How to Obtain Sharjah Publishing City License?

The first free zone idea in the world specifically designed to serve the worldwide publishing and printing business is Sharjah Publishing City (SPC). For an entrepreneur to successfully operate their publishing company and contribute to the flourishing local and regional publishing ecosystem to help run a profitable publishing company, the free zone offers the entire infrastructure and services and a business-friendly environment.

By a royal decree issued in 2017 by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Sharjah, Sharjah Publishing City (SPC) was created. The Sharjah Book Authority, a specific division of the Sharjah government, is currently managing it. It oversees various initiatives connected to the ruler's ambitious plans for the Emirate.

 Advantages of Opening Company in Sharjah Publishing City

  • SPC businesses are open to foreign nationals owning them entirely.
  • Any number of visas may be obtained based on the business activity
  • May hire any number of foreign workers in accordance with the visa quota
  • Office buildings of various sizes are available (furnished, shell-and-core, and with first-rate amenities).
  • A dual License is readily available (Free zone and Sharjah mainland LLC )
  • Lowest cost Free zone at a convenient position next to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road
  • Easy bank account opening

Available Business Licenses in SPC

The investor may select from the following types of business licenses in the SPC Free Zone:

  • Commercial License/ Import-Export/Trading
  • General Trading License
  • Services License
  • Ecommerce/Trading License

Steps to Obtain the License in Sharjah Publishing City

The following steps are to be followed for obtaining the business license in Sharjah Publishing City:

1. Finalize the Business Activity

To obtain a business license, choose a commercial activity. The business activity that you want to proceed with. 

2. Finalize the Trade Name

Choose a trading name that is distinct from any existing Sharjah firm. Then, finalize the one proper name for your business appropriate for the business activities.

3. Obtain the Primary Approval

The Sharjah Department of Economic Development for preliminary clearance by submitting the necessary documents. 

4. Submit the Relevant Documents

Submit paperwork to the appropriate government to register your business. The government needs to provide the clearance, and only you can obtain your license. 

5. Obtain a business license

A Certificate of Registration and a Business License will be issued to you following the assessment and approval of your application.

Documents Required for Company Setup in Sharjah Publishing City

  • Passport photocopy
  • Copy of a residency permit (if already in the UAE)
  • A copy of the manager's educational transcript
  • Two photos the size of a passport

*This applies to all the proposed company's Directors, Shareholders, and Managers.

*The following documents must also be submitted with your application, notarized and attested copies in case your business is already established outside the Sharjah Publishing City Free Zone.

  • Declaration of Incorporation
  • Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Good Standing 
  • Memorandum of Association Board Resolution approving the formation of a business in the Sharjah Publishing City Free Zone (if applicable).

Our Role

We at Business Setup Worldwide can assist you in the process of obtaining a business license in Sharjah Publishing City (SPC). 

Our business advisors have years of experience starting new companies in the UAE and are fully knowledgeable in the process. We will be there for you throughout the process, from analyzing your needs to launching your company in SPC.

Our local consultants are delighted to help if you need information about starting a business in Sharjah Publishing City. We welcome your questions, concerns, and recommendations that might improve how we can best serve you.

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Contact us for further enquiries.


1. How long does it take to obtain a business license in SPC?

5 working days.

2. What are the services available in SPC?

Office facilities
Trade license

3. What are the legal entities in SPC free zone?

Free Zone Establishments (FZE)
Free Zone Company (FZC)
International Branch
Local Branch

4. What are the types of commercial spaces available in SPC?

Furnished office
Unfurnished office
Retail/café and restaurants
Storage facilities

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