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Dubai Studio City (DCS) is a Free Zone dedicated to facilitate the creation and development of an environment and world-class infrastructure to foster the growth of the television, film and music industries in the region. DSC is also a part of the DCCA Free Zone Cluster.

 

Designed to accelerate the growth of the broadcast, film, television and music production industries, Dubai Studio City (DSC) is an ultra-modern facility integrating every component of content production & broadcast under one roof. Spread across 22 million square feet, it includes production, post-production, broadcast, equipment rental, freelancers, commercial offices, business centre and satellite facilities among others.

 

It also has residential areas, hotels, an entertainment centre, film schools and training institutes. This unique combination of world-class infrastructure, qualified professionals and unique networking environment makes it the ideal location for creative people to unleash their imagination. DSC offers an industry cluster environment with excellent networking opportunities. With all the elements of the film entertainment industry under one roof, support services such as marketing and ancillary services are also available, making Dubai Studio City an ideal destination for the audio-visual industry.

 

Over the past few years, the audio-visual industry has witnessed a revolutionary change. With the rapid increase in the number of TV channels, the fastest-growing media industry today is TV Content Production and Distribution. Technically advanced animation films are gaining popularity, as digital portable devices reinvent the music industry. In such a pulsating scenario, it makes sound business sense to invest in a cost-competitive development like Dubai Studio City which has the potential to make history.

 

Dubai Studio City attracts investors from the production and broadcast industries. Companies providing support services like animation, dubbing, make-up, costume design, casting, talent agencies are also invited to be a part of Dubai Studio City. Film schools and universities offering accredited programs, as well as film workshops and short courses are made available at Dubai Studio City. The institutes and education centres help identify and groom future talent for the industry.

 

Features

  • Industry Cluster Environment.
  • Advanced and scalable Telecoms and Broadband.
  • Networking Opportunities.
  • Tap into the creative and innovative energy in the zone for new ideas.
  • Excellent networking opportunities in the Media Hub.
  • Commercial, residential, educational and recreational facilities.
  • Type of company activities include TV and radio broadcasting, broadcast management, filmed entertainment, film production / post production, sound production, various production services, music & entertainment etc.

 

Forms of registration

  • Branch of a foreign company
  • Branch of a UAE company
  • Free Zone Limited Liability Company (FZ-LLC) – share capital is dependent on the business activity and varies from AED 50,000 to AED 2,500,000.

 

Facility costs and type of license

Facility Size Cost in AED per annum
Commercial From 500 sq.ft 105 per sq.ft
Registration Fee one time (FZ-LLC) AED 3,500
Registration Fee one time (Branch) AED 3,500
Segment /Activity No of Activities allowed within the segment Cost in AED per annum
Broadcasting TV: TV Station / Network -Satellite/Terrestrial/Internet TV One 25,000-40,000
Broadcasting Radio: Radio Station-Satellite / Terrestrial/Internet Radio One 25,000-40,000
Broadcasting One 40,000
Satellite One 25,000
Broadcast Support Services One 15,000
Broadcast Service Providers One 15,000
Digital Content Creation Two 15,000
Film Support Services Two 15,000
Production (Film/ TV and Radio) Three 15,000
Production Support Services Three 15,000
Music and Entertainment Two 15,000
Themed Amusement and Recreation Activities One 15,000