Hollywood Films Shot in the UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi)

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Get comfy if you fancy an al fresco film, as here are the top blockbusters. Who can not choose the wide deserts and magnificent landscapes as the backdrop? We have some details of films shot in the UAE as the place played a starring role in many movies thanks to its royal palace, and below you can take a look at them.


Following the announcement that the Star Wars film was shot in Abu Dhabi, we are thinking to take a look at what other memorable blockbusters feature the golden sands in the emirates. Rapidly becoming a popular location, the UAE has provided fantastic scenes, and it’s no surprise that the landscapes provided ample space for Hollywood stars to create their next blockbuster. Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds and the crew spent 30 days in the UAE for shootings of his latest film ‘6 Underground’, as two pictures show. The movie is a fun thriller and Ryan Reynolds said that we will have to wait until the movie hits Netflix, but the welcome has been amazing, while Michael Bay added that Abu Dhabi has a lot of great looks and the diversity they need, plus the professional facilities and infrastructure.


  1. Syriana (2005)

Many of the desert scenes were actually shot in the Dubai desert. A veteran CIA agent (George Clooney), discovers an assassination plot, while a lawyer (Jeffrey Wright) is setting up suspicious mergers and a Switzerland-based analyst (Matt Damon), finds opportunity in his wake.


  1. Mission: Imposible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

Things don’t quite go to plan, resulting in Hunt performing a climb around the tower, which certainly isn’t for those afraid of heights, so if you don’t feel like a chopper ride, the film provides the same view. Anyone who has ever visited the Burj Khalifa will be aware of it in Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, as it has been hailed in a magnificent stunt, where fans can see Tom Cruise return as agent Ethan Hunt who scales the largest building in the world. Filming the Dubai scenes implied over four hundred crewmembers in order to make sure that nothing went the wrong way. Who can forget the photograph of Tom Cruise, calmly sitting atop the tallest building, Burj Khalifa, and showing the world how insane the stunts were?


  1. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)

The movie kicks off with an introduction to Rey on Jakku, a scene filmed in Abu Dhabi and during the film itself, Rey mentions the Liwa outpost, so Star Wars fans in the UAE were proud to see it star in this huge blockbuster. The highly anticipated episode brought new and old characters, as part of their journey, in a mission to defeat The First Order, where Hans Solo and Princess Leia are joined by Rey and a runaway stormtrooper (John Boyega).


  1. Fast & Furious 7 (2015)

Universal pictures figured out a way of finishing the film without Paul Walker, by using Walker’s brothers and throwing into the mix some special effects.

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