Over the past 15 years, Dubai Media City has rapidly grown into an important media hub for the Emirate. Refusing to rest on their laurels, developers recently announced a whole new expansion plan that will attract even more businesses and tourists to this sunlit spot on the Persian Gulf.
A place for media to thrive
Dubai Media City (DMC) falls within the so-called free zone managed by an independent government body called the Dubai Creative Clusters Authority. The free zone regulations allow businesses in DMC to compete effectively in the global arena. Opened in 2001 to boost the presence of media and communications organizations in Dubai, DMC hosts businesses that specialize in advertising and communications, media and marketing, media support services, event management, media consultancy, new media, and freelance and association work. According to DMC's official website, the United Arab Emirates is expected to continue leading the Middle East and North Africa region in advertising spending.
Since DMC opened, it has grown from 100 to 4,500 organizations. In 2014, the chairman of Dubai Holdings announced a five-year expansion plan for DMC, entailing the addition of 10 million square feet of space specifically for innovation complexes, technology laboratories and smart buildings. There are also plans in place for projects entitled Innovation Hub and Creative Community, which are expected to include adaptable, world-class facilities and collaboration-friendly work environments where new ideas can flourish.
A great location
DMC is close to the Dubai Marina, which is known for its shopping, dining, resorts and high-rise apartments. The Dubai Marina Mall is a glittery four-story building where you'll find 130 individual shops, a six-screen movie theater, restaurants and a children’s playground. Catch a break from the Dubai heat at the Wild Wadi Water Park, a theme park centered on Arabian folklore, which features three pools and 17 water slides. In the evening, stroll along the Marina Walk, where you'll have your pick of 69 restaurants and more than 300 shopping outlets.
Play 18 holes
Known for hosting the Omega Dubai Desert Classic tournament, Emirates Golf Club is also nearby. The club was the Middle East’s first all-grass championship golf course when it opened in 1988. Golfers still flock to its Majlis and Faldo courses today, the first of which has been named one of the world's top 100 golf courses by Golf World magazine. The latter is the only of its kind in the area to offer night golf. After playing a round, relax with a massage or facial treatment at the club’s SensAsia spa before dining on modern French dishes at Le Classique, where you can choose from one of the three set menus, or select à la carte. The wagyu beef filet with potato éclair and the roast turbot with quinoa and seasonal vegetables are definite highlights.
Unwinding in the new city
Watch the sun set over the city from Tamanya Terrace, a popular after-work drinks spot at our Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City. On your day off, you can enjoy a cocktail while relaxing poolside at the Dusk Terrace. For authentic Arabic cuisine head to nearby Al Merkaaz, or go for pasta and wood-fired pizza at the hotel’s Certo Italian Restaurant.