At a glance
Media is rapidly developing in Qatar with the State’s support to large broadcasting projects and its hosting of some of the region’s biggest and well regarded media and telecommunications businesses. Qatar’s connectivity to the world, easy access to a talent pool from world class universities, diverse population and languages, and an internet penetration higher than the global average is evidence of the factors that is helping rapidly build its media sector.
Media City Qatar was established by Amiri Decree No. (13) issued in 2019 to drive the growth and development of the media industry in the country and become an international hub for businesses, organisations and entrepreneurs with a focus on traditional and digital media, technology, communications, research and development.
Media City Qatar is an emerging global home of media driving the growth of the sector and leveraging on the existing powerhouses of media in Qatar such as Al Jazeera and BeIN networks. Media City aims to develop media activities in Qatar and establish an interactive platform for international firms to operate in Qatar and broadcast to the world.
MyNU-Q Northwestern University Media Production Facilities
Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), is a modern media school that opened in Qatar in 2008. It offers undergraduate education in journalism and communication with a strong liberal arts foundation. Northwestern’s programs are ranked as some of the best in the world and prepare the students to become leaders in the global media industry as executives, journalists, producers, directors, editors, and much more.
Al Jazeera Media Institute
In February 2004, Aljazeera Media Institute was launched as a knowledge and training center that combines practice and experience with theoretical and applied knowledge in a range of training courses covering various disciplines in the communication field.
The Institute aims to promote the media industry in the Arab as well as international world in cooperation with a group of international institutions to deliver training content with high standards.
Gaming and eSports opportunities
Qatar is primed for the development of a gaming and eSports cluster with its advanced ICT infrastructure and young population, with whom gaming and eSports has become a leading form of entertainment. Qatar is the first country to deploy 5G, with a 99.7% world record of internet penetration- reflecting the great strides the country has undertaken as a forerunner in global digitalisation initiatives. Moreover, tangible opportunities exist for gaming companies to develop interactive experiences linked to major sports events in Doha such as the FIFA World Cup 2022 and Asian Games 2030. Locally, opportunities exist to build an eSports ecosystem leveraging links and partnerships between national champions and major sports franchises.
Qatar’s prime location as a bridge at the centre of East and West, provides Podcast companies with access to talent, speakers, and developers from all over the world with visa-free entry available to more than 95 nationalities. The MENA region is home to approximately 500 million inhabitants with internet penetration higher than global average. Qatar offers a breadth of incentives to FDI’s such as but not limited to tax exemptions, regulatory exemptions, financial support, and the opportunity to tailor an incentive package based on investment proposals. Recognising the importance of media in the international arena, Qatar has developed the necessary media and digital infrastructure to attract international media outlets by recently establishing Media City to host potential clients in this sector.
Who is already here
beIN Media Group
Established in 2003 as Al Jazeera Sports, the company was rebranded as beIN SPORTS MENA in January 2014. beIN has been active in acquiring broadcast rights for various premium sports events held globally across football, tennis, motorsports, cycling, athletics and various other premium sports.
On November 1, 2015, beIN expanded its portfolio to include movies, general entertainment, factual and kids content on its platform. beIN MENA offers 41 HD channels, broadcasting around the clock in four languages (Arabic, English, French and Spanish).
Launched in 1996, Al Jazeera Arabic was the first independent news channel in the Arab world dedicated to providing comprehensive news and live debate. Al Jazeera English, which was launched in 2006, is part of a growing network comprising more than 10 channels and divisions.
The network challenged established narratives and gave a global audience an alternative voice, one that put the people back at the centre of the news agenda, and quickly made it one of the world’s most influential news networks.
Each subsidiary in the Al Jazeera Media Network follows the same principles and values that inspire it to be challenging and bold, and to provide a voice for the voiceless in some of the world’s most unreported places.
Euronews is an international news channel and Europe’s leading international news channel, providing global, multilingual news with a European perspective to over 400 million homes in 160 countries. With 12 cross-platform language editions, including 9 distinct TV editions, They strive to provide their viewers and readers with a variety of viewpoints while remaining grounded in factual reporting.
Bloomberg Media is a leading, global, multi-platform brand that provides decision-makers with timely news, analysis and intelligence on business, finance, technology, climate change, politics and more. Powered by a newsroom of over 2,700 journalists and analysts, it reaches influential audiences worldwide across every platform including digital, social, TV, radio, print and live events. Bloomberg Media is a division of Bloomberg LP.
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