International Media Production Zone
The international media production zone (IMPZ) in Dubai is the first free zone in the region dedicated to media production activates. The projects was announce in july 2003. the first phase of the project is expected to be completed by the last quarter of 2006.while the infrastructure will support all sectors of the media and entertainment industry, the first production cluster will focus on the printing & publishing industry.
The iMPZ initiative is part of H.H general sheikh Mohammd bin Rashid Al makhtoum,
Crown price of Dubai and UAE defence minister’s vision of develop Dubai into a global media hub. As such , if provides a highly pro- business environment and a complete technology and community infrastructure to support and foster the grown of media production .
Initial investment for the project stands at Dhs 400 million (US$108,163 ((mainly in establishing in infrastructure for phase 1)regional reach will extend from the media East to the Indian subcontinent and Africa and further on to the common wealth of independent state (CLS) countries covering 2 billion people with a GDP of US$6.7 trillion.
iMPZ customers segments include
- Printing and publishing
- Advertising services
- Manufacturing and printing
- Production and post production
- Service providers.
The Origin and purpose of iMPZ
The idia was born at a time when Dubai media city, the existing four year old media hub in Dubai, was growing at much faster space then anticipated. The recipe that works so well for Dubai media city is that is contains a cluster of media –related companies in one physical location that provides them with a suitable infrastructure, and access to each other, for networking opportunities .iMPZ was born out of a desire to create a similar hub, for media production companies.
Located on an area of over 50 million sq.ft of land, iMPZ seeks to create a cluster environment for media production companies from across the industry value chain to interact and collaborates productively.
Situated on the emirates road, closed to the jabal ali port, and recently announced jabal ali airport city, the new air port when completed will have a handling capacity of about 120 million passengers annually along with 12 million tones of cargo.
The initiative brings a wide range of benefits to the industry. As with companies in Dubai media city companies joining the zone can have 100 per cent ownership. They are exempt from a range of taxes including those for machinery, equipment, raw materials and spare utilities by the industry.
Further home , rules governing media production have been simplified to provide companies in the zone tremendous ease of operations.
- An investor’s business will be up & running in 1 week
- iMPZ provides an environment that attracts each and every elements of the media value chain into the community
- iMPZ has developed programs that could be leveraged by the media community to explore and expend channel development opportunities.
Printing and publishing Cluster
The zone’s first production cluster focuses on the printing and publishing industry, and will provide world class infrastructure for print production and publishing activities. A part from state – of- the- art communications and technology facilities, the zone will offer land and built printing , production and warehousing units
High- quality , thermally –insulated production units will be made available on annual rental basis .Each unit will be complete facility for production operations with exit for loading and un loading raw materials and finished goods .
Printing companies will have the option of taking multiple units, or having a combination of both land and production units. Companies joining the will also have the choice of developing their own infrastructure.
Media production cluster
The innovative concept of creating a cluster of similar business in physical proximity is not a new one to Dubai, and its strategic advantages are proven to pay off. Co-existing at one location will enable print companies to coordinate production activities efficiently with feeder companies like machinery and equipment providers and suppliers of raw materials and spares. For small and medium sized businesses as well, the time and costs involved in sourcing company needs will be considerably reduced, as they can avail of shared services.
The iMPZ will have an eco-friendly industrial environment .tested concepts and practice will be adopted to recycle waste and enable companies to utilize each other’s by-products instead of disposing them as waste. Renewable energy source will be included in the site’s infrastructure to guarantee reliable and clean power.
Life style at iMPZ
Completing the company infrastructure will be residential and commercial amenities. The zone will provide the family apartments and low-cost accommodation for blue collar workers. Super markets recreational and health care facilities and services like banking will also be available in the zone.
- Scalable ICT network and unique voice /data service at competitive rates
- 11%business ownership
- Complete exemption from personal income and corporate taxes
- No customs duties
- Large pool of skills, expertise and sources
Other benefits-single window process:
- Trade license and visa
- 100%company formation
- Office space
- Broad costing services
- Business centre
- Exhibition Area
- Convention centre
- Event management
- Retail and restaurant area
- Telecom and internet
- Data service
- Security services
- Facilities management