The media hub was launched 20 years ago on November 11, 2000, and is home to 122 TV and radio channels for news and entertainment.
Dubai Media City is celebrating its 20th anniversary as region’s business community dedicated to media and content creation.
Announced in 2000 under the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Media City is home to 122 TV and radio channels for news and entertainment broadcasted to millions of people in dozens of languages, including Arabic, English, Chinese, German, Tagalog, Hindi and Urdu.
Providing state-of-the-art infrastructure, a supportive environment and services to improve the ease of doing business, Dubai Media City has attracted some of the leading companies to the UAE, including CNN, BBC, MBC and CNBC Arabia.
It was the first of three media-focussed communities alongside Dubai Production City and Dubai Studio City and includes 3,000 companies and 30,000 professionals.
Having established the UAE’s reputation as a destination for local and international media, Dubai Media City features training institutions and academics focussed on preparing a new generation of media talent in the region.
Commenting on the milestone, Majed Al Suwaidi, Managing Director of Dubai Media City, said: “Established as the cornerstone of Dubai’s ambitious strategy to become a global media hub, our community turned the UAE’s vision for knowledge and innovation-based economy into a reality.
“We are the region’s largest media community. We have created a unique platform to nurture local and international talent, as well as homegrown entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs. Talent is at the heart of this and we regularly launch initiatives and events to emphasise Dubai’s strategic role in elevating the industry. We have also continued to set new benchmarks in ease of doing business and believe there are tremendous opportunities in the ever-changing media and creative industries as we move forward following this great milestone.”