Sharjah Media Free Zone (SHAMS)

Launched in 2017 Sharjah Media City (Shams) is a catalyst for creative and media businesses to grow and thrive. Aiming to be a world-class media hub for innovative facilities and services, Shams covers a wide range of business activities available for those wishing to embark on their entrepreneurial journey in the UAE.

Core Sectors: Focus on services within IT and media. Shams offers over 120 business activities to choose from and provides you the flexibility to combine different activities on the same license.

SHAMS Advantages

  • Company setup options starting from AED 8,400
  • Wide range of business activities available on the same business license
  • All company documents issued within days
  • 100% foreign ownership permitted
  • Shareholders are not required to be physically present in the UAE to incorporate a new company
  • Companies will have limited liability
  • Ability to appoint Corporate Directors and Corporate Managers for your company
  • 100% repatriation of capital and profits
  • 0% corporate or personal income tax
  • Quick and simple online registration process
  • Allocation of up to 6 visas on a shared desk facility
  • Located 5 minutes from Sharjah International Airport and 15 minutes from Dubai International Airport

Types of Licenses

  • Services
  • Trading
  • Industrial
  • Holding


  • Offices
  • Virtual desks and shared desks


Unparalleled Access To World-Class Business Services

  • Sharjah Media Free Zone (SHAMS)
  • Sharjah Media Free Zone
  • Company setup options starting from AED 8,400
  • Not required however, AED 50,000 recommended to be paid up within the first year of operation
  • 1 week
  • Tax and duty exemption
  • Not required however, recommended as best practice to maintain proper books of accounts