The city of skyscrapers in the middle of the desert – this is the common description of Dubai, which is now one of the most popular tourist destinations. Dubai captivates everyone not only by its architecture with high glass skyscrapers, but also by its stunning nature, wild deserts and endless sea. That is why many filmmakers are choosing this city for shooting movies. This way we’ ve compiled a list of the famous films that were shot in Dubai.
There is hardly anyone who hasn’t dreamed of being in the place of the main characters of the movie Fast and Furious. We are happy to inform you that this is absolutely real, in the UAE car rental services are widely used. Everyone can find a model of the vehicle for themselves, even luxury car rental in Dubai is possible for a small amount of money. All you need is to visit the website of the car rental company and choose a car and the time of its hire in advance. The scenic highways of the city are perfect for taking a ride in a sports car and surely will create the effect of a movie.
1. Syriana, 2005
In this suspenseful political thriller, the plot builds on the story where an oil company executive is preparing to make a deal with a sheik from an oil-rich Middle Eastern country, and at the same time experiencing a serious family tragedy. This action movie was filmed in 10 different locations in the United States, Morocco, Egypt, Switzerland, and including the UAE, in the Dubai desert.
2. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, 2011
One of the most famous and beloved blockbusters, consisting of several parts called “Mission Impossible” was filmed in Dubai, now we are talking about the fourth part, called “Ghost Protocol”. The scene in which Tom Cruise’s character hangs from a skyscraper at a height of almost 800 meters was filmed in Dubai at the highest building in the world, Burj Khalifa. This scene can be safely considered a cult, because Tom Cruise did this stunt without a double actor.
3. Kung Fu Yoga, 2017
This is the story of a famous archeology professor from China, played by Jackie Chan. The main characters travel with a young Indian professor looking for missing treasure in Tibet. The treasure hunt brings them to Dubai, where Jackie Chan’s character tries to take the treasure from the kidnappers. The movie “Armor of God: In Search of Treasure” was filmed in Dubai for nearly a month. You can see the main sights of the city, including Palm Jumeirah Island, the Dubai Marina district, the Rub al-Hali desert and the grand hippodrome for camel racing Al Maram. Also, Jackie Chan was filmed in the UAE in his new movie called “Vanguard”.
4. Star Trek Beyond, 2016
The production of this film began back in 2014, when the producer of the movie chose Dubai as the city of the future, which suits the setting of the film perfectly. A starfleet space team explores the uncharted depths of space. The film depicts the skyscrapers of a city that transports the viewer to the world of the future. We highly recommend that you watch these films especially in case you are planning a trip to Dubai, because afterwards you can walk around the city and compare the scenes from the films with real life.