Jordan lauds Martian landscape

Movie boosts Jordan's filmmaking and tourism credentials
The Martian made use of Jordan's Wadi Rum area for scenes set on Mars.
The Martian made use of Jordan's Wadi Rum area for scenes set on Mars.


With sci-fi movie The Martian capturing people’s imaginations around the world, the Royal Film Commission of Jordan is keen to capitalise on the film’s success. The country’s Wadi Rum area, which features a distinct red-tinted rocky landscape, was used as the main filming location for the scenes on Mars.

The Martian, which was directed by Ridley Scott and stars Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded alone on Mars, was released at cinemas on October 2.

Speaking to Digital Studio, George David, general manager, Royal Jordan Film Commission, said that the production was a boon for Jordan. The production, which took place in 2015, saw a large team fly in to Jordan from the US, which benefitted the wider economy. David is also optimistic that the film will generate significant publicity for Jordan, which will help boost the country’s reputation as a film location and a holiday destination.

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