Imagine a place where you can shoot a film from start to finish in one location. From financing to casting to pre-production to filming in exotic locations to editing to sound recording to visual animation to processing to distribution and finally to the premiere night. Imagine a place like Dubai Studio City.
With the dawn of the digital era and rising number of TV channels, the future of the broadcast industry looks extremely bright. Consequently, a new crop of independent broadcast boutiques has emerged, to provide design, visual effects, and music composition services. These companies can fulfil their true potential in a virtually untapped region from Dubai Studio City.
Designed to accelerate the growth of the broadcast, film, television and music production industries, Dubai Studio City will be an ultra-modern facility integrating every component under one roof. Spread across 22 million sq.ft., it will include production, post-production, equipment rental, business centre and satellite facilities among others.
It will also have residential areas, hotels, an entertainment centre, film schools and training institutes. This unique combination of world-class infrastructure, qualified professionals and unique networking environment will make it the ideal location for creative people to unleash their imagination.
Dubai – In the Spotlight
The metropolis of Dubai is fast rising as a global entertainment destination with its media-friendly initiatives and cosmopolitan lifestyle. In a short span of four years, the Dubai Media City free zone has firmly established itself as the media hub of the region. The opportunity to work in such a dynamic networking environment has brought together over 1000 companies, including CNN, BBC and Sony, making it a vibrant mix of talent and resources.
On the geographical front, the transformation of Dubai in the last decade has been nothing short of fantastic. Golf courses have replaced desert dunes and tents have given way to iconic skyscrapers. The city now has a vast range of filming locations, from the rustic charm of the old Spice Souq lanes to the opulence of the Burj Al Arab, the world’s tallest and only seven-star hotel. The winter weather too is a big draw for tourists, who can’t seem to get enough of its clean beaches and soothing aquamarine waters. It’s no surprise then that Dubai is the fastest growing tourist destination in the world, with over 15 million visitors expected in 2010.
Dubai’s picturesque landscapes regularly attract film makers from Hollywood, Bollywood and around the region. The city also hosts the annual Dubai International Film Festival which is gaining strong momentum after a remarkable beginning in December 2004. The wide range of films and glamorous film personalities who attended the festival have firmly put Dubai on the world film map.
In addition, Dubai’s open economy and high standard of living attract the best talent from across the world. Several companies are based here to be at the crossroads of the Middle East, Africa and South Asia and target emerging markets of nearly two billion people. Other factors which contribute to making Dubai the fastest-growing city in the world are:
• 10 year GDP growth rate of 8%
• Per Capita Income over $20,000, among highest in the world
• 100% ownership in free zones
• No foreign exchange controls, trade barriers or quotas
• No Corporate and Income Tax
• Diversified economy – Oil and Gas sector contributes only 6% to GDP
• Access to a huge talent pool of 13.8 million skilled workers
• Expatriates constitute over 75% of UAE’s population
• Excellent facilities for leisure, sports, education, shopping and healthcare
• Internationally renowned sports facilities include golf, tennis, water sports, horse riding, dune driving and sand skiing
21st Century Film Destination
Dubai has a grand vision for the future and the resources to make that vision a reality. Time and again, Dubai has made the impossible possible and it is now all set to take the world by storm with its new projects. Here is just a brief glimpse of some of the ground-breaking developments which are sure to catch the eye of film makers worldwide.
• Burj Dubai – the world’s tallest tower
• The Palm – a luxurious palm-tree shaped resort island
• The World – 300 private islands in the shape of continents
• Ski Dome – an indoor ski resort with a Penguinarium
• Restless Planet – a dinosaur park with simulated earthquakes
• Dubai Sports City – a complex with stadiums and academies
• Dubai Marina – one of the world’s largest waterfront property developments
• Falcon City of Wonders – life-size replicas of the Seven Wonders of the World
The Entertainment Hub
Aptly situated inside the attraction-filled Dubailand, Dubai Studio City will soon become the entertainment hub of the regional audio-visual industry with its wide range of infrastructure and services.
In collaboration with business partners, Dubai Studio City will offer:
• Ideal Workspace
• Boutique Office Studios that provide an excellent environment for independent production companies
• Custom-sized plots for companies to build their own studios and facilities
• Residential Areas: For executives and support staff
• Access to Talent
• Business Centre: For highly skilled TV and film freelancers
• Film schools with accredited programs and training institutes that offer workshops and short courses to groom talent
• Business and Operational Support Services
• Facilities Management
Satellite Communication Services: Samacom is the official integrated satellite services provider through which companies can uplink and downlink content and live feeds. It also allows the broadcasting community to leverage operating cost savings through the use of shared facilities and infrastructure
Production Equipment Rental
Supportive Environment and Infrastructure
A vibrant entertainment centre with a cinema complex, restaurants, theatres and boulevard lined with retail stores
10,000-seat amphitheatre for large scale musical productions
1500 and 3500-seat open-air amphitheatres for smaller scale performances
On campus hotels and apartments to accommodate cast and crew
Proximity to promising projects like Dubai Sports City, The Autodrome, Aqua Dubai,Dubai Bazaar in Dubailand and the Polo Club & Golf Course in Arabian Ranches
Film Production Complex: Sound stages, workshops, backlots, storage areas and prop shops
Conference facilities, Screening Theatres and Exhibition Areas
Location Approval Services (LAS) for Media Production: Shooting made simpler
To expedite film shoots, Dubai Studio City will offer Location Approval Services. This department will provide service and support, right from initial contact to the close of production. It will include location scouting, talent search, affordable crew accommodation and arrangement of all necessary approvals and permissions, visas and airline bookings. To guarantee quick access to talent, it will offer a single window service to provide visas in 24 hours for crew and a fast-track immigration process for professionals.
Scripted to succeed
The advantages of being one of the primary investors in this focused development cannot be ignored. With the quantum leap in the number of TV channels, the fastest-growing media industry in the world today is TV Content Production and Distribution. Animation films have become a force to reckon with, after breaking box office records time and again. The music industry too is reinventing itself for the digital age as portable devices become more popular.
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. As a business partner, you will enjoy benefits like:
• 100% foreign ownership
• 100% exemption from personal, income and corporate taxes
• 100% repatriation of capital and profits with no currency restrictions
Opportunity to channel the vast amount of untapped wealth from local investors for project finance and long-term investment
Channel Development Opportunities
Dubai Studio City invites companies offering services from the film and broadcast production value chain to set up their facilities here. These would include Production, Sound Stages – TV & Film, Backlots & Sets, Water tanks, Recording Studios, Production Offices, Ancillary services like Green Room facilities, prop shops, etc., Equipment Rental, Trailers and transportation facilities, Catering facilities, Modelling and casting agencies, Post production Facilities, Labs & Telecine, Printing Facilities, Online and Offline Editing Suites, Animation and SFX Studios, Specialised Sound Studios, Set Construction Workshops, Stunt Shops & special gear, Warehouses – equipment rental, storage of props and sets.
Companies can lease office space and studios as well as plots of land to build their own infrastructure. There are three types of spaces available on lease: Commercial offices,Boutique studios and Residential.
Business partners are also invited to build residential complexes, hotels, leisure and entertainment centres (shopping malls, museums, cineplexes) and sound stages.