 50,000 and AED 100,000 - these amounts cannot be changed to a higher or lower amount.
  • The Memorandum and Articles for your company cannot be edited, amended or expanded upon
  • Your residency visa and those of your employees and dependents are valid for 3 years, please note that you will not be sent any reminder from CREATIVE ZONE prior to the expiry of the residency visas, you will need to contact CREATIVE ZONE yourselves at least 30 working days before the residency visas expire to commence the renewal process.
  • If you will be applying for visas under the company, you will need to open a company bank account and make monthly salary payments from your company bank account. All employees under the company will need to open personal bank accounts as well.
  • With regard to the introduction to the bank representative by CREATIVE ZONE, this is an introductory service only and CREATIVE ZONE aren’t involved in the process beyond the introduction. After the introduction it is for the client to liaise with the bank representative directly and satisfy the requirements of the bank in order to successfully have their account opened.
  • If any of the Shareholders and/or General Manager cannot personally be present in the UAE to open the company Bank Account, an attested Board Resolution and/or Power of Attorney from all of the absent Shareholders and/or General Manager will need to be submitted in order to complete the bank account opening procedure. Please contact us for drafts and further details on the same.
  • In order to keep your company bank account active, you will need to visit your bank annually with your original renewed trade License and present it to the bank for sighting, this must be carried out on or before the expiry date of your current Trade License.
  • Please note the word ‘Dubai’, ‘Abu Dhabi’, ‘Sharjah’, ‘RAK’, ‘Ras Al Khaimah’, ‘Ajman’, ‘Fujairah’, ‘Umm Al-Quwain’, ‘UAE’, and ‘Emirates’ can NOT be used in Company Names, neither can the words ‘Islam’ or ‘Islamic’ or words related to any religion. The words ‘Import’ or ‘Export’ also cannot be used.
  • If you are planning to open a branch or subsidiary of another Free Zone or Offshore company registered in the UAE you will require a NOC from the relevant licensed authority.
  • You will be required to settle upfront in full any pending instalments at the time of cancellation of your license. Furthermore you will need to pay AED 5,000 to cancel the Trade license and up to AED 2,000 to cancel each employment visa and related dependent visas under the company. Please note the above is applicable providing all cancellations take place during the Trade License validity period - should any of the above take place after the Trade License has expired, late fees will also be incurred. You will also need to return to CREATIVE ZONE all your original company formation documents even if they are expired, so please don’t destroy or misplace any of these documents as otherwise you will need to submit a police report and pay an additional AED 2,000 at the time of cancellation.
  • If you have opted to take an additional activity on your company license, you will be charged the same amount for the additional activity in subsequent years as you paid in Year 1.
  • In order to setup your company, you will need to submit entry stamps OR residency visa copies OR cancelled visa copies for all shareholders and the ‘person in charge’.
  • If you are out of the country when your entry visa is issued, you will need to enter the country on your new entry visa, you will NOT be allowed to enter the country on a tourist visa or visit visa or visa on arrival
  • Should you choose to cancel or abort your visa process at any stage, or let your entry visa expire or lapse you will not be eligible for any refund - the whole visa process will need to be restarted and a fresh payment made.
  • Directors under the company need to be appointed via a Board/Shareholder Resolution, please contact us for a draft of the same
  • If you or any of the shareholders or the person in charge have previously been marked as banned or absconded by current/previous employer OR have a previous or ongoing court case, OR have a previous or ongoing police matter, OR have a previous or ongoing bank matter OR can outline any other reason why a government application may not be successfully granted please outline the same in writing to a CREATIVE ZONE representative at the time of this application. Failure to do so will result in the applicant being fined a sum of AED 5,000 by the Free Zone Authority.
  • Dubai Immigration will only process ‘housemaid’ visas for applicants from Sri Lanka, Indonesia or the Philippines.
  • No employments visas under the company can be issued for applicants under the age of 18. Persons under the age of 18 also cannot be a shareholder nor the person in charge on the license.
  • If any of the shareholders or the person in charge is an Emirati National, we will need a copy of their ‘Jinsiya’ and their Emirates ID Card.
  • Visa applicants holding Sri Lankan and Indonesian passports will need to carry out a medical test in their home country and have the results of said medical attested at the UAE Consulate in their home country prior to applying for their visa, unless they are currently in the country on a cancelled residency visa.
  • Sri Lankan, Filipino, and Indonesian nationals looking to apply for visas whilst still in their home country have to secure and submit additional documents and fulfill additional procedures in their home country in order to apply for their visa. Please contact us for further information on the same.
  • If you are carrying more than 1 passport, please ensure you inform a CREATIVE ZONE representative of the same. Furthermore please note that you will be unable to travel on your 2nd passport (the one not ubmitted towards your visa process) whilst your visa application is in process.
  • Once you completed your change of status you will NOT be able to travel outside of the UAE until your passport has been stamped with your residency visa.
  • If you are currently in the country on a tourist visa, your employment visa won’t be issued in-country, you will have to exit the country and wait for your employment visa to be issued and then re-enter the country on that visa to complete your change of status.
  • Should you be outside the country when the visa is issued, and are not from one of the 48 countries that are granted a visa on arrival (please contact us for a full list of the same) and are entering the UAE on your new entry visa, which will constitute your change of status, please be sure to contact your airline prior to travelling, as many airlines will need to see a copy of your entry visa prior to travel in order to verify the same and then upload a copy of the visa onto their system, and provide you with an ‘OK to Board’. The same would apply if you are inside the country when the visa is issued, and plan to exit the country with your visa in hand, and then re-enter the UAE by air.
  • We hold no responsibility for the issuance or delivery or delays related to Emirates ID Cards, or if the applicant is requested by the Emirates ID Card Authority to return to the ID Card center to redo the bio data procedure.
  • Hand written passports are no longer accepted, all passport copies submitted should be electronic/typed passports.
  • Passports bearing only your first name and no surname won’t be accepted.
  • In order to maintain your UAE residency, you will need to enter the country at least once every 180 calendar days
  • In order to be a shareholder or person in charge of a company or apply for visas (both at the time of the entry visa application and later on when the passport is submitted for residency stamping) your passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months, you should also have 2 empty pages in your passport as well. Furthermore you should hold a standard/normal passport, travel documents are not permitted.
  • Certain restrictions potentially exist for passport holders from the following countries to obtain visas on the company (they can however still obtain visas as dependents without issue): Iran (also to act as company shareholder), Israel (also to act as a company shareholder), Turkey (also to act as a company shareholder), Bangladesh (also to act as a company shareholder), Afghanistan (also to act as a company shareholder) Kenya, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Belarus, Iraq, Cuba, Palestine, Lebanon, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Ethiopia (won’t be granted a visa even as a dependent), Egypt, Somalia, and Yemen.
  • Persons born in Iran and Israel but holding a passport from another country potentially may not be able to act as company shareholder or person in charge on the Trade License. Persons born in any of the other countries mentioned in the above bullet point, but currently carry a passport from another country will be able to act as company shareholder, but potentially may not be able to apply for employment visas on the company. Furthermore if any of the above are company shareholders and/or the person in charge the company establishment card potentially may not be issued by Immigration, which would mean no visas would be able to be applied for under the company. Also please note that even if your place of birth and nationality isn’t from one of the restricted countries but your name is deemed to have originated from one of those countries, you may experience delays in both your establishment card and visa release. Recently on a case by case basis Fujairah Immigration have agreed to carry out a visa pre-approval process for a fee of AED 1,000, for many who are either nationals of, or were born in, the countries mentioned in the above bullet – please note visa pre-approvals will not be possible for those born in or nationals of Iran or Israel. Please contact us for up to date information as the list and procedures can become subject to change without prior notice.
  • The nationalities from the following countries should be inside the UAE on a visit or tourist visa to apply for Security Approval: Libya, Tunisia, Afghanistan, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Sudan, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Morocco.
  • The nationalities from the following countries should be inside the UAE on a residency visa to apply for Security Approval - Palestine, Iraq, Iran, Somali, Yemen.