Filming in Filming on location in Dubai
Dubai is positioning itself as a production hub in the Middle East. The city lies east of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on the Persian Gulf and established the Dubai Film and TV Commission in mid-2012 to further facilitate production from around the world.
Over the years Dubai has become an international and cosmopolitan city, with an economy built on finance, tourism and property, as well as its historic oil revenue. Two million people from 200 different nationalities live in the city and the blend of striking desert locations alongside the arresting modernity of the cityscape is a constant appeal to producers.
The emirate city gets up to a thousand media production inquiries every year, mostly from commercials, and is used extensively as a filming location for Bollywood productions. Hollywood is less forthcoming, although the city scored a major coup by hosting scenes for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.
Dubai’s lack of a formal filming incentive affects international perceptions, but the film commission offers production support by driving cost savings across all areas of production through other unique incentives. There are also state-of-the-art studio facilities available in Dubai Studio City and development is ongoing to make them globally competitive.