Since the turn of the century Dubai has come into its own as the Middle East’s hub for print, television, radio and digital media. The city has attracted a range of global media brands, including news channels (CNN, BBC, CNBC), news agencies (Reuters, AFP, Bloomberg), publishing firms (Forbes, McGraw Hill), media production companies (Sony, Showtime), advertising companies (DDB, Dentsu Aegis), as well as digital heavyweights (Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Snapchat and Twitter). Many of these companies serve regional and global audiences from Dubai. Coupled with a multitude of local media companies, such as MBC Group, OSN, Arab Media Group, ITP Media Group, and Motivate Publishing, Dubai is increasingly considered to be the leading player on the regional media landscape.
The government has continued to work to bolster the Emirate’s reputation as a media hub, rolling out new initiatives in an effort to make sure that Dubai remains the best place in the region to set up a media company. In 2014 a new media industry oversight entity named the Dubai Creative Clusters Authority (DCCA) was introduced which has a mandate to ensure that the city remains a leading location for creative and innovative companies.
Dubai Media City
Dubai Media City is the region's largest media community. It's home to more than 2,500 companies and 25,000 employees and entrepreneurs – including global media organisations such as CNN, Thomson Reuters and the BBC.
Dubai Production City
Dubai Production City offers a world-class ecosystem for media production, printing, publishing and packaging companies. Its state-of-the-art infrastructure, business-friendly environment, retail and residential developments have created a vibrant community of more than 220 companies and 6,800 professionals.
Dubai Studio City
Dubai Studio City is the region’s leading business community for film and television production, home to more than 270 companies and 2,500 people. The entertainment ecosystem features state-of-the-art infrastructure and purpose-built facilities including the largest sound stages in the Middle East that have supported major cinema projects including Star Trek Beyond, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Vanguard.