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Frequently asked questions about Dubai Maritime City

Dubai Maritime City was established according to the vision of his Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It is the first worldly built center indulged in the entire maritime industry, commerce & trade.

This iconic city of 249 hectares aims to capitalize on Dubai’s strengths and is positioned as a regional and global maritime hub to create a dynamic urban lifestyle for its maritime community. DMC is ordained to be the emblematic paradigm for all maritime events, strategic sea-based location, and open channels to the eastern and western shipping corridors.

Dubai Maritime City aims to develop a vibrant community with a mission to achieve a sustainable living environment. The vision is to develop a hub for maritime businesses and a community that offers quality living. As part of this overall initiative, Dubai Maritime City will be developing Mosques, Parks, Bus stations, a promenade walk, Clinics, Police stations, Ambulance service point, Entertainment zones and Recreational areas.

Moreover, over 7 K.m of road infrastructure is already completed and ready for use within the commercial district.

With our extensive capabilities to manage vessels and an efficient operations centre, an average of 500 vessels are repaired at Dubai Maritime City every year. This number is sure to increase given the growth of Dubai Maritime City in recent years. In 2022, 465 vessels were repaired in the first 9 months.

There are various sizes of workshops at Dubai Maritime City. However, the largest would be the Yacht Repair Workshops. These are specialized workshops created to house yachts for repair and maintenance. The size of a yacht repair workshop is 2,522 sq.m (27,146.58 sq.ft.)

The zone is ever-growing and will continue to attract maritime business in the region and internationally. In 2022, there were a total of 280 registered businesses in Dubai Maritime City, leasing a total of 340 units of space and hiring a total of 7,500 employees.

As part of Phase 1 of the industrial district, 217 warehouses are built at Dubai Mairitime City. The size of warehouses start from 510 sq.m (5,490 sq.ft.) onwards.

The licensing authority that governs business set up and issuing an operating licence is Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation. Please visit the website of for more details on licence requirements.

The commercial district (sector) of Dubai Maritime City is essentially freehold land available for sale. This sector is reserved for the development of real estate residential and commercial properties. As the primary land and infrastructure developer, Dubai Maritime City is also responsible to maintain the infrastructure of the area.

Plots of land are available in the commercial district for sale. Real estate development companies many approach Dubai Maritime City for the purchase of these sea-facing commercial plots.

Wet Berthing is the berthing of boats in the water, a sort of parking for vessels. Dubai Maritime City offers a stretch of 1,270 meter dedicated to wet berthing for vessels of various sizes.

Business licencing and regulations for registration of a marine business are managed by Dubai Maritime City Authority. To know more about the regulations of shareholders in a company, please get in touch with Dubai Maritime City Authority.

General rules and regulations of the United Arab Emirates state that "a partnership firm may have partners that individuals and non-individuals"

Building a staff accommodation on a lease warehouse or a plot of land is against the regulations of DMC. The purpose of an industrial land is to be used for marine operations only.

However, Dubai Maritime City will soon offer staff accommodation in our new project aimed to be completed by mid 2024. This facility will be able to house over 8,000 men and over 900 women who work for companies that are part of Dubai Maritime City. Learn more about our staff accommodation facility.

Office spaces available for lease and offered by Dubai Maritime City are part of the Maritime Business Hub. This 8-floor building has a number of offices available for lease. It is always best to get in touch with us to know how many offices are currently available.