Dubai Studio City and MBC Group in strategic partnership

Louise Duffy | 03-12-2012

Dubai Studio City and MBC Group have signed a strategic partnership to equip the region with state-of-the-art studios.

The studios will be located in Dubai Studio City and will serve the entire Middle Eastern and North Africa region, with the latest in advanced digital camera technologies, LED lighting, motion tracking, real-time compositing, 2D and 3D imaging and virtual sets.

Dr Amina Al Rustamani, CEO TECOM Business Parks, said: “We are very confident that our long-standing partnership with a distinguished entity such as MBC Group, known for its remarkable success in the fields of content creation and production, is always one step ahead in the right direction of enhancing television production and techniques in the region. Through the new state-of-the-art studios, MBC Group will further enrich its journey towards premium content production in drama and television, thus reinforcing Dubai’s position on the global media, entertainment and content map”.

Sam Barnett, CEO of MBC Group, added: “Today, this partnership takes MBC Group and O3 Productions’ capabilities and desired outcomes to new heights. The new studios and cutting-edge technology that Dubai Studio City has provided us with in the field of TV and film content production will further enrich the region with the most creative content and pioneering technology”.

MBC Group recently established a partnership with Stargate Studios, which specialises in virtual production and visual effects. Stargate Middle East will consist of two full-service virtual production studios located in Dubai, UAE and Cairo and equipped with the latest technologies.

Fadi Ismail, general manager of O3 Productions, commented: “Our collaboration with Dubai Studio City has provided us with a unique opportunity to further succeed in the content industry with the availability of leading-edge studios and technology. Moreover, our team of highly skilled professionals and our recent partnership with Stargate will both add to our success and raise the standards of our production outcomes.”

The new studio occupies an area of 15,000 square feet and will be equipped according to the latest international standards and state-of-the-art technology. Work on two additional studios, each occupying 25,000 square feet, will be completed in late 2013. The studios will also encompass large areas for storage, warehouses and offices, aiming to encourage new starters and established companies to relocate their businesses to Dubai Studio City, further enhancing and developing the media infrastructure in the region.