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Malek Sultan al Malek

Managing Director, Dubai Internet City & Dubai Outsource Zone

When DIC first started in 1999, we were very focused on attracting the main players in the industry and global names, because they form the fundamentals of the ICT ecosystem. However, over time, we have been able to focus more on start-ups and entrepreneurs. We have been fortunate to have government support and we have created many opportunities for SMEs and start-ups. These are the companies of the future, and it is extremely important that they are supported and given the opportunity to grow. With this in mind, DIC launched the In5 innovation hub in 2013, which provides infrastructure, support, and a dynamic and engaging working environment to entrepreneurs. We give them mentoring, networking, opportunities, and set-up support to help them from the early stages of idea creation through to the commercial launch of a product or service. DIC has built a great deal of credibility over time. We’ve built a brand that has been very successful and developed the know-how in requirement with multinationals.

Jamal Al Sharif

Managing Director, Dubai Studio City

The purpose of Media City was to become the regional media hub. In fact, it has grown in scope with a variety of new media developments in the region. Dubai has always been active in a range of sectors, and the media is one of those to have really made a swift and successful mark in the region, and also in North Africa. Most of our business partners were interested in our plans to build small-scale facilities such as services, workshops, and warehouses, as well as studios; they wanted more power, parking, and roads suitable for large trucks. These buildings were mostly designed as office spaces, although we did convert a few of them to studios. As Dubai has grown southward, this area has become one of the most important downtown districts. Media City has indeed become a hub for various companies to showcase their products and services.

Mohammed Abdullah

Managing Director, Mohammed Abdullah

There is a growing interest from many regions in establishing business in Dubai. As an example of the strong cooperation between China and Dubai in terms of filmmaking a major Chinese film was shot here in 2012. Parallel to the interest growing in trade, tourism, and other sectors, it is happening in the media as well. The 2013 visit by a Chinese delegation was basically intended to explore how we can work together and what we can offer when it comes to production. With the recently established Dubai Film and TV Commission in 2012, the initial purpose was to support film and TV production in Dubai. There were several hubs in the region, including Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon. Instability in these areas has now directed traffic to Dubai. To accommodate production requirements, we added a new section called location scouting. Companies are coming from the US, Europe, or even parts of Asia to scout for locations before shooting a movie, for example with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, which was filmed partially in Dubai.

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