'Star Trek Beyond' begins filming in Dubai

Sections of Sheikh Zayed Road were closed for filming of major Hollywood movie
Director and producer Justin Lin at the 'Star Trek Beyond' press conference in Dubai last week.
Director and producer Justin Lin at the 'Star Trek Beyond' press conference in Dubai last week.

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A number of locations around Dubai city centre were temporarily closed over the weekend to facilitate the filming of two major Hollywood movies.

The city's main highway, Sheikh Zayed Road, was closed between the intersections of Dubai World Trade Centre and the Dubai Mall from 6am and 1pm on Friday, the RTA confirmed on its official Twitter page, warning weekend motorists to make alternative arrangements.

A circular issued by the H Hotel, which is situated nearing the filming area, confirmed the temporary closer was due to the filming of the new 'Star Trek Beyond' movie currently taking place in the city. Several social media users also reported seeing a helicopter in the area where the filming was talking place.

The Star Trek cast and crew will spend two weeks filming in Dubai and is has been rumoured they will use a massive soundstage in Dubai Studio City and will also film at the Meydan racecourse.

At a press conference at the Burj Al Arab Hotel on Wednesday, the film's producer, Jeffrey Chernov, explained why he had picked Dubai as a filming location for the movie: "We came searching for the future and we found it in Dubai. Dubai represents the future of what the frontier would be like in our film, and is an excellent place to shoot the movie as well as a special opportunity for all of us. This is not just the third of three movies, but has a new, refreshing twist, and Dubai’s great visuals really fit the story.”

On Saturday morning, parts of Downtown Dubai were also closed temporarily for the filming of the new Jackie Chan movie 'Kung Fu Yoga', taking place in the emirate from September 28th to October 30th. It is believed the filming focused on a car chase scene through Downtown Dubai and involved vehicles with markings similar to Dubai Police cars.

“Dubai’s iconic skyscrapers and attractions are recognised around the world, and we are excited to work closely with Dubai Film and TV Commission to ensure an enjoyable and successful filming time in Dubai,” director Stanley Tong was quoted as saying.

Speaking of the arrival of the Jackie Chan movie in Dubai, Jamal Al Sharif, chairman of Dubai Film and TV Commission and managing director of Dubai Studio City, said: “We are very excited to welcome Jackie Chan and the 'Kung Fu Yoga' production team to Dubai. The UAE is becoming an increasingly popular destination for Hollywood and Bollywood productions, and the filming of 'Kung Fu Yoga' in Dubai is another major boost for our film industry."

He added: “The shooting of large productions here in Dubai has not only facilitated the development of a sustainable local film industry, but has showcased the emirate’s attractions, lifestyle, locations and culture to a global audience, and truly established the emirate as a leading international filming hub.”

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