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Dubai Media City on 1 May 2007

Dubai Media City (DMC) part of Dubai Holding is a tax free zone within Dubaimarker, United Arab Emiratesmarker. It has been built by the Dubai government to boost UAE's media foothold, and has become a regional hub for media organizations ranging from: news agencies, publishing, online media, advertising, production, and broadcast facilities. The ground work for infrastructure (Such as fiber optic cables) was already laid for firms to setup easily and its visa and operational procedures are relaxed for firms operating within DMC.


On 16 November 2007, the Dubai Governmentmarker 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 lead by General 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. This has had a devastating impact on all organizations in the media city and they have started considerations about relocating

.Years after the opening, international and local media companies are still suffering the consequences of censorship. 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 was one of the worst hit. Since du 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 have been damaged again, disrupting Internet and telephone communications between UAE and Europe as reported by Bloomberg. One can imagine the amount of business losses for Foreign media and other investments.

Some of the major broadcasters based at Dubai Media City:



There will be over 84 towers in the Dubai Media City.

  1. Mövenpick Dubai Pearlmarker
  2. Dubai Pearl Hotel Tower 1marker
  3. Dubai Pearl Hotel Tower 2marker
  4. Omnix North Towermarker
  5. Omnix South Towermarker
  6. Dubai Pearl Dana Towermarker
  7. Dubai Pearl Lulwa Towermarker
  8. Dubai Pearl Mahara Towermarker
  9. Jumana Tower Dubai Pearlmarker
  10. Al Kazim Tower 1marker
  11. Al Kazim Tower 2marker
  12. The One Tower
  13. Al Salam Tecom Towermarker
  14. Al Attar Skyspiral
  15. AAM Towermarker
  16. Sidra Tower
  17. ARY Digital Towermarker
  18. Media 1 Towermarker
  19. Dubai Jewel Towermarker
  20. Shatha Towermarker
  1. Al Yassat Tower
  2. Dalma Tower
  3. Concord Tower
  4. I-Rise
  5. Al Sufouh Tower 1
  6. Al Sufouh Tower 2
  7. Shaiba Tower 1marker
  8. Shaiba Tower 2marker
  9. Ahmed Ali Abdullah Al Abdullah Tower
  10. Al Thuraya Tower 2
  11. Emirates Airlines Staff Accommodation
  12. Ahmad Ali Abdulla Al Abdulla Building
  13. Al Thuraya Tower 1
  14. Executive Heights
  15. Grosvenor Business Tower
  16. Madison Residency
  17. Telal's Tower
  18. Smart Heights
  19. Media Rotana Hotel Tower 1
  20. Media Rotana Hotel Tower 2
  1. Millennium Towers Hotel
  2. Rashid Mohammed Al Mazroui Tower
  3. Millennium Towers Residence
  4. Red Tower
  5. Ayad Hassan Bin Habshi Building
  6. Mr. Mohammad Bin Hassan Al Muhana Building
  7. Adel Al Hussaini Building
  8. Tebyan Clarity Tower
  9. Mohammed Ahmed Dadabhai Building
  10. Al Shahd Tower
  11. Oasis Residence
  12. Al Abdullah Tower
  13. Al Noor Tower
  14. Abdul Jaleel Mahdy Al Esmawy Building
  15. Khalid Salem Ahmed Basuliman Building
  16. Mazoon Hotel Apartments
  17. Al Hoton Building
  18. Cayan Business Center
  19. The Icon
  20. Abdulrahman Mohamed Taher Mohamed Wali Tower
  21. Leader Tower
  22. Saleh Bin Lahej Building
  23. Ramee Guestline Hotel Apartments

See also

External links


  1. Gulf News - Pakistani TV channels may move out of Dubai Media City
  2. Gulf News - Geo TV also plans to move out of Dubai
  3. - Geo TV hints at options outside of Dubai
  4. Dubai Media City List

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