The UAE Lights Up With International Stars

The UAE's becoming a popular destination for big international film productions

October 7, 2015 | 6:21 am


There’s a lot of excitement in our cities at the moment, with a star studded crew filming scenes for Star Trek Beyond, Jackie Chan apparently in town for a new movie called Kung Fu Yoga, and let’s not forget Brad Pitt filming War Machine in Abu Dhabi.

It makes perfect sense to us! The UAE has amazing production capabilities with perfect weather all year round, diverse dramatic scenery and plenty of space to build sets if need be.

Quite a few films have scenes previously shot in the UAE that you might recognise: George Clooneys Syriana, Furious 7, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and who could forget Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol with Tom Cruise cascading down the Burj Khalifa??


Star Wars Beyond
It’s the 13th film of the Star Trek franchise directed by Justin Lin, with Jeffrey Chernov as the executive producer and screen writing by Doug Jung. Our own crew were delighted to rub shoulders with this team alongside actors Simon Pegg and Chris Pine. It’s one of Wilbur, our photographer & videographers, childhood favourites. He was pretty excited about taking pics at the recent press conference for our client Bell Pottinger on behalf of the DFTC (Dubai Film and TV Commission). Interestingly, Chernov said that the experience of shooting Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol was a key factor in returning to shoot in Dubai.


War Machine
Brought to Abu Dhabi by twofour54, apparently shooting is taking place this month. NetFlix according to media sources are offering a big budget for this satirical take on the Afghanistan war is based on the book The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Story Of America’s War In Afghanistan by Michael Hastings.

Kung Fu Yoga
Many sources saw they’ve spotted Jackie Chan in town! Some of the shooting for this film will take place in India, whilst others in Dubai. Its Indian producers, Viacom 18, have a long-standing relationship with the UAE so it makes sense that they’re doing some of the filming here.

We’re excited to watch these and see if we can spot which parts were filmed here!