Shams Media City Free Zone (Shams) SHAMS is a 2 million-square-meter multi-use media city near Al Messaned, Sharjah. Shams is a testament to the growing number of entrepreneurs in the media and creative industries. With Virtue, you can establish your business in Shams and be part of a dynamic community that takes a comprehensive and forward-thinking approach.

Advantages of a SHAMS licence


100% foreign ownership allowed


No physical presence in the UAE is required; 100% virtual operation is possible.


100% capital return guaranteed


Limited liability status for businesses


Full authority to appoint company managers and corporate directors


A single business license covering a wide range of commercial operations


No personal or corporate income taxes


No deposits are required.


Shared desk office corporations can have up to six visas.

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It is crucial to comprehend the distinction between obtaining a license with a visa quota and acquiring residency in the UAE. A license with a visa quota solely covers the expenses related to a business license and visa quota, with the possibility of including a Flexi office lease in certain Freezones. However, possessing a visa quota does not automatically grant you UAE residency; additional steps must be completed. If you wish to apply for a partner/investor visa, there are supplementary costs involved. These include obtaining an immigration card, registering for E-channel (NE Only), and paying fees for visa, visa processing, medical examination and Emirates ID typing. To effectively plan your business expenses, it is imperative to ask the right questions from the beginning to avoid surprises and hidden costs.