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Message from Chairman
On Set in Dubai
Internship Opportunity for Star Trek
Recent Highlights
Spotlight on Locations
Film & Media Updates
Message from Chairman
Jamal Al Sharif
We have had a very successful year so far, with lots of exciting announcements. We have welcomed films and TV productions from around the world, and recently announced the filming of the next instalment of Star Trek in the Emirate. We are delighted to have also announced details about our exciting Star Trek Dubai internship programme, which will offer aspiring filmmakers the opportunity to gain valuable on-set experience and learn about what it is like to be part of a global franchise.

We also launched our 2015 Production Guide, which provides a comprehensive overview of Dubai’s diverse and unique locations, and we hope serves as a useful tool for navigating your way around the emirate’s production industry.

If you would like to get in touch with us regarding any of your projects, please don't hesitate to write in via our website, email, Facebook or Twitter pages.

Jamal Al Sharif
Recent Highlights
Star Trek Beyond – Press Conference

Star Trek Beyond Crew Concregate at a Press Conference in Dubai ahead of Filming in the Emirate

The renowned Star Trek Beyond crew gathered on 30 September 2015 at the prominent Burj Al Arab Hotel, in one of the Emirate’s largest press conferences, ahead of its filming in Dubai.

The press conference, which was attended by more than 100 local and international media, included the film’s director and producer Justin Lin, executive producer Jeffrey Chernov, writers Douglas Jung & Simon Pegg and stars Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and Idris Elba.

Dubai Film and TV Commission announced that Star Trek Beyond, the latest film in the globally renowned sci-fi franchise, will film scenes in Dubai for 13 days, starting from 1 October. They will be filming at the Sound Stages in Dubai Studio City as well as key indoor and outdoor locations, throughout the city.

Jamal Al Sharif, Chairman of Dubai Film and TV Commission and Managing Director of Dubai Studio City, commented: “Dubai’s diverse locations have truly set it apart as a global filming destination. During the scouting, the film crew was impressed by its diverse attractions and locations that include skyscrapers, beaches, desert and more. There are many factors about the Emirate that are truly unique and attractive to international productions, including the excellent connectivity and cutting-edge infrastructure, as well as the ease of filming.”

New Filming Permit Processing Time

The processing time for filming permits in the Emirate has been reduced to a minimum of three working days, effective 14 September 2015. This is a major step towards easing the filming process in Dubai, and further enhances the Emirate’s position as a leading production destination.

Jamal Al Sharif, Chairman of Dubai Film and TV Commission and Managing Director of Dubai Studio City, said: “We are always looking at ways we can enhance the filming process in Dubai, and ensure it is as efficient and cost-effective as possible. The growth in the Emirate’s film industry this year has been outstanding, with major Hollywood and Bollywood productions taking place in Dubai such as Star Trek, and with our new reduced permit time it will make it more easy and efficient to film in Dubai, which in turn will encourage even more productions to the Emirate over the coming years.”

New Locations Fees Structure

Earlier this year we announced details about our new locations fee restructure for filming in government and semi-government locations across Dubai. This is part of our mandate to reduce the cost of media production, and will enhance the filming process in Dubai by ensuring it is as efficient and cost-effective as possible. The new fees are a direct response to feedback from our business partners regarding the cost of filming in the Emirate, and processing fees have also been reduced from AED 800 to AED 500 for filming permits in Dubai. For more information, please click here.

Film Dubai – Production Guide 2015

The second edition of our Film Production Guide provides contact details for companies across the value chain in Dubai, as well as useful information about visiting and filming in the Emirate.

We hope that this guide serves as a helpful tool for productions navigating their way around Dubai’s location, and vibrant production industry. The guide is also available online and can be found on our website, allowing you to access our listing needs wherever you may be!

Cannes 2015

DFTC travelled to Cannes as part of the UAE pavilion, with the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Abu Dhabi Film Commission (ADFC) and Twofour54, to promote the UAE’s thriving film and production industry.

As the UAE continues to attract a growing number of productions, Cannes 2015 provided an excellent platform for us to build awareness about the UAE’s growing production industry, world-class facilities and infrastructure, and unique choice of locations. In addition to building relationships with influential players in the global film industry, we unveiled also our 2015 Production Guide during the film festival.


Dubai Film and TV Commission and Dubai Studio City sponsored a series of post-production workshops during CABSAT in March this year, where, for the first time in the region, certified instructors from the NABSHOW training wing gave advanced post-production training to media professionals. This year, students were also given the opportunity to take part in the 2-day workshops, and three media students were selected from AUD to take part.

This year’s CABSAT was bigger than ever before, bringing together industry professionals to discuss, debate, and showcase the latest technologies within the production, animation, photography and broadcasting sectors.

Children’s International Film Festival (CIFF)

DFTC was the strategic partner for the Children’s International Film Festival (CIFF), which opened in April under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture, Youth & Community Development in the UAE. CIFF’s second edition featured 120 films from 60 countries, 53 of which were made by school students in the UAE, and provided an ideal platform for young talent to showcase their creativity. The UAE achieved great success in the competition, with students from DPS Sharjah winning Best International Costume Design by a Child for Life, the Journey, and students from JESS Jumeirah winning Best International Production Design by a Child for Selfish Magic.
On Set in Dubai
Hera Pheri

The show: Hera Pheri

The director: Neeraj Vora

The stars: John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan, Suneil Shetty, Paresh Rawal

Featured Dubai locations: Zabeel Park, Creek Park, Mamzar, Hatta, Al Barsha, Garhoud

Jeeto Pakistan

The show: Jeeto Pakistan

The director: Kamran

Celebrity host: Fahad Musatafa

Featured Dubai location: Al Nasr

Master Chef India

The show: Master Chef India

The director: Vinod Vijayan

Celebrity chef: Sanjeev Kapoor

Featured Dubai locations: The Atlantis, Global Village, Downtown Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Sheikh Zayed Road

Dubai London Dubai

The show: Dubai London Dubai

The director: Jamaan Saleh Al Rowaiei

The stars: Roaa, Saud Al Kaabi, Abdul Aziz Jasam

Featured Dubai locations: The Palm Jumeirah, Downtown Dubai, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Healthcare City, Souk Al Bahar, Al Aweer, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall
Spotlight on Locations
Palm Jumeirah
Location of the Month –
The Palm Jumeirah
The Palm Jumeirah was launched in 2001, and is one of the world’s largest man-made islands and a renowned residential and tourist destination, featuring luxury villas, resorts, restaurants and world-class hotels.

The Palm is also an iconic filming location, with stunning views of Dubai, 5 star hotels, and beautiful beaches, and films and TV series from around the world, such as Happy New Year and Welcome Back, have chosen The Palm as their filming destination.
Internship Opportunity for Star Trek
Delighted to Announce the ‪Star Trek‬ Internship Program!

In line with its commitment towards nurturing talent and supporting the growth of the local film industry, The Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC), has announced an exciting internship programme for aspiring filmmakers to gain first-hand film-making experience on the Star Trek production journey in Dubai.

The internship programme is running from 13 September to 15 October 2015, and will offer young filmmakers the opportunity to participate in both the pre-production and filming phases of the movie. During the programme, interns will learn about the structure and organisation of a film set, and will gain hands-on experience across a range of departments, including production office, assistant director, locations, hair and make-up, set design, wardrobe and VFX.

Jamal Al Sharif, Chairman of Dubai Film and TV Commission, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this exciting opportunity to aspiring filmmakers, who will have the chance to gain international exposure, learn about new aspects of the film industry and earn valuable on-set experience. The interns will also have the chance to be part of a global franchise, engage with renowned industry professionals, and learn about the advanced facilities and infrastructure that Dubai offers as a filming destination.”
A Growing Footprint –
DFTC's Participation at Industry Events
  • AFCI Locations Show – 5-7 March 2015, Dubai, UAE
    AFCI Locations Show brings together hundreds of filmmakers and film commissioners, to showcase locations, support and financial incentives worldwide.

  • CABSAT – 8-10 March 2015, Dubai, UAE
    CABSAT is the MENA region’s largest broadcast, digital media and satellite expo, bringing together industry professionals to discuss, debate and showcase the latest technologies within the production, animation, photography and broadcasting sectors. With more than 900 exhibitors and 200,000 visitors, CABSAT plays a major role in supporting Dubai’s aim to become the destination of choice for productions around the world.

  • Cannes Film Festival – 13-24 May 2015, Cannes, France
    Cannes Film Festival takes place every year during the second fortnight of May, and is one of the most prestigious and publicised film festivals in the world, bringing together the world’s leading actors, writers, directors and producers.

  • Industry Insider Session – 14 September 2015, Dubai, UAE
    The Dubai Film and TV Commission recently hosted an Industry Insider Session. The networking event provides an opportunity for the production community to discuss industry related issues, voice concerns, and open more business opportunities within the media production industry.

  • American Film Market – 4-11 November 2015, Santa Monica, USA
    Come visit us at the Dubai Stand 5J.
    The business of independent motion picture production and distribution – a truly collaborative process – reaches its peak every year at the American Film Market. Over 8,000 industry leaders converge in Santa Monica for eight days of deal-making, screenings, seminars, networking and parties. Participants come from over 80 countries and include acquisition and development executives, agents, attorneys, directors, distributors, festival directors, financiers, film commissioners, producers, writers, the world’s press all those who provide services to the motion picture industry. With 8,000 attendees, 700 screenings, and the industry’s largest Conferences, the American Film Market continues to be the pivotal destination for independent filmmakers and business people from all over the world.

The Dubai Film and TV Commission Team
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