Dubai Media City prepares to get a nightlife

Workers in Dubai Media City have just three months to wait until the free zone begins to offer its first venue for out-of-hours socialising.

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By  Richard Abbott Published  September 11, 2005

Workers in Dubai Media City have just three months to wait until the free zone begins to offer its first venue for out-of-hours socialising. In December, Radisson SAS will open the first hotel within the DMC campus, housing three restaurants and three bars, marking the end of a four-year ‘dry’ period for the media zone. According to the company’s publicity material, the 246-room hotel will have a signature Italian restaurant and a fusion diner with a “vibrant and trendy” bar. And the mezzanine bar, which will serve Spanish tapas, will transform into a trendy nightspot in the evenings, with an in-house DJ providing the entertainment. Meanwhile, a rooftop terrace lounge with views of The Palm will provide media staff a further destination option. Previously, Dubai Media City’s thousands of workers have had to travel outside DMC for after work social gatherings at the hotels neighbouring the campus, or further afield. Nicolas Chidiac, account executive at DMC-based ad agency Leo Burnett, said: “Once the new places are open, DMC is going to be a pretty happening place.” The design concept for the new Radisson SAS was created by Singapore-based IMA Interiors, who specialise in boutique hotels tailored to the international technology and media elite. The property consists of two towers linked by a bridge. The first tower is set to open in December, the second in the first quarter of 2006.

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