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.
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.
Speaking to BroadcastPro, Saeed Al Janahi, Director of Operations at DFTC said: “Film permits in Dubai were issued within three working days through the Film Commission previously and this is already the fastest time frame in the world. We have now decided to outdo ourselves by offering this within one day to keep the producers and directors focused on the creativity of their projects. Moreover, I would like to thank our customers for their valuable feedback and our board members, Dubai Police, Media Office, Dubai Municipality, RTA, Department of Economic Development, Dubai Tourism, Jumeirah Group, Emirates, Dubai Studio City and Dubai International Film Festival for their continuous support."
Al Janahi also confirmed that DFTC is planning to issue permits for aerial filming online.