Dubai is set to further enhance its appeal as a filmmaking destination with the announcement from Dubai Film & TV Commission (DFTC) that it permits for filming in Dubai will be issued within one day, effective February 1, 2019. Commenting on the news, Jamal Al Sharif, Chairman of Dubai Film and TV Commission said the announcement is in line with Dubai’s UAE Vision 2021.
The UAE is fast becoming a top destination for Hollywood talent – and new figures have revealed that there were more than 1,000 film shoots here last year. Speaking to Gulf News, Saeed Al Janahi, director, operations, Dubai Film and TV Commission, said, “The decision to expedite the issue of filming permits from three days to one day has been taken by our board in keeping with the requirements of a fast-paced industry and in line with Dubai’s 2021 vision.”
DFTC received 953 applications to film in Dubai last year, including movies, TV shows, documentaries, commercials and corporate videos. While there have been a number of high-profile shoots in Abu Dhabi this year, we can also expect to see plenty of Dubai on the big screen with the new announcement making the city even more attractive to producers.
Dubai has over the last year been the location for the filming of several high profile Bollywood and Hollywood movies including Zero featuring Shah Rukh Khan, Beneath the Sea of Lights and Salman Khan's film Race 3. Perhaps the most famous film recorded here was back in 2011 when Tom Cruise climbed to the top of the Burj Khalifa during filming for Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Star Trek fans were also pleased to see top locations including Meydan Racetrack, the Burj Al Arab and Sheikh Zayed Road in 2016's Beyond.