Dubai Media City
Strategically located in Dubai at the crossroads of the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, Dubai Media City (DMC) has rapidly emerged as a global media hub. DMC provides an advanced infrastructure and supportive environment for media-related businesses to operate globally out of Dubai.
DMC is a place where every kind of media business, specifically; media and marketing services, printing and publishing, music, film, new media, leisure and entertainment, broadcasting and information agencies can operate with collective synergy and individual freedom.
Since its inception, the City has continued to grow impressively. The list of DMC-based companies today reads like a who’s who of the global media industry. The community includes global media giants such as Reuters, CNN, CNBC, MBC, Sony, Showtime and Bertelsmann.
Dubai Media City has also set up Media Business Centres to promote talent and entrepreneurship in the region. These unique facilities are targeted at freelancers and independent media professionals. Freelancers find the Centres an ideal base for gaining visibility and building relationships with the media industry.
June 2001 saw the launch of the Ibda’a Media Student Awards, an annual event held by Dubai Media City to recognize and foster young media talent in the region. The Ibda’a Awards cover a range of media-related categories.
In July 2003, Dubai Media City launched the International Media Production Zone (iMPZ), the first free zone in the region dedicated to media-related production activities, focusing on the printing, publishing and packaging sectors.
December 2004 saw the launch of the Dubai International Film Festival, which showcased 76 films from around the world, at six venues in Dubai, and attracted international celebrities and an audience of approximately 40,000 people.
Increasing international interest in Dubai as a film production destination led to a new initiative, Dubai Studio City (DSC). Announced in February, 2005, DSC is dedicated to the production of music, film, TV commercials and broadcasting.
Dubai Media City is set to further expand its infrastructure to provide value-added services for a richer and more diverse community.