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Al Quoz Creative Zone launched

Offers incentives to drive innovation and boost investment in creative businesses


Dubai has launched the Al Quoz Creative Zone, a hub for artists and designers to live, work and create.

The new zone will offer an array of facilities, services, and incentives to drive innovation and boost investment in creative businesses.

The new zone is the first of numerous plans and initiatives to be launched under the Dubai Creative Economy Strategy, with goals to transform the city into a world capital of innovation.

The strategy, which aims to make Dubai a global capital for innovation by 2025, seeks to upgrade the legal and investment environment to enhance Dubai’s attractiveness to creators, investors, and entrepreneurs as well as local and global investments in creative industries.

By offering new permits and exemptions as well as multipurpose spaces that support creative professionals and businesses, Dubai seeks to raise its status as a leading destination for talent from all over the world, while also developing its wider creative ecosystem. The advanced creative incubator provides a space for artists and creative talent to innovate and grow.

Artists with projects and activities in the zone and emerging creative entrepreneurs will receive the exclusive ‘Al Quoz Creative Membership’, which gives them access to a wide range of incentives including fee exemptions, reduced rents, and logistic business support. Membership also provides access to training and programs to help artists transform their creative ideas into business.

Entrepreneurs and active professionals in the creative sector will be able to issue freelancing permits and a single license to practice diverse creative business activities, apart from other official permits. The zone will also provide rental services, financing solutions, and other creative transactions under one roof.

As part of the new strategy, flexible creative legal frameworks will ease business procedures for creative SMEs and support their growth.

Other incentives include exemptions from import and export fees, visa issuance fees, licensing fees, and Dubai Chamber fees.

Al Quoz Creative Zone will feature multipurpose spaces to enable designers, artists, and creative professionals to live, work, exhibit, and sell their products, as well as organize art workshops.

A smart platform will enable companies and entities to display rental spaces for creative professionals across Dubai at affordable rates. The online rental platform aims to leverage available spaces to encourage innovation and grow creative products.

The integrated zone will facilitate mobility through new scooter, walking, and cycling tracks and bus stops. The creative zone will also have outdoor food kiosks, shops, and exhibitions.

The new zone also features the ‘Al Quoz Vanguards’ program that aims to attract world-leading brands to open branches and shops in Al Quoz, as part of efforts to enhance Dubai’s profile as a leading destination for creatives around the world.

The Al Quoz Creative Zone will cover a range of fields including publishing, writing, print, and audio-visual media such as cinema, music, and video, as well as artistic and cultural industries, cultural heritage museums, historical sites, archives, major cultural events, libraries, and the software and video gaming industry.

It also includes design in all its variations, whether related to fashion, gaming, software, or architecture.