Dubai Studio City awards design contract to HOK

Dubai Studio City (DSC) has awarded the contract for the design of its facility to global architectural firm, HOK.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  August 1, 2005

Dubai Studio City (DSC) has awarded the contract for the design of its facility to global architectural firm, HOK. The first phase of the project, budgeted at US$108 million, is designed to foster growth in the broadcast, film and music industries, and is expected to be completed 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. “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, the Universal Studio City and E Channel Studios in the US,” says Dr Amina Al Rustamani, executive director of Media, 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.” The first phase of Dubai Studio City will cover about 20% of the total area of 22 million square feet. A major part of the initial development will service the immediate demand from broadcasters and production companies in Dubai Media City. Currently, there are 53 broadcasters operating over 130 channels in Dubai Media City. The 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. "This is an exciting project because it demonstrates a serious approach to initiating a completely new industry in Dubai, with all the best tools,” says 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," he added.

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