World’s First Publishing Free Zone in Sharjah Invites Indian Investors


New Delhi: Indian publishers and printers keen to expand their businesses to global markets are being offered the chance to set up shop in the world’s first-of-its-kind publishing free zone which will open in Sharjah this year, offering top class built-up infrastructure, a slew of tax incentives and hassle-free relocation.

A flagship project of the government-owned Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), the Sharjah Publishing City is a free-zone covering four lakh sq. m. of land with office and warehousing space for companies to set up regional, as well as international sales and marketing presence. The zone is expected to open in the first quarter of 2017.

Sharjah, one of the seven Emirates of the UAE, has the advantage of a strategic geographical location with access to the vast Middle East, African and Asian markets.

“Sharjah Publishing City is a very significant project for us, both culturally and economically. We will pull out all stops to make sure it becomes a global hub for publishing in the future,” said Ahmed Al Ameri, Chairman of the SBA.

Sharjah Publishing City is currently inviting initial expressions of interest for commercial registration and leasing. The Sharjah Book Authority team met members of the Indian publishing fraternity at a dinner meeting last evening to promote the free zone and the SBA is also taking part in the ongoing New Delhi World Book Fair.