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4 blockbusters filmed in the United Arab Emirates

The United States or Europe are not the only filming locations that directors are happy with. In recent years, the Middle East has been able to pull out all the stops and turn its landscapes, sometimes desert and sometimes green, into perfect settings for film. Focus on four blockbusters that were shot in the United Arab Emirates.

6 Underground (2019)

Expected on December 13 on the Netflix platform, Michael Bay’s action film “6 Underground” follows six individuals from all over the world, all the best in their field, and chosen not only for their skills but also for their unique desire to erase their past to change the future. The gang is brought together by an enigmatic leader, whose sole objective is to ensure that everyone will be forgotten but that their actions, for sure, will survive them.


While the film takes place in many well-known cities, most of the stunts, car chases and other breathtaking scenes were shot in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Thus, several passages of the film highlight the Emirati heritage such as the Aldar HQ, the largest spherical building in the region, the Sheikh Zayed Bridge, the Abu Dhabi Louvre and the famous Sheikh Zayed Mosque.

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

The huge success of 2016, the third part of Star Trek’s reboot, “Star Trek Beyond”, plunges us into an even more epic adventure of the USS Enterprise and its daring crew, which explores the unexplored confines of space and must face, like the entire Federation, a new threat.


Writers including Simon Pegg traveled to the Emirati capital and areas of Dubai rich in impressive buildings were chosen to form the “Yorktown Starbase” in the film, this starship, peaceful, prosperous and home to a wide variety of people and species. To make these shots even more futuristic, special effects have been added, for a simply magical effect.

Fast and Furious 7 (2015)

In this seventh installment of the Fast and Furious saga, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and the entire team are back for new adventures against a new enemy, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), who came to avenge his older brother.


As part of the filming, the teams set up in Abu Dhabi to create impressive scenes, including those during which the film’s viewers had the opportunity to admire O’Conner and Toretto, driving the W Motors group’s Lykan Hypersport, hit the three towers of Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Towers complex, one of the world’s tallest buildings, reaching heights of over 300 meters.

Mission impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011)

In this epic part of the Mission Impossible saga, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) must find a way to clear the Mission Impossible (MFI) agency suspected of being involved in a terrorist attack in the Kremlin. The agency’s “Ghost Protocol” operation was then launched and Agent Ethan hunt, deprived of resources and reinforcements, had to fulfil his mission.


The highlight of Mission impossible: Ghost Protocol, remains that moment when Ethan Hunt, using his pair of electromagnetic gloves, climbs with one hand up the Burj Khalifa, the highest tower in the world. Thanks to the 830 meters of this tower, spectators were able to have an unobstructed view of Dubai, including its International Financial Centre and its artificial archipelago The Palm Jumeirah.

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Published on 11 October 2019


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