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Al Quoz Creative Zone

An integrated creative ecosystem that meets the requirements of creative talents and entrepreneurs who are investing in various areas of the creative economy. It also enhances the value of this region as a regional and global hub for embracing designers and talents for production, living and entertainment. It will gradually transform into a creative space in line with the Dubai Creative Economy Strategy and will serve as an integrated hub for all services, licences and permits related to creative businesses.

Through public-private partnerships, Dubai Culture offers an array of services that support creative talents, these include:

Hayi is a social networking app that connects neighbourhoods across Dubai. Neighbours use Hayi to receive trusted information in their community, give and get help, get things done, and build real-world connections with those living nearby.

Businesses: Reach, connect and engage with neighbourhoods that matter the most to your business. Businesses can register to share Local Offers or run Ads to communities across the city. Use the Referral Code ‘Dubai Culture’ to receive a Business Profile and access to Local Offers for free, as well as 20% discount off Ads. Register Here


Residents: can download the app on the following:

IOS || Android 

Obtain your creative licence through the‭ ‬‘Invest in Dubai’‭ ‬platform in a few minutes by following a few‬‬‬‬‬ simple steps:‬‬‬‬

  1. Choose the creative field‭.‬‬‬‬‬
  2. ‬Choose the licence type‭. ‬‬‬‬‬
  3. Receive the establishment certificate from the General Directorate‭ ‬‬of‭ ‬Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai‭.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  4. ‬Pay the fees‭.‬‬‬‬‬
  5. ‬Receive the licence‭.‬‬‬‬‬

Explore more and start your creative journey now here!‬‬

The first cultural visa in the world to attract, empower and retain creative talents.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Zoho is a comprehensive, integrated business operating system across a single platform. Talents can obtain benefits to manage their creative businesses using the Zoho One platform by leveraging over 45 applications that enable them to manage sales, marketing, productivity, human resources, and financial management, among other administrative matters, from one platform and from anywhere.

The benefits include:

·       A one-year Zoho Wallet credit of $1,000 to utilise Zoho’s wide-range offerings, including Zoho Commerce.

·       After the first year of using Zoho, you will get a 10% discount applicable across two consecutive years (exclusive to customers).

·       Free training on the use of applications, valued at AED 15,000

Click here to sign up to this innovative system and start your digital transformation!

Creative SMEs can now benefit from smart banking solutions provided by CBD to meet their financing needs and grow their businesses, including:

  • Opening accounts without a minimum balance and with easy and convenient procedures.
  • Getting preferential rates on local and international transfers and on foreign currencies.
  • Getting a free chequebook.
  • Receiving a free-for-life business credit card with a credit limit of AED 250,000.
  • Enjoying complimentary online banking services when paying employees’ salaries through the WPS.
  • Receiving a free debit card and benefitting from unique digital cash management products and services and dedicated relationship managers.
  • Enjoying fast and easy business loan and financing services, with a special 50% discount on loan transaction fees, in addition to asset-backed lending solutions.

Click here to view the banking services and use them to manage your cash affairs!

Letswork is an online platform that provides practical and affordable solutions to workplaces within the emirate. A Letswork membership gives you access to the finest cafes, hotels and co-working spaces available in the city in addition to unlimited other benefits. Talents can now easily search for and book workplaces in Dubai with additional discounts on the Letswork membership.

To find out more about Letswork, Click Here

Emerging and professional creative talents and entrepreneurs in Dubai and the UAE can obtain free training opportunities using the LinkedIn platform. The initiative provides more than 16,000 accredited, specialised training courses designed by a group of international experts, in addition to a monthly workshop that aims to educate community members on best practices in building a professional profile on social media platforms.

Click here to register for your e-learning journey with Linkedin!