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Jamal Al Sharif
Chairman, Dubai Film and TV Commission
Managing Director, Dubai Studio City
Jamal Al Sharif is Chairman of the Dubai Film & TV Commission. He is also Managing Director of Dubai Studio City, part of the Media Cluster at TECOM Group, a member of Dubai Holding.
In his current role, Al Sharif is responsible for driving the strategic and financial objectives of Dubai Studio City, and ensuring the development of the city’s technical infrastructure and product offerings, including the recently launched state of the art soundstage complex. Al Sharif is highly regarded in the industry for his performance-driven experience as a media industry and real estate specialist, his project management expertise, and for his ability to generate business in fiercely competitive markets. Al Sharif was instrumental in bringing Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol to Dubai, which showcased Dubai’s extensive production capabilities to the global production community, resulting in a sharp increase in productions from around the world choosing to film in the emirate.
Al Sharif has devoted his entire career to establishing Dubai as a global leader in media and technology. He began his career with the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority now known as Dubai Creative Cluster Authority in April 2002. He was quickly appointed Director of Dubai Studio City and was pivotal in creating key offerings such as the Location Approval Services (LAS) department, which is now part of the Dubai Film and TV Commission, and is the sole entity authorized to grant shooting permits in Dubai.
As Chairman of the Dubai Film & TV Commission, Al Sharif partners with Government of Dubai and private entities to increase media production in Dubai by developing filming incentives, nurturing growth of the local media talent pool, and marketing the emirate to regional and international producers.