Twofour54

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Twofour54 is a community for Arabic content creation in the media and entertainment sector in the Middle East and North Africa; a regional centre of excellence which is internationally renowned. Designed to provide a collaborative infrastructure for content creation companies and individuals in the film, broadcast, digital, gaming, publishing and music industries.

Twofour54 seeks the development of world-class Arabic media and entertainment content, by Arabs for Arabs, and to position Abu Dhabi as a regional center of excellence in content creation across all media platforms including film, broadcast, music, digital media, events, gaming, and publishing.

The aim is to create a collaborative and supportive campus community; stimulating creative and professional partnerships through its three pillars: twofour54 tadreeb, twofour54 ibtikar, twofour54 intaj and its business enabler twofour54 tawasol. twofour54 offers a vocational learning centre, media industry funding and business support and world-class production and post-production facilities.

  • twofour54 tadreeb: it is the region’s premier media industry vocational training academy, and one of the key business pillars of twofour54 Abu Dhabi.
  • twofour54 intaj: it provides state-of-the-art production, post-production, media asset management, broadcast and technical support services.
  • twofour54 ibtikar: it provides media and entertainment industry funding and support for start-up and early stage businesses and individuals with creative ideas and a passion for success.

Where is it located?

Sheikh Zayed Street,
Opposite Khalifa Park
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Describe the kind of businesses here?

  • Developing and maintaining the Media Zone’s regulations, codes and policies
  • Incorporating and registering companies and branches
  • Licensing companies, branches, and freelancers
  • Maintaining records of all registered companies, branches, and freelancers
  • Providing ongoing services such as facilitating changes to shareholders, directors, and general managers and issuing certified copies, extracts of the Authority’s register and certificates of good standing
  • Dissolving companies and closing branches
  • Providing content-related guidance
  • Implementing mechanisms to ensure compliance with the Media Zone regulations and codes.

What are the procedures for establishing a business here?

There are three ways to set up in the Media Zone – Abu Dhabi, each with a simple and clear process for setting up:

Free Zone Limited Liability Company (FZ-LLC): incorporation of a legal entity in the Media Zone – Abu Dhabi;

  • Branch: establishment of a branch in the Media Zone – Abu Dhabi that is a legally dependent part of its principal company, a company which is incorporated in another jurisdiction (UAE or foreign);

Sole Proprietor (Freelancer): licensing of an individual to work in his/her personal capacity from the Media Zone – Abu Dhabi as a media professional.

Free Zone Limited Liability Company (FZ-LLC) 

  1. Fill in Form CR 4: Application to Incorporate a Company
  • Form CR 4:  In the Form CR 4, you will need to provide information such as the proposed name of the company, the share capital, names and shareholding of each shareholder, two directors and company secretary.
  • Supporting Documentation:  You will need to submit all required supporting documentation detailed in the checklist at the end of the Form CR 4.
  • Registration Fee:  You must pay the registration fee and any bank transfer charges (if any).
  1. Fill in Form LR 5: Application for a Business License
  • Form LR 5:  In the Form LR 5, you will need to provide information such as the name of the proposed general manager and the business activities your company intends on carrying out from the Media Zone – Abu Dhabi. Then you have to indicate whether you intend on disseminating (publishing or broadcasting) information from the Media Zone – Abu Dhabi.

If you intend on conducting a dissemination activity, you will need to fill in Form DL 2: Application for a Dissemination License and supply all required supporting documentation.

  • Supporting Documentation:  You will need to submit all required supporting documentation detailed in the checklist at the end of the Form LR 5.
  • Licensing Fee:  You must pay the business licensing fee.  

BRANCH 

  1. Fill in Form CR 6:Application to Establish a Branch
  • Form CR 6:In the Form CR 6, you will need to provide information such as the details of the principal company, including the shareholders and directors of the principal company and the authorized signatory of the principal
  • Supporting Documentation:You will need to submit all required supporting documentation detailed in the checklist at the end of the Form CR 6.
  • Registration Fee:You must pay the registration fee and any bank transfer charges (if any).
  1. Fill in Form LR 5:Application for a Business License
  • Form LR 5:In the Form LR 5, you will need to provide information such as the name of the proposed general manager, the business activities your branch intends on carrying out from the Media Zone – Abu Dhabi and indicate whether you intend on disseminating (publishing or broadcasting) information from the Media Zone – Abu Dhabi.

If you intend on conducting a dissemination activity, you will need to fill in Form DL 2: Application for a Dissemination License and supply all required supporting documentation.

  • Supporting Documentation:You will need to submit all required supporting documentation detailed in the checklist at the end of the Form LR 5.
  • Licensing Fee:  You must pay the business licensing fee. 

SOLE PROPRIETORS (FREELANCERS) 

  1. Fill in Form LR 5A:Application for a Sole Proprietor Business Trade License
  • Form LR 5A:In the Form LR 5A, you will need to provide your personal information, the requested duration (three (3), six (6) or twelve (12) months) of your business license, your CV, the business activities you intend on carrying out from the Media Zone – Abu Dhabi, job references for those business activities, and either a business plan or letter(s) of intent from entities in the Media Zone – Abu Dhabi.
  • Supporting Documentation:You will need to submit all required supporting documentation detailed in the checklist at the end of the Form LR 5A.
  • Licensing Fee:You must pay the business licensing fee. 

SERVICES FOR EXISTING ENTITIES

For all of our existing entities, the Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi (the Authority) provides ongoing support and services, which include:

  • Processing business license renewals and variations to business licenses
  • Facilitating the filing of annual returns and corporate accounts
  • Facilitating changes to the issue or transfer of shares and alterations to the articles of association
  • Facilitating changes to shareholders, directors, general manager, company secretary and an entity’s name
  • Reviewing content for compliance with the Media Zone – Abu Dhabi Content Code
  • Issuing certified copies, extracts of the Authority’s register and certificates of good standing; and
  • Facilitating the liquidation of an FZ-LLC and closure of a branch

Once you have decided on the type of entity you wish to set up, you will need to work with the relevant twofour54 FZ-LLC commercial teams to agree on an appropriate space to fulfill your needs. Obtaining a leased space is not a requirement if you are setting up as a sole proprietor (freelancer).

Please contact the regulatory team who can assist you with all your ongoing needs: regulatoryaffairs@mzaabudhabi.ae or +971 2 401 2454

Who are your prominent clients?

  • Abu Dhabi Media Company
  • Abu Dhabi Film Commission
  • BBC
  • Bell Pottinger
  • Bladonmore
  • Blink Studios
  • Bloomberg L.P.
  • Brunswick Group
  • C Sky Pictures
  • Cartoon Network Studios
  • CNN
  • DMA Media
  • Financial Times
  • Flash
  • leishman-Hillard
  • Flip Media
  • HarperCollins
  • Haykal Media
  • Hill & Knowlton
  • JCDecaux

What is the distance from various landmarks to this location?

TWOFOUR54 to Dubai Airport – 141 km
TWOFOUR54 to Abu Dhabi Airport – 24.8 km
TWOFOUR54 to Downtown – 131 km

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