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A Publishing and Printing Free Zone The Centre of the Publishing Industry
Sharjah Book Authority Sharjah Publishing City
Sharjah Book Authority (SBA)
The Emirate of Sharjah is the third largest emirate of the United Arab Emirates, and the cultural capital of the Arab World as declared by the UNESCO in 1998. It is located between Dubai and Ajman. Sharjah is 10 kilometers away from Dubai and 176 kilometers away from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
Sharjah is known for its strength as the industrial backbone of the UAE, 40% of the total number of industries in the UAE are based in Sharjah. The majority of these industries are petrochemicals, textiles, leather, food and basic non-metal industries.
Sharjah contains the main administrative and commercial centers along with cultural and traditional projects. Links with the outside world are provided by Sharjah International Airport, Port Khalid, Port Khorfakkan and Hamriyah Free Zone Port.
Living in Sharjah means experiencing a different and a unique lifestyle. All the outstanding facilities of accommodations, multinational education, medical services, shopping malls, museums, clubs and a large variety of sports and social activities to enjoy; make Sharjah the perfect place to set up your business and reside.
Under the directives of His Highness
Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah,
The Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) was established in 2013, meeting the need for this city of culture to have an independent organization for literature, reading and publishing. SBA encourages continuous learning, investment in intellectual industries, translation and sharing knowledge.
SBA is now responsible for managing significant cultural projects, such as the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF), Sharjah Public Libraries and Sharjah Publishing City, a free zone set to become the centre for the publishing industry.
Sharjah has a unique geographic location, with access to strategic waterways and modern air, land and sea transportation infrastructure, providing an unparalleled logistical advantage to your business.
Country Air Freight Time (Hrs)From Sharjah - UAE Australia
Egypt 4 France 8
South Africa 9
Sea Freight Time (Days) From Sharjah - UAECountry
44 - 33
Egypt 9 France 13
India 14 - 8
Kenya / Tanzania 13 - 7
Pakistan 13 - 6
Singapore 22 - 11
South Africa 14
Syria 10 - 7
USA 49 - 32
China 20 - 18
Join us in creating a new world of infinite publishing opportunities
Base your company at the centre of the publishing industry, and benefit from the strategic location, modern facilities, relaxed regulations and supportive authorities with decades of experience in promoting culture and literacy.
SPC is a subsidiary of Sharjah Book Authority
In this brochure, you will find all the information you need regarding the selection of easy, affordable and ready options we have created to suit your requirements.
Become a part of SPC by following these three simple steps:
Sharjah Publishing City (SPC)
Submit your complete documents
Investor Service Unit Financial Incentives Modern Infrastructure
Exemption of corporate and personal income tax. Exemption of import and export tax.
Receive your license, lease agreement and keys to your office/ warehouse
Receive visas and ID cards
Fund repatriation. No currency restrictions.
Manpower Energy Living Printing Logistics
Strategic location International and Regional connectivity with excellent sea, land and air transport links Global air links across the world via Sharjah International Airport 8 - 6 hours of sea-air transfer A choice of furnished or unfurnished offices with long-term and short-term storage facilities License issued in 24 hours Sponsorship and visas for all staff No restriction on hiring %100 expatriate workers and economical wages structure
Offices are available at a minimum space of 25 square meters
Offices Type Cost Per Sqm Per Annum
Executive Offices Unfurnished
Prebuilt warehouses will be implemented as part of phase 2 scheduled for 2017. They will be available for an affordable annual rent, featuring office and storage space in three options.
Storage facilities will be available within the office building.
The fees below are applicable in addition to an annual AED 2,500 service fee and an incorporation fee of *AED 9,000 (Applicable for FZE/FZC Incorporations only-not applicable for branch offices)*
Size Space Allocation Cost Per Annum
125 square meters
250 square meters
400 square meters
Office Space Car Parking Utility Bills Cleaning of Common Areas
The fees below are applicable in addition to an annual AED 5,000 service fee and a one-time refundable deposit of AED 5,000 and an incorporation fee of *AED 9,000 (Applicable for FZE/FZC Incorporations only-not applicable for branch offices)*
* Visa allowance: 10 visas will be allowed per office facility (Rates mentioned above do not include visa fees)
* Visa allowance: 5 visas will be allowed per office facility (Rates mentioned above do not include visa fees)
AC Security State of the Art Fire Fighting System
Trade License Options
Visa and administration fees
Trade License Activities Cost Per Annum
Commercial License Import, Export, Distribution,consolidation, storage or warehousing 7,500 2,045
Service License Allows the holder to carry outservices specified in the license only. 7,500 2,045
Steps to set up a new company License Application Form: For the investor to fill and submit with their project details. Project Approval: A provisional approval is required for the legal documents to be prepared. Legal Documentation: For a branch of a parent company or a new FZE/ FZC incorporation* Signed Agreement: The investor then needs to make payments. Lease and License Issuance. Certificate of incorporation**
Investors and their employees will be sponsored under Sharjah Publishing City Authority. For each Employee Visa, a Visa Deposit equivalent to 1 month salary plus return ticket to their country of origin is required.
Non-exit 300 85
3,527 964 Employment visa inclusive of entry permit, employee ID, medical and residency permits
3,327 909 Renewal of employment visa, inclusive of employee ID, medical and residency permits
2,200 611 Transfer into SPC inclusive of employee ID, medical and residency permits
- -Family visa inclusive of residency and dependent ID
200 55Urgent services
150 45General service letters
* For an FZE/FZC a minimum capital for office/ warehouse is deposited in a UAE local bank for a temporary 1 - 2 days only.
** For new incorporations only Visa and administration fees are subject to change
(inter free zone)
(service available on demand )
Immigration Card ( Mandatory) 1400 1600 Normal Urgent
382 437 Normal Urgent
Branch of a Local / International company
Local Company Project summary or business plan
� Valid license or Certificate of Commercial Registration from the Economic Department (Notarized copy) � Memorandum and Articles of Association of the company (Notarized copy) � Board Resolution for opening a branch in Sharjah Publishing City with a commitment to meet financial Liabilities of the
Branch and to appoint the manager, defining his powers (Notarized) together with his passport copy. � Bank’s reference letter regarding the good- standing and credit worthiness of the company (original) � If appointed: Letter of appointment for the Consultant defining his powers & his specimen signature (notarized) and a
copy of his passport
International Company Project summary or business plan
� Certificate of Incorporation/Good-standing (Notarized and attested copy) � Memorandum and Articles of Association of the company (Notarized and attested copy) � Board Resolution for opening a branch in Sharjah Publishing City with a commitment to meet financial Liabilities of the
Branch and to appoint the manager, defining his powers (Notarized) together with his passport copy. � Bank’s reference letter regarding the good- standing and credit worthiness of the company (original ) � If appointed: Letter of appointment for the Consultant defining h