ABOUT DUBAI MEDIA CITY
Dubai Media City is the reflection of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision as he wanted to transform Dubai into a knowledge-based society. Following his concept, it was designed to be the headquarters for global and local media houses. That being said, there are mostly offices and only a few apartments and villas for rent in the area as it was primarily intended to be a commercial territory in Dubai.
IN A NUTSHELL
- There are mostly commercial spaces in Dubai Media City
- Dubai Media City (DMC) is operated under Dubai Technology & Media Free Zone Authority (DTMFZA)
- The area is business-friendly
- It is a free zone with the liberty of 100% foreign investment
Dubai Media City is a heavily commercialised area with most buildings comprised of offices and commercial floors available for rent. Despite that, there are a few apartments, hotel apartments and villas available for rental purposes as well. There are over 1,500 companies in this primary commercial district including companies in the digital, publishing and electronic media sectors. The area is home to the offices of BBC, MBC, CNN, Forbes, Sony, Thomson Reuters, ITP Media Group and many more.
Launched in January 2011, it accommodates over 20,000 employees in their busy offices. Keeping this in mind there are many restaurants and supermarkets in the area.
PROPERTIES IN DUBAI MEDIA CITY
Dubai Media City is mainly populated with skyscrapers and high-rise towers that represent modern engineering and state-of-the-art architecture.
Rental apartments in this area are comprised of studios, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom flats. These come with many amenities and facilities for interested tenants. The apartments have spacious bedrooms, a storage room and an enclosed kitchen. The buildings have 24/7 security and a maintenance team to ensure the safety and wellness of residents. A 2-bedroom residential apartment for rent ranges from AED 120k to AED 160k. Cordoba Residence is among the famous residential towers of the area that offers lavish and upscale residential apartments with a beautiful view.
There are some residential villas for rent in the vicinity. The homes are comfortable and embody the modern lifestyle of the free zone district. Rich interiors, lush landscaping and secured surroundings make these villas the right choice for luxurious living. These luxurious villas range from 2-bedrooms to 4-bedrooms. Rent for these may differ according to the number of rooms and facilities. A 4-bedroom villa in Dubai Media City will cost around AED 180k to AED 260k yearly and the rent can be paid through a different number of cheques. This depends on your tenancy contract and will be mentioned to you by your landlord or real estate agent.
Dubai Media City is famous for its commercial offices. The offices are built keeping in mind the need for modern day commercial spaces specifically for media-related bureaus. Most offices have wooden parquet flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows, a private kitchen, washrooms, glass partitions and a storeroom. An office for rent in Dubai Media City is available from AED 60k to AED 1.9M. The price depends on the size of the office.
For people who are looking to settle down temporarily, hotel apartments are the best bet. They come with the ease of a flexible lease and the resident can settle down in the property which is serviced by the hotel itself. A rental hotel apartment will cost around AED 80k to AED 100k per year.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN DUBAI MEDIA CITY
Parking can be an issue here. Offices do come with reserved parking in the commercial towers but these are often not enough for all the staff. There are paid parking lots but this can cost quite a bit over time and parking can be difficult to find.
Public transport users will find the area is reachable by metro, tram and bus. There are two bus stops, one near Dubai Media City 2 and one closer to Middle East Broadcasting Center. Bus 83 drops by both the bus stops. For people who travel through metro, Dubai Internet City metro station and Nakheel metro station are close by. There is also a tram station called Dubai Media City for those using the tram service.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
SUPERMARKETS IN DUBAI MEDIA CITY
Despite a limited number of residential units, there are numerous supermarkets in Dubai Media City. The closest supermarkets are Swiss Mart Supermarket and Plus Point Supermarket. Stripes supermarket is just 4 minutes away, it is known for snacks, drinks and other high-tea items. Choithrams supermarket is situated in The Green community and is 7 minutes away. There is also an Aswaaq supermarket, which is located close to Dubai Knowledge Park.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES IN DUBAI MEDIA CITY
Dubai Media City is a workplace of thousands of people that follow different beliefs. There are churches, temples and mosque situated close to it.
Yalcin Malikanesi is the nearest church which is at 9 minutes’ drive while Fellowship Church of Dubai is 8 minutes away.
Hindu residents will have to travel to the Shiva and Krishna temples in Bur Dubai, roughly 30 minutes away. Sikh residents can visit the Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Gurudwara in Jebel Ali, at a distance of 12 km or 15 minutes.
Mosques are not present in the area, however, almost all the buildings have a prayer room. Mosques near Dubai Media City consist of the beautiful Mohammad Bin Ahmed Almulla Mosque, which is 10 minutes away. Hamel Al Gaith Mosque is also 8 minutes away and is located in the neighbouring residential area of Barsha Heights.
SCHOOLS IN DUBAI MEDIA CITY
Raffles Nursery, British Orchard Nursery and Blessings Early Learning Centre are nearby options for toddlers. Schools in Dubai Media City include The International School of Choueifat which features the SABIS curriculum, Dubai College which offers the British curriculum and GEMS Wellington International School which follows the UK/IB curriculum.
The area is close to Knowledge Park where there are numerous universities and technical institutes. Middlesex University, University of Manchester and Hult International Business School are few names among many other university and graduate schools. Other institutes within a 10-minute drive are Eton Institute which has many languages courses on offer, Alliance Francaise is known for its expert French language courses and the Online Trading Academy teaches courses on trading on the local and international stock market.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS IN DUBAI MEDIA CITY
American Hospital Clinic and Black Diamond Dental Clinic are two of the hospitals in Dubai Media City. Various clinics, dental clinics and hospitals are located in neighbouring areas of Dubai Media City. These include MediCentre in The Greens, Dentaline Clinic in Knowledge Park and Al Zahra Hospital in Al Barsha. The Saudi German Hospital in Al Barsha is also close by.
Dubai Media City is nestled amidst top commercial and residential areas of Dubai. Right across Sheikh Zayed Road is the gated community of Emirates Hills which is known to be inspired by the upscale community Beverly Hills in the US. The Greens is situated close to the areas and fulfils many daily needs of people living and working in Dubai Media City. Barsha Heights is also located across the road from Dubai Media City and is a popular choice for those looking at affordable residential options near the area.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS IN DUBAI MEDIA CITY
There are no big malls in Dubai Media City. A small community mall near Dubai Media City is The Greens Souk. It is home to a Choitrams supermarket, a few retail stores and cafes. Residents often visit Bert's Cafe, Costa Coffee or book a massage at Tips and Toes.
Located at the entrance to the Palm Jumeirah, residents can also easily pop into the Golden Mile Galleria Mall, which is a short 15-minute drive from Dubai Media City. It houses many waterfront restaurants and kids activities.
Larger malls such as Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Marina Mall are under 10 minutes away. These offer many entertainment, retail and dining options. The famous Dubai Mall is just 15 minutes away from the community.
RESTAURANTS IN DUBAI MEDIA CITY
There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in Dubai Media City. Popular restaurants include Circle Cafe, Pascal Tepper French Barkery, Joga, Cafe Bateel and more. The popular hotels of Radisson Blu and Arjaan by Rotana in Dubai Media City also have a number of fine dining outlets.
Nightlife options include Jetty Lounge and The Beach Bar & Grill in the One and Only Royal Mirage. Another popular club near Dubai Media city is Barasti Beach which is part of the Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina.
BEACHES NEAR DUBAI MEDIA CITY
It is located near the Arabian Gulf where the major beaches of Dubai lie. Al Sufouh Beach which is also known as “the secret beach” is located in the neighbouring Al Sufouh community. Another iconic beach near Dubai Media City is Umm Suqeium Beach, roughly 15 minutes away.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Dubai Media City is surrounded by various recreational and leisure spots. Al Sufouh Beach is a mesmerizing place to visit and its only 1 mile away. The bustling area of Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence are close-by. These areas are filled with hotels, restaurants, malls and nightlife options. Skydive Dubai is close to the area and is an option for those who seek adrenaline thrills.
Numerous hotels are located nearby such as Radisson Blu Hotel, Media Rotana Hotel, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, Arjaan by Rotana and more are among the most prestigious hotels in the vicinity.
Dubai Media City Amphitheatre is located in the centre of the community and is known for housing many events such as Taste of Dubai, Redfest and more. During the famed New Years Eve fireworks in Dubai, residents of Dubai Media City can take in the spectacular sights from both Palm Jumeirah and the Burj Al Arab.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Dubai Media City is a smaller area surrounded by larger and more popular residential and commercial areas. There are parks, golf clubs and sports areas in neighbouring communities which can be accessed by visitors and occupants of the area. Emirates Golf Club is 8 minutes away while the JLT Basketball Court is at the same distance too.
For beauty related spaces, the district is flooded with options. Wow Salon, Nicolas and Jean Beauty Salon are both 6 minutes away. Tulip Ladies Salon and Solo Tre Spa can also be reached by a 5 minutes’ drive.
This place is home to various entertainment houses. From publications to electronic media, the area is occupied by media giants. It is a basecamp for various radio stations as well. Hence, many award ceremonies, concerts and festivals take place here. The Dubai Media City Amphitheatre has hosted many events over the years.
Dubai Winter Festival was the largest festival which was held in 2017 for three days in Dubai Media City. The famous musical band of the 90s, The Backstreet Boys made headlines with their musical concert at Dubai Media City in 2018.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
- Dubai International Airport is 26 minutes away
- Abu Dhabi is at 1 hour 14 minutes’ drive
- Sheikh Zayed Road is right across the road
- Dubai Internet City is 11 minutes away