Abu Dhabi has been named a top international location for film production in the latest issue of Hollywood-based online magazine P3 Update, putting the city among the ranks of cities in Australia, Canada, and Germany.
Abu Dhabi was also the only city in the Middle East included in the list, underscoring the extent to which local authorities have actively sought to encourage film production in the emirate.
P3 Update cited Abu Dhabi Film Commission’s 30% production rebate which comes without a funding cap and covers all qualifying spend as a key incentive for film producers, as well as the city’s provision of free scouting assistance and its zero percent tax.
P3 Update aren’t alone in this assessment, however. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Abu Dhabi is “poised to become Hollywood’s go-to locale in the Middle East”, especially with the recent filming of Disney’s Star Wars: Episode VII and Universal’s Fast and Furious 7.
P3 Update’s highlighting of Abu Dhabi as a filming location comes as the city plays host to the international film industry at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, taking place from October 23rd to November 1st .