Dubai Studio City names design firm

Executives behind the US$108 million Dubai Studio City complex have awarded the contract for designing the state-of-the-art facility to global architectural firm HOK.

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By  Tim Addington Published  July 26, 2005

Executives behind the US$108 million Dubai Studio City complex have awarded the contract for designing the state-of-the-art facility to global architectural firm HOK. The first phase of the project, designed to foster growth in the broadcast, film and music industries, is expected to be finished by the end of 2006. It will cover 20% of the total area of 22 million square feet, and will be part of the Dubailand development. Facilities in the first phase will include film and television studios, boutique studios, commercial offices, back-lots, film and theatre academies, warehouses and a cinema multiplex. A team from HOK has already started working with the DSC team on the master plan for the project, which will detail the ground design and layout for the community. “We chose to partner with HOK to develop Dubai Studio City’s master plan because of its vast expertise in designing film industry-related clusters like the Toronto Waterfront Studios, Goa International Film Festival and the Universal Studio City and E Channel Studios in the US,” said Dr Amina Al Rustamani, executive director of media, at Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone. “By going with the industry specialists, Dubai Studio City is affirming its commitment to the development of the industry both locally and globally.” "This is an exciting project because it demonstrates a serious approach to initiating a completely new industry in Dubai, with all the best tools,” said Robert Marshall, group vice president at HOK Planning Group. “Dubai Studio City is the logical follow-up to the success of Dubai Media City, and will consolidate Dubai’s communications industry growth and its increasing profile as a leading media hub. HOK is proud to be associated with this innovative project.”

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