Managing Director, Media Cluster, TECOM Investments
Mohammad Abdullah is the Managing Director, Media Cluster, TECOM Investments, a member of Dubai Holding. The TECOM Investments Media Cluster includes Dubai Media City (DMC), Dubai Studio City (DSC) and International Media Production Zone (IMPZ).
Prior to joining the media cluster, Abdullah was Executive Vice-President of CNBC Arabia, the premium business channel, responsible for editorial and operational management. He worked closely with the CNBC CEO in guiding the company strategy, policy and implementation of corporate vision.
Abdullah was also instrumental in supervising the staff to maintain and enhance the quality of broadcast output and strengthening the relevance to viewers.Abdullah made his foray into the print media at Emirates Media Incorporated where he was tasked with the strategic planning and positioning of a number of magazines and newspapers as Press Director, and subsequently as Director of Strategy and Planning. As the Press Director, he successfully achieved the right positioning of publications such as Al Ittihad as a leading UAE daily and helped the newspaper notch higher circulation and advertising revenues.
Beginning his career with Abu Dhabi TV as a broadcast journalist and news anchor, Abdullah played a vital role in establishing the news centre of the channel in Abu Dhabi. He was actively involved in laying down of operational, editorial, production and administrative procedures governing the news centre.
Abdullah holds a Master’s degree in Mass Communication from the Emerson College in Boston, US.
Jamal Al Sharif
Managing Director, DMC & DSC
Jamal Al Sharif is the Managing Director of Dubai Media City and Dubai Studio City, part of the Media Cluster at TECOM Investments, a member of Dubai Holding.
In his current role, Al Sharif is responsible for driving the strategic and financial objectives of the cluster and ensuring the development of the project’s technical and community infrastructure.Jamal Al Sharif is highly regarded in the industry for his project management expertise, performance driven experience as a real estate and media industry specialist, and for his ability to generate business in fiercely competitive markets.
Al Sharif began his association with Dubai Studio City in 2005 as Manager of New Initiatives. Within a short time, he was appointed Director of Dubai Studio City and played a pivotal role in establishing key offerings such as the Location Approval Services (LAS) department as a single window to deliver enabling services for film and television producers. Beginning his career in April 2002 as Partner Relations Manager for Dubai Internet City, Al Sharif leveraged his project management and client servicing skills to establish enhanced and sustained synergy with new business partners. As part of his mandate, he successfully managed more than 200 client accounts including HP, Cisco, Canon and Oracle. Al Sharif’s proficiency in strategy and vision planning, team management and process optimization have been recognized through key awards. In 2002, he received the Sheikh Rashid Award for Educational Excellence in International Marketing. He was also awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the Dubai Government Excellence Programme in 2003.