The UAE, a regional launchpad in the Creative Industries

22 Feb, 2022 - BCB

The creative industries which consist of several sub-sectors including advertising, animation, architecture, computer games, digital media, experience & attractions, film, performing arts, television and more, offer a mixed bag of opportunities in the UAE. Key areas of opportunities and requiring international expertise include,

  • Film & commercial production and post-production opportunities across various sectors
  • Design services for ongoing projects in commercial, cultural and residential space including supply chain opportunities in interiors segment
  • Entertainment concepts for visitor attraction centres including large retail environment or stand-alone theme parks or entertainment hubs
  • Opportunities for artists in the high-end art and porcelains segment

In late 2021, the UAE unveiled its new strategy for the creative industry which aims to launch 40 initiatives (16 initiatives aimed at talents and creatives, 10 initiatives for professionals and the business environment, and 14 initiatives for enabling the business environment).

With the new strategy and outlined initiatives seeking to boost the country’s status as a global hub for culture and arts and to increase its contribution to the national GDP by 5% over the next decade, it is expected that international companies will increasingly flock to the UAE to tap into the growing national and regional business opportunities the country has to offer in the creative industries.

The recent and growing innovative cultural initiatives conducted across the country also have fueled the UAE’s position as a world-leading centre for the creative sector, with some of these initiatives including the world-renowned Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi or the ultramodern Dubai Museum of the Future, set to open on 23rd February 2022.

For more information on how to enter the UAE’s Creative Industries market and connect with leading creative industries entities across film, animation, storytelling and more, please contact us.