Media Licence Issuance

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In the UAE, Media Licences are required for a wide range of professional services including but not limited to the import and distribution of books and newspapers, press services and news agencies, electronic media including radio and television, online media companies, and influencers charging a premium for showcasing the services and products by other companies.

These licences regulate the media and shield the public from the unpleasant or deceptive impact of all kinds of online and offline media. The local market landscape has shown tremendous growth in recent years, especially after COVID-19. This is why the authorities have expanded their licensing regulations to bring the sector into compliance with other sectors in the UAE.

Who issues the media licence ?

The Media Regulatory Office is the federal government body tasked with overseeing all media rules and regulations and granting a permit to any organisation that engages in media activities. These include the production, distribution, allocation, circulation and conveyance of printable, audio, digital, and visual information through the media including press, broadcast, and other digital means. Every Emirate also has its media and licensing body.

How to get the UAE media licence ?

Getting a media licence can be a cumbersome and time-consuming process if you don’t know where to start. But when you partner with Zone4 for your UAE media licence, you enjoy unrivalled business set up support.

To apply for a media licence in the UAE, you need to :

  1. Be over 25 years of age.
  2. Have a decent standing and reputation.
  3. Not to have been convicted of dishonesty or misdemeanour without first receiving rehabilitation or a pardon from the appropriate authorities.
  4. Pay the licensing fee on time and in line with the established schedules. The applicant or someone acting on his or her behalf with a notary performs the licensing processes.
  5. Be a resident of the United Arab Emirates or the Cooperation Council.

You must present the following paperwork when seeking your social media licence :

  1. Emirates ID is required.
  2. Age verification
  3. Title Deed or Registered Tenancy Contract
  4. Evidence of residency
  5. Photocopy of a Trade Licence

The UAE offers one of the best places to begin your media business, thanks to its multi-level support for businesses and entrepreneurs, low-tax environment, and limitless growth opportunities. 

So what are you waiting for ?

Set up a free consultation today to get the process started!

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