Established in 2017, Shams Free Zone is known to be one of the youngest, yet, most-sought after Free Zone locations in the UAE. It is known as home to all the media and production enthusiasts across the UAE.
SHAMS is located in Sharjah, an emirate just 30 minutes east of Dubai. It is bordered by 6 of the 7 emirates that make up the UAE. Shams was first established as a hub for media and creative business and has now expanded its range of business in services, consultancy, and trading.
The company formation process in Shams is quick and hassle-free. Partner with Creative Zone, your trusted company setup consultant, to facilitate the fully remote business setup process and obtain a trade license within a few days.
One of the most appealing features of setting up a company in Shams is its inexpensive rate. For as low as AED 5,750, you can establish a company with benefits including 0% personal tax and 100% repatriation of capital and profits.
Shams offers 4 types of business licenses that can cater to various company activities. This gives more options for entrepreneurs to choose or add from any of the wide variety of business activities from a single license.
Shams is not limited to media activities, but Sharjah Media City targets individuals who specialize in media. This aligns with the Free Zone’s commitment to enhancing and adding value to the media sector, specifically in Sharjah.
The business relationship between Shams and its clients does not end after a company successfully opens in the Free Zone. It extends support by featuring them on various online platforms including social media, and websites to gain more exposure.
For the shared desk facility, entrepreneurs can apply for up to 6 visas for their employees. Shams’ visas will also allow their holders to sponsor family members and dependents.
The price would differ based on the business activities, number of shareholders, office space requirements, and other factors.
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These four (4) types of licenses are offered in Shams Free Zone:
Allows the import and export of goods within the Shams Free Zone. This includes selling wholesale and retail goods, along with other related services.
Allows business activities related to the production and transformation of natural resources into finished goods.
Allows services provided by professionals reliant on their skills, talent, and ability.
Enable standalone or stakes in other companies. It is important to note that you need a holding company for controlling other companies and properties including real estate and other assets.
|Documents||LLC (Individual Shareholder)||LLC (Corporate Shareholder)||Branch|
|Certificate Of Incorporation|
|Memorandum & Articles of Association (MoA and AoA)|
|Board resolution to establish a new company|
|Board resolution to establish a new branch|
|Certificate of good standing, valid trade license|
|Board resolution giving signatory authorisation or Power of attorney for the third party|
|Passport copy of the individual shareholder|
|Passport copy of director, Company Secretary|
|Passport copy and UAE visa of General Manager|
Setting up a business can be a little complex, but Creative Zone will help you through these steps in establishing your company to minimise time and expenses.
One of the most important things to learn before choosing a company name is to avoid any offensive or blasphemous language. Choosing at least 3 company names would also be helpful in order to avoid delays if that name is already taken by other companies.
Creative Zone can help you by giving assistance and advice on what type of business activities and company setup are suited for your company. You can combine up to 3 business activities under one license.
All details, including business activities, name, and supporting documents, must be submitted to the Creative Zone representative, who will complete the process for you and ensure a hassle-free experience.
The final step in registering a business in Shams is paying the required fees. Once payment is made, you will receive a payment confirmation and a timeline for license processing. Typically, it takes about a week to obtain the free zone trade license.