The media sector in Dubai and the UAE has witnessed a massive growth in all fields, after HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, provided his support for press freedom, on condition that journalists should abide by integrity and neutrality norms and seek the truth that would contribute to the development of society.
Dubai Media City, a dedicated media free zone, has played a major role in the growth of media in Dubai. It is authorized to license activities related to publishing, broadcasting, film, media and related services.
Dubai’s state-owned media free zone lured 284 new companies last year and aims to expand further in 2012, but Abu Dhabi and Bahrain have set up their own regional media centers and aim to rival Dubai.
Dubai’s media free zone, which consists of Dubai Media City ( DMC), Dubai Studio City (DSC) and Dubai Production City (IMPZ), managed to attract 284 companies in 2011, Mohamed Abdullah, managing director of Dubai’s state-owned TECOM Investments Media, said Wednesday at TECOM’s annual media conference.
The media zone hosts some 1,800 registered firms which employ a total of 18,000 professionals such as journalists, media consultants, producers, cameramen, web designers and actors. Thanks to the TECOM Investments Media cluster, Dubai has the highest media concentration in the Middle East.