Dubai Film and TV Commission sets out plans in inaugural meeting
Dubai has set out plans to develop its filming industries with the inaugural meeting of its new Film and TV Commission. The emirate hosted Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in 2010 and the commission is now under pressure to compete with Abu Dhabi’s 30% filming rebate.
Jamal Al Sharif is Chair of the commission: “Dubai’s strategic approach to investment in the media industry has established the city as the regional trailblazer. This approach has benefitted both Dubai and the UAE (United Arab Emirates) at large.
“With the film industry in Dubai and the UAE on the threshold of tremendous growth, the commission will deliver a much-needed boost to the landscape.”
With the film industry in Dubai and the UAE on the threshold of tremendous growth, the commission will deliver a much-needed boost to the landscape.
Jamal Al Sharif, Dubai Film and TV Commission
It seems the commission discussed ways “to decrease the cost of media production” in the emirate. Details haven’t yet been announced, although setting a timetable for a formal Dubai filming incentive seems to be high on the agenda.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol showcased Dubai’s Burj Khalifa with a vertigo-inducing stunt sequence. The shoot was supported by six different municipal agencies in addition to reportedly receiving a rebate on production expenditure.
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Finally, a film commission in Dubai. I think its about time. This is a great news. At least, now we can get permits from one source and more controlled location fees. I am so optimistic and looking forward to more details and information.