Star Trek 3 considers Dubai as filming location

Filming likely to take place in Dubai near end of the year
Star Trek and Star Wars director JJ Abrams.
Star Trek and Star Wars director JJ Abrams.

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The third movie in the rebooted Star Trek franchise is rumoured to be the next Hollywood blockbuster planning to shoot in the UAE, according to a report from The National.

According to Abu Dhabi's The National, Star Trek 3, which is still to be given a name, filming is likely to take place in Dubai towards the end of the year.

Citing three sources, the paper said Captain Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise will follow the cast of the upcoming Star Wars and the recently released Fast & Furious 7 in using the Gulf state.

Some of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was shot in the Abu Dhabi desert around Qasr Al Sarab, Liwa and Tarif.

Abu Dhabi’s film production free zone outfit twofour54 said last year it was in talks with several big name Hollywood producers in a bid to have more movies filmed in the UAE capital.

Noura Al Kaabi, speaking to Arabian Business in Los Angeles, said: “It’s more a case of them talking to us, we have had discussions with Universal, Fox, Sony and Disney about future film work.”

Star Trek and Star Wars director JJ Abrams.

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