Dubai Media City

Dubai Media City is a free zone just east of the Palm Jumeirah. Free zones are business-friendly areas in Dubai set up to offer tax concessions and other benefits to foreign investors.

The zone was established in 2000 and is now a hub for thousands of media-related businesses (advertising and marketing agencies, PR, publishing, broadcasters, news agencies, animation studios etc.).

Companies with a presence here include BBC News, Thomson Reuters, Samsung, ITP Media Group, and Associated Press.

Samsung offices at Dubai Media City
Samsung offices at Dubai Media City

Real Estate

Dubai Media City is primarily a commercial district. Most towers and buildings here are occupied by businesses, hotels, restaurants, and other commercial entities.

Buildings include Concord Tower, Aurora Tower, Media One Tower, Arenco Tower (AAM Tower), and Shatha Tower.

Apartments and villas to rent can be found in neighbouring areas (Dubai Marina/Jumeirah Beach Residence, Palm Jumeirah etc.).

Hotels

Hotels and places to stay in and around Dubai Media City include:

  • Arjaan by Rotana - Dubai Media City
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City
  • Residence & Spa, Dubai at One&Only Royal Mirage
  • The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
  • Media One Hotel
  • One&Only Royal Mirage Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
  • Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina

Restaurants

The list was last updated on Sunday 4th of October 2020.

NameAddressCuisinePriceDetails
BarastiLe Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina
Dubai Marina
Bar$$Very popular beach bar at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort. Pool parties, ladies days, BBQs, DJs, live music etc. Large outdoor venue with pool, big screens, loungers, and more.
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BussolaWestin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Dubai Marina
Italian$$Italian restaurant offering both a formal dining area and casual upstairs terrace. Business lunches and happy hour.
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CertoRadisson Blu Hotel
Dubai Media City
Italian$$Italian restaurant at the Radisson Blu Hotel.
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Drift BeachOne and Only Royal Mirage
Dubai Marina
Bar, Mediterranean$$$Exclusive beach club at the One and Only Royal Mirage. Adults only. Swimming pool and private cabanas.
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FishLe Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina
Dubai Marina
Seafood, Mediterranean$$Casual seafood restaurant. Al fresco dining with great views of the Persian Gulf and Palm Jumeirah.
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Icon Bar and LoungeRadisson Blu Hotel
Dubai Media City
Bar$$Bar at the Radisson Blu Hotel. Big screens showing major sporting events. Happy hours, lunch deals, and Friday brunch.
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QwertyMedia One Hotel
Dubai Media City
Bar, International$$Restaurant and cocktail bar the Media One Hotel. Ladies nights and live music.
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Shopping

There are no large shopping malls in Dubai Media City.

Malls in neighbouring areas include Nakheel Mall (Palm Jumeirah), Gold Mile Galleria (Palm Jumeirah), The Beach (Jumeirah Beach Residence), and Dubai Marina Mall (Dubai Marina).

Attractions and Things To Do

Dubai Media City Amphitheatre is an outdoor performance venue located at the centre of the area. It hosts concerts and events such as the Dubai Jazz Festival and Taste of Dubai.

Attractions and venues near Dubai Media City include Emirates Golf Club (Majlis Course and Faldo Course), The Beach (Jumeirah Beach Residence), The Lost Chambers (Palm Jumeirah), and Atlantis Aquaventure (Palm Jumeirah).

Cinemas within easy reach are Roxy Cinemas The Beach, Reel Cinemas Dubai Marina Mall, and VOX Cinemas Nakheel Mall.

Education

The campus of the American University of Dubai (AUD) is based here. Around 2,000 students study here. Most are foreign nationals. Courses include degrees in architecture, business administration, civil engineering, electrical engineering, interior design, international studies, mechanical engineering, psychology, and visual communication.

Transport

The closest Metro station is Al Khail. The station is on the Red Line and offers direct services to destinations such as Dubai International Airport, Deira, Bur Dubai, Karama, Trade Centre, DIFC, Downtown Dubai and the Dubai Mall, Business Bay, Al Barsha, Dubai Marina, and Jebel Ali.

Dubai Media City sign and logo
Dubai Media City sign and logo

Dubai Media City is also served by the Dubai Tram. Stops serving the area are Mina Seyahi Tram Station, Media City Tram Station, and Palm Jumeirah Tram Station. Services go to Dubai Marina/Jumeirah Beach Residence.

Bus services going to Dubai Media City include:

Map

Our map of Dubai Media City shows the location of hotels, restaurants, and transport links (Metro stations, Dubai Tram stations).

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