We are the World's First Publishing Free Zone

The Region's Publishing Powerhouse

Our network of government entities and publishing organisations will provide you with significant business expansion opportunities. SPC Free Zone, a subsidiary of Sharjah Book Authority, provides publishers a one-stop platform to create and sell both locally and internationally.

Government Initiatives

Known as the UAE’s cultural capital; Sharjah is an industrial and education hub making it the preferred location for investors and entrepreneurs globally.
Publishing Free Zone
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UAE cultural
capital

Print on demand 
(POD) service

Publishing
ecosystem

UNESCO World
Book capital

Private Partnerships

Emirates Publisher Association

Emirates Publisher Association (EPA) is a non-profit organisation that works to develop the UAE’s publishing industry. Being a member of EPA will provide benefits such as:

  1. Provide publishers with significant exposure of book titles in the local and international market
  2. Help publishers connect with some of the largest names in the industry

EPA membership requirements mandate that the company should be owned by an Emirati national holding not less than 51% of its shares. However, a publisher licensed with SPCFZ can register as a member, regardless of the business owner’s nationality.

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Lightning Source Sharjah

Lightning Source Sharjah and Sharjah Book Authority have established a joint venture to operate a Lightning Source Print On Demand (POD) facility at SPC Free Zone. This provides a superior printing and distribution service for publishers and retail channels in the Gulf region and the Middle East, and allows them to cater to consumer demands and reach readers worldwide.

Lightning Source can:
  1. Support publishers by making their titles accessible to millions of readers locally and globally, supplying books to more than 40,000 libraries worldwide
  2. Help publishers balance and effectively manage consumer demand, affordable distributions, and print runs
  3. Reduce challenges associated with estimating demand for titles and efficiently scaling print volumes
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A call away from a new future.

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