Abu Dhabi is a top international location for film production. In fact, the capital of the UAE has emerged in recent years as a vibrant hub for international movies. A few of the movie productions filmed in Abu Dhabi, include
These major Hollywood productions had some of their scenes filmed in Abu Dhabi. Various footages were taken at some of Abu Dhabi’s most iconic landmarks, including Emirates Palace, Al Ain city and Jumeirah Etihad Towers for Fast & Furious 7. Other footage was taken on or near the Sheikh Zayed Road that was actually closed off while a helicopter was in the air to shoot scenes for Star Trek Beyond. For days, film recordings occurred around the city and in Dubai studio. The Abu Dhabi desert was a prime location for the shooting of Star Wars – The Force Awakens.
These days, the country has been going crazy for Star Wars Episode VII shown last week, on December 16, at the Emirates Palace. The event was organized by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, as well as The Walt Disney Company. “To date, all of the trailers and TV spots for the film have included scenes from Abu Dhabi,” said Noura Al Kaabi, twofour54’s chief executive.
While the movie directors chose Abu Dhabi as their filming destination, the cast and crew stayed in hotels and dined at restaurants in the emirate. From their experience, the actors themselves of each of the films have shared their affection for the UAE capital while on the red carpet of the premiere.
Be sure to check out the video clip here that explains why the emirate city is now a popular movie destination for screen shots and recordings. It is a must-see destination, as seen on the video clip. The presence of advanced infrastructures and scenic landscapes have sparked a great interest for film-makes and TV producers coming to Abu Dhabi, as stated in a GulfNews Economy post.
It is suggested that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has opted to build a top locale for its film business “to generate economic benefits for the region and increased job opportunity for its residences,” thanks to the Abu Dhabi Film Commission (ADFC) that supports the development of Abu Dhabi’s film and TV industry. Visit its website (film.gov.ae/en/) to know more.
Just like Abu-Dhabi, Dubai is also a favorite location for Bollywood movies, said Saeed Janahi, head of operation at the Dubai Film and TV commission. Like Abu-Dhabi, Dubai’s economy has also benefited from filming of movies and TV episodes.
Earlier this month there were Hollywood stars who joined other celebrities at the 12th edition of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). Their presence enticed a big turnout of onlookers.
Everything considered, “Abu Dhabi is becoming a hub for film and TV production”; a place that movie cast, crew and the directors want to be a part of. As a result, the Emirate is becoming one of the world’s leading media centers of excellence with a global reputation as a production “hot spot,” as CNN’s Creative Abu Dhabi advertisement feature webpage mentions.