Fostering innovations in media in UAE

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Being a part of the media in the UAE has never been easier with the bevy of free zone opportunities and modern business infrastructure available out here.

Since its inception in 2001, Dubai Media City (DMC) has grown, hosting some of the big global media companies that include CNBC, Forbes, CNN, MBC and Sony. DMC caters to businesses from the freelance sector, event management, media and marketing services, media consultancy, and advertising and communication.

Another Dubai free zone is the International Media Production Zone (IMPZ) which is specifically for media production companies looking for a cluster-like environment with free zone benefits. With a core target of industries based in publishing, packaging and graphic arts, IMPZ fosters an ecosystem of development and growth. The advantage of cluster businesses is speed and efficiency as print companies can work closely with production activities and save money from otherwise having to source externally, such as raw material and machinery.

The Fujairah Creative City is a new cluster that provides the advantage of lower cost of living and lower business costs. It appeals to smaller businesses wishing to expand their premises. Targeting both freelancers as well as media players, this free zone includes businesses related to film, music and entertainment, training, technology, media, and media production and services.

Abu Dhabi’s media free zone counterpart is twofour54 which gets its name from Abu Dhabi’s geographical coordinates on the map. Its aim is to put Abu Dhabi on the map as a globally recognised platform for Arabic media, entertainment and all areas of Arabic content including digital media, film, broadcast, publishing, events and even gaming. It is a thriving environment underpinned by three core business pillars: modern production facilities, support and innovation, and a designated training academy.

Handy Hints
• The UAE is replete with free zones catering to media industry
• They offer various platforms for media firms to grow and thrive
• Abu Dhabi’s twofour54 caters to Arabic media including gaming

For all other UAE free zones, check here now.

Source: Saadiya Ahmad, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer


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