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Studio City
Updated: 24th March, 2023

Studio City

A full scale film and TV production centre with associated residential and hotel accommodation. Much of the area is still desert.
Studio City
Studio City is an area located within DubaiLand, Dubai.
The developer
The project was developed by TECOM Group.

Dubai Studio City is a full scale film and TV production centre with associated residential and hotel accommodation. As of September 2020 only a small part of the area has been developed, mainly around the original studio buildings complex. The rest of the area is still a vast open desert.

Together with Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City belongs to TECOM Investments, a subsidiary of Dubai Holding.

The development was launched in 2005 and provides facilities and services to companies across the broadcasting, film production, TV, music, and entertainment sectors.

Transport & Access

Commute times by car

From Studio City it takes roughly 20 minutes to drive to Dubai Mall, 18 minutes to Palm Jumeirah, 17 minutes to Burj Al Arab and 21 minutes to The Walk JBR.*

Airport proximity

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 35 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 27 minutes' drive.*

Available property


Facilities available include studios, sound stages, workshops, backlots, sets, water tanks, production offices, recording studios, offices and a business centre for freelancers.

There are also film and television academies, location approval services, and entertainment and retail spaces. The new Studio One Hotel provides a wide selection of restaurants and bars (six!); much needed in this area. Olivara Residences provides some high-end apartments with good facilities including a garden, park and gym facilities, despite being located in the middle of nowhere. The Glitz 1 and Glitz 2 buildings have a few shops and amenities.

Construction of phase one of Dubai Studio City started in June 2007. It includes a 15,500sq ft sound stage and two 25,295sq ft sound stages which were completed in 2008. In addition to the three sound stages there are 18 small studios and 65,000sq ft of production and administration office space housed in four six-storey office buildings and a 15-storey tower. There is also a retail area, a 130,000sq ft warehouse and a similar sized workshop for producing interior and exterior decorations and location shooting sets.

Dubai Studio City offers ‘Boutique Office Studios’ for independent production companies, custom-sized plots for companies to build their own studios and facilities, residential areas for executives and support staff, a business centre for TV and film freelancers, film schools with accredited programs and training institutes that offer workshops and short courses, business and operational support services, facilities management, satellite communication services, production equipment rental, an entertainment centre with a cinema complex, restaurants, theatres and retail stores, a 10,000-seat amphitheatre for large scale musical productions, 1,500 and 3,500-seat open-air amphitheatres for smaller scale performances, and on-campus hotels and apartments to accommodate cast and crew.

Local shops and outlets

There are 20 outlets currently open in Studio City including a gym, a flower shop, seven restaurants, two ladies' salons, a catering kitchen, two men's salons, a butcher, a laundrette, a mini mart, two supermarkets and a pharmacy.

For a full list and analysis of shops and services in Studio City visit our Studio City amenities page.

Studio City Location

The map below shows the location of Studio City and just below are summaries of the nearest attractions, parks, beaches, golf clubs and cinemas. For a more in-depth look at the local attractions, and to see what's on in and around Studio City, visit our Things to Do guide.

Dubai Miracle Garden, 2.1 km
Global Village, 6.3 km
The Storm Coaster, 6.6 km
Parks & beaches
Studio City Park 1, 0.2 km
Studio City Park 2, 0.4 km
Eastlands Park, 0.5 km
Golf clubs
Trump International Golf Club, 1.9 km
Trump International Golf Course, 2.0 km
Arabian Ranches Golf Club, 2.0 km
Reel Cinemas at The Springs Souk, 6.5 km
Novo Cinema IMG Worlds of Adventure, 8.0 km
Vox Cinemas at Mall of the Emirates, 10.0 km
Looking for more Studio City local shops, services, and entertainment? Visit our Things to Do and Amenities guides.

Local Schools

Studio City has many schools nearby including GEMS Metropole School at 0.7 km and Ranches Primary School at 2.5 km.

In terms of performance there are eight schools nearby that have achieved either of two highest government inspection rating of 'Very Good' or 'Outstanding' including Jumeirah English Speaking School Arabian Ranches which has a rating of 'Outstanding' and Kings' School Al Barsha which also has a rating of 'Outstanding'.

GEMS Metropole School
0.7 km, Motor City
AED 41,500  •  British
Ranches Primary School
2.5 km, Arabian Ranches
AED 52,500  •  British
Dwight School Dubai
2.5 km, Sports City
AED 81,500  •  IB
Renaissance School
2.5 km, Sports City
AED 42,500  •  American

Things to Do

We've partnered with LadiesNightDubai.com and BrunchCrunch.ae to give an overview of the current Ladies Nights and Brunch offers in the vicinity of Studio City. For full nightlife listings and to see what else is happening nearby see the Things to Do page.

Chicks and Salsa, Studio One Hotel • Ladies Night • El Chapo's Tacos (0.0 km)
The Irish Village Studio City, Studio One Hotel • Ladies Night • The Irish Village Studio City (0.0 km)
Los Chapitos Family Brunch, Studio One Hotel • El Chapo's Tacos (0.0 km)
Le Petit Belge Motor City
Ladies Night •  4:00pm
Le Petit Belge Motor City (0.0 km)
Fire Lake
Ladies Night •  7:00pm
Fire Lake Grill House (0.0 km)
Chica Chica
Ladies Night •  7:00pm
Soul St (0.0 km)
Epic Sunday Pool Party
Ladies Day •  12:00pm
Soul St (0.0 km)
Los Chapitos Family Brunch
Brunch • Studio One Hotel
El Chapo's Tacos (0.0 km)
Nomad Brunch
Brunch • Five Jumeirah Village Dubai
Soul St (0.0 km)
Brunch At The Hills
Brunch • Dubai Hills Golf Clubhouse
Hillhouse Brasserie (0.0 km)
Sunday Brunch
Brunch • Montgomerie
Nineteen (0.0 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Studio City.

Motor City
Motor City (1.5 km)
A development in DubaiLand comprising two residential areas and a business park set around a Formula 1 race track. 
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Damac Hills
Damac Hills (1.9 km)
A gated community with opulent villas and apartments dotted around the Trump International Golf Club and 40 hectares of parkland.
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Arabian Ranches 2
Arabian Ranches 2 (2.2 km)
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Arabian Ranches
Arabian Ranches (2.2 km)
A popular, self contained suburban community development comprising 4,000 townhouses and villas plus a supermarket and local shops.
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The Sustainable City
The Sustainable City (2.7 km)
A residential development employing all the theories of social, economic and environmental sustainability in the built environment. 
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Mudon (2.9 km)
A housing development on the edge of the desert in DubaiLand consisting of several neighbourhoods of villas and townhouses. 
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Sports City
Sports City (3.7 km)
A residential district built around five major sports venues. The residences consist of apartments, townhouses and villas.
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Dubai Science Park
Dubai Science Park (3.8 km)
A government sponsored commercial zone and licensing body which caters for the pharmaceutical and medical equipment manufacturing sector.
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Studio City Milestones
Date Launched
Companies Associated with Studio City
Master Developer: TECOM Group

Construction History

See the development of Studio City in photos:

Studio City Buildings

There are 29 building developments in Studio City. For a full list of all Studio City buildings visit our Buildings Guide.

Glitz 1
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Glitz 2
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Glitz 3
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DSC Tower
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Studio 101
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Ghaph Studio
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Laya Heights
construction Under development (In progress)
Azizi Mirage 1
architecture Planned
Azizi Mirage 2
architecture Planned
InnerFight Gym
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Samana Mykonos
architecture Planned
Celia Residence
architecture Planned
LH Hotel by Venu
construction Under development (In progress)
Samana Santorini
architecture Planned
Studio One Hotel
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Azizi Beach Oasis
architecture Planned

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