Dubai Media City
|Type||Free Economic Zone|
|Headquarters||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
History and profile
The Dubai Media City was established in 2000. It was built by the Dubai government to boost UAE's media foothold, and has become a regional hub for media organizations including news agencies, publishing, online media, advertising, production, and broadcast facilities. The groundwork for infrastructure (such as fiber optic cables) was already laid for firms to set up easily and its visa and operational procedures are relaxed for firms operating within DMC.
Dubai Media City is the hub for the media industry in the GCC and Middle East, with more than 1,300 companies registered under the Free Zone, from where they serve the entire region. It also houses the International Cricket Council, the governing body of the game of Cricket in the world. Earlier, before 2005, it was situated in London.
On 16 November 2007, the Dubai Government ordered Tecom (implemented by Du Samacom, by disabling their SDI & ASI streams) to shut down the Pakistani independent and private channels Geo News TV and ARY One World on the demand of the military regime of Pakistan led by General and President Pervez Musharraf. Later policy makers in Dubai permitted these channels to air their entertainment programs, but news, current affairs and political analysis were forbidden to be aired. However later the conditions were removed but marked difference has been observed in the coverage of Geo TV and ARY OneWorld.
On 13 April 2008, du EITC - the second telecommunications operator in the UAE- announced that all of its traffic would be routed via the UAE's censorship proxy which blocks access to any content deemed 'inappropriate'. While Dubai Internet City sells itself as a business-friendly environment with excellent connectivity, the reality is it is heavily censored. On January 30, 2008 an incident revealed the size of problem, when fibre optic cables between Palermo, Italy, and Alexandria, Egypt were said to have been damaged. There was a significant slowdown of communications. The UAE telecommunications company and DMC’s internet service provider du EITC was one of the worst hit. Since du EITC has a monopoly in the Free Zones, customers had no alternative connectivity during the outage. On 19 December 2008 the three submarine cables between Italy and Egypt were damaged again, disrupting Internet and telephone communications between UAE and Europe, as reported by Bloomberg.
List of companies/organisations
The list below is incomplete.
- International Cricket Council Headquarters
- Al Aan TV
- Al Dukiya
- Al Majd TV
- Arabian Travel TV
- ARY Digital Network
- BBC World News
- Bloomberg L.P.
- City 7 TV
- CNBC Arabiya
- CNN International
- Decision Makers TV
- Dubai Media Inc. News Center
- General Entertainment and Music Group GEM
- Geo TV
- Infinity TV
- Middle East Broadcasting Center
- National Geographic Farsi
- Orbit Showtime
- Persian Music Channel — PMC
- Ten Sports — Taj Television Ltd
- Turner Broadcasting System - MENA region headquarters
- Zee Aflam
- Kipp Report
- Kalam TV
- Eurosport Arabia
- Arabic Information Technology News Portal
- The Financial Times
- The Economist Group (MENA Region Headquarters)
- The Times (UAE edition)
- The Sunday Times (UAE edition)
- Awraq newspaper
- Lavish Magazine
- Rolling Stone (Middle East edition)
- Esquire (Middle East edition)
- Gulf Marketing Review
- L'Officiel (Middle East edition)
- EveningZ Magazine www.eveningz.com Luxury magazine in dubai
- ME Printer Magazine  Bilingual (Arabic - English) Middle East Print Communication Magazine
- Tharawat Magazine - The Arabian Publication for Family Businesses
- The Business Year
- Spoton media services and events
- Best Focus (UAE/Dubai/Abu Dhabi/GULF advertising agency)
- Pan Arabian Network (MENA region's headquarters - www.panarabiannetwork.com)
- Leo Burnett (MENA region's headquarters)
- Starcom Mediavest Group (MENA region's headquarters)
- Flip Media (Flip headquarters)
- DoLeeP Studios
- ICS Dubai
- DDB(MENA region's headquarters)
- Denstu(MENA region's headquarters)
- Aegis Group(MENA region's headquarters)
- Lowe(MENA region's headquarters)
- Channel 7 Media Dubai - www.channel7.ae - Info@channel7.ae
- AVANLI MEDIA
Event Management Agencies
- MPremiere FZ LLC
- Spoton Media Services and Events
- BrikCom India Consultancy and Event Management Pvt. Ltd.
- Vibe Middle East
- Relay Experiential Marketing
- Euro Media FZ LLC
- Channel 7 Media - Dubai www.channel7.ae
- Dubai Bliss -- Dubai's Finest News, Gossip & Entertainment Website
- Epic (Middle East headquarters)
- Economist Corporate Network (MENA Region Headquarters)
- EMAP (MENA region headquarter)
- Arthur D. Little
- Oliver Wyman
- Visa Inc. (Middle East headquarters)
- Women's health -- abortionindia.com
There will be over 84 towers in the Dubai Media City.
- List of media outlets in Dubai Media City
- Radio and television channels of Dubai
- Creative City
- Ras Al Khaimah Media Free Zone and Film City
- twofour54 Abu Dhabi
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- "GMR-Online (Gulf Marketing Review)". ADCB UAE Directory. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
- Latest News MePrinter.
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- "Dubai Media City". Dubaifaqs. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
- Dubai Media City List Emporis
- Dubai Media City official website
- Corporate Video on Dubai Media City
- Panoramic view of portion of Dubai Media City
- Dubai Media City Directory
- Dubai Media City on Wikimapia
- List of radio stations in Dubai and the UAE