The Crown Prince of Dubai has announced plans to set up a Film and TV Commission to attract international movie makers to the emirate.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also chairman of Dubai Executive Council, has issued a decision setting up the commission.
The commission will be tasked with developing an incentive scheme to lure foreign film producers to Dubai, along the same lines as a scheme announced by Abu Dhabi earlier this week.
The commission will include members from Dubai Police, Dubai International Film Festival, Dubai Media Office, Emirates Airlines and Jumeirah Group will also be involved. It will be run by the team behind Dubai Studio City.
The commission has been charged with increasing local production and to attract international production in both feature films and TV.
It will also promote Dubai as a premier location for the movie industry. The emirate's Burj Khalifa was famously used in part of Tom Cruise's latest Mission Impossible blockbuster.
The commission will also be tasked with decreasing the cost of media production to enhance Dubai's position both regionally and internationally, WAM added.
The new body will also be responsible for developing new talent for the media production sector.
It will be the only entity authorised to issue movie shooting permits for all requests in Dubai.