Setting up a new business with Dubai Maritime City

Looking to register a maritime business?


What is the difference between DMC & DMCA?

Dubai Maritime City (DMC) is a zone responsible for providing infrastructure and real estate space, along with maritime services, to help maritime companies operate their business effectively. Businesses looking to lease space in the form of workshops, warehouse, offices and more – or those who would like to avail services for ship repair, manufacturing and maintenance at Dubai Maritime City’s Industrial District can contact our property management department.

Dubai Maritime City Authority is a United Arab Emirates government institution further operating under the Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation. It is responsible for certain licensing required by the maritime industry.


How does a company set up their operations?

Dubai Maritime City cannot issue a license for companies. The registration of a business license is managed by Trakhees, which also operates under the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC). Dubai Maritime City advises companies to approach Trakhees to obtain an initial approval for their business operations when setting up a new business.

Once an initial approval has been received, an entity can approach Dubai Maritime City to learn more about leasing options and complete the leasing process. After this process is completed, the entity is advised to return to Trakhees with the completed leasing documents to complete the business license process.

If an existing established business with a mainland license would like to set up operations in Dubai Maritime City, the leasing process can be initiated based on the existing mainland license.

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About the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC)

The Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) is one of the government organizations under the Dubai government, which was officially established in 2001, and includ​es a number of entities and authorities operating under its umbrella.

Dubai Maritime City Authority and Trakhees are examples of entities that operate under PCFC.

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