Dubai 'firmly on global map' as filming location

DSC chief praises location services department on sixth anniversary.
Jamal Al Sharif, MD, Dubai Media City and Dubai Studio City.
Jamal Al Sharif, MD, Dubai Media City and Dubai Studio City.

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Dubai has established itself as a filming location for global and local productions, according to Dubai Media City and Studio City managing director, Jamal Al Sharif.

Al Sharif made the comments as the Location Approval Services (LAS) department marked its sixth anniversary.

“As a destination that offers a wide range of compelling locales for film shoots, Dubai is firmly placed on the radar of regional and global studios,” said Al Sharif. “The LAS department provides one of the principal services under Dubai Studio City by offering instant convenience to filmmakers by expediting and facilitating all aspects of filming in Dubai and the UAE.”

Since its inception LAS has brought 3284 projects to the emirate with an increasing number of applications from established production centres such as the US, India, Egypt and the UK.

“The support of the various government departments in streamlining the filming process by providing the necessary permissions in a timely manner is integral to saving production costs and meeting tight filming schedules,” added Al Sharif.

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