Star Wars to hit UAE cinemas day before US release

A number of scenes in the upcoming film were shot in the Abu Dhabi desert
Kylo Ren leads First Order stormtroopers in this official still from the upcoming movie.
Kylo Ren leads First Order stormtroopers in this official still from the upcoming movie.

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Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, the latest instalment in the popular sci-fi movie franchise, it set to open in the UAE on December 17th, a day before a host of other selected countries and two days before the UK release.

Some of the scenes from the film were shot in the desert in Abu Dhabi last summer. While film industry data website IMDb listed the UAE opening as December 15th, a local spokesperson from the Walt Disney Company confirmed the film is scheduled to be screened in cinemas in the UAE on December 17th.

The US release of the highly-anticipated film will be a day later on December 18th.

However, data on IMDb did confirm the film would not be shown in Morocco until January 14th and in Egypt until January 15th. Chinese fans will also have to wait until January 29th, according to the IMDb dateline.

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