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Film Production Company in UAE - Setup Guide
by eguaogie-eghosa Apr 13, 2023 Views (476)

Film Production Company in UAE embodies video productions in UAE operated by such companies as Film District Dubai.

The United Arab Emirates has, in recent years, become quite the destination for many different business interests. From those seeking fortunes in the real estate industry to those simply looking to make a kill in the tourism and hospitality sector. What, however, hasn’t been that quite popular has been the emerging film industry in the Emirates. UAE is becoming a very popular destination for seeking to establish a company.

In recent years, Dubai has gained traction with the proliferation of companies in the entertainment landscape of the Emirates. The Emirates, along with many successful domestic studios, producers, and video agencies in Dubai has served as the setting for several blockbuster films such as Star Trek, Star Wars, and Mission Impossible movies.

But it's not just the UAE’s awesome landscapes that attract filmmakers from all over the world; it is also the UAE's inviting business environment and spectacular infrastructure that distinguishes it from the competition that makes establishing a video company a sound business idea in Dubai.

Starting a Film Company in Dubai is simple if you know how. Working with a company setup expert can get you to establish a video production house in Dubai in a matter of days. But whether you want to bring over an existing company to the UAE or make your first foray, these are some of the most important things you need to know.

 

How to Establish an Agency in the UAE

The initial steps in establishing an Agency in the UAE are practically the same as those required in establishing any other type of business in the UAE.

Your first decision must be whether you want to carry out your business on the mainland or within a UAE free zone. Both have numerous advantages. Some of the benefits that production companies in UAE can derive from free zones such as Fujairah Creative City include a simple and fast incorporation process, continued business support, and financial incentives such as tax deductions and negligible currency limitations.

Setting up a company in a free zone may also require far less red tape than on the mainland.

Companies in Dubai that conduct their businesses on the mainland, on the other hand, have the advantage of being able to conduct direct trade with the UAE market as well as compete for government contracts.

However, the best setup for your company will be determined by the nature of your business. An expert in company set-up can advise you on the best option for your specific needs.

You must also choose a Company name before submitting your license application. There are a few key points to remember at this point, some of which may not apply anywhere else in the world.

Keep in mind that you must follow a rigorous set of naming conventions such as:

1. Avoid the use of offensive or profane words.

2. Avoid the use of names of already well-known companies in the UAE.

3. Avoid the use of abbreviations if you decide to name your company after yourself.

4. You must also ensure that the name you want to use is available for registration.

 

Applying for a UAE company license

After you've completed all the necessary paperwork, you can apply for your company license. Whether you are establishing a business on the mainland or in the UAE, the process will be different.

If your interest is in establishing your business on the mainland, you are most likely going to be expected to secure further permits and approvals to add to your Dubai video production license.

For example, if you’re a Video Agency and want to film in Dubai, you will need a permit from the Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC). To grant permits, the DFTC collaborates with other authorities such as the police and the Road Transport Authority.

Since the free zones are self-regulating, you usually do not require additional approvals before you can begin operations. However, having a shoot on location may require that you apply for a permit. To obtain such a permit would mean paying a permit fee which can include an application processing fee and a location fee, which itself could vary depending on whether the location you are applying for is a private or public space.

In either case, it is mandatory that you submit some form of primary documentation in addition to a duly completed application form that may include the following:

- A copy of the proposed owner's or owners' passport

- Two passport-size color photos.

- Specifics about the activities you intend to undertake

 

How much does a video production license cost in Dubai, UAE?

It is difficult to estimate the total cost of starting a company in Dubai. Many factors come into play, including your chosen location, the number of employees, and the required premises, to name a few.

When it comes to the cost of a license itself, setting up an office in a free zone is usually the most cost-effective option.

Fujairah Creative City provides a variety of license packages to accommodate companies of all sizes. Packages for freelance licenses begin at AED 19,875 and include eligibility for up to four visas.

For AED 23,475, the Baby Business package includes a trade license and up to six visas. The Genius package for larger businesses includes up to 15 visas as well as your license for AED 29,000.

 

Are you prepared to launch your own Agency in Dubai?

The UAE’s global economic attraction is one that is daily bringing new businesses into the country. And one of the exciting sectors that is certain to continue to grow is that of film production companies in Dubai.

With the eye-opening impact that previous global films such the Mission Impossible, Star Trek, and Star Wars franchises have created; Dubai, and indeed the rest of the UAE is set to see a larger number of companies. 

This set-up guide has likely shown that if you have the right information, applying for and securing a video production license in Dubai need not be a difficult experience.

However, it does necessitate some sound knowledge of the company registration process, as the success of the application and registration process is only simple if your license application contains the required information and is error-free when submitted.

As you may now have realized; setting up  film production companies in UAE is not something impossible or one that has to be a complex and frustrating process as long as you first do the necessary research about company registration in the emirate.

Of course, you can find a Dubai-based business set-up company that can help you facilitate the process of your company formation seamlessly. 

Read More:

How to Start a Video Production Company

or

How to Start a Film Production Company in UAE


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