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Where to see Dubai on the Hollywood big screen

Mon, August 24, 2020

Take a Hollywood-inspired tour of the hottest spots in the city, as featured in timeless blockbusters.

Take a Hollywood-inspired tour of the hottest spots in the city, as featured in timeless blockbusters.

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Star Trek Beyond (2016)

Dubai's futuristic skyline has featured in sci-fi blockbuster Star Trek Beyond. Filmed in July 2015, Dubai features as a Federation Starbase known as YorkTown, that is encountered by the crew of the Starship Enterprise on their intergalactic journey. Neighbourhoods with sky-high towers, including Downtown Dubai and Jumeirah Lakes Towers, played a starring role and still draw in visitors looking to spot familiar architectural backdrops. The premiere in July 2016 coincided with the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek series, making it a big event for every sci-fi fan – and showcasing Dubai’s larger-than-life landmarks to the world. 
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

While fans the world over eagerly waited for the Star Wars film, UAE-based film aficionados looked forward to spotting familiar places with parts of the movie actually shot a short drive away from Dubai. As part of an extravagant set, a shuttle-like spacecraft, large tower and life-sized market were all built in the Abu Dhabi desert. Consider booking a desert safari from Dubai to experience the magical setting for yourself, complete with glamping options to stay overnight under the stars. You'll soon be dreaming of Skywalker and the gang.
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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

Burj Khalifa

The biggest-budget blockbuster ever to be filmed in Dubai, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol  the fourth movie in the franchise – is famous for the nail-biting stunt where Tom Cruise's character, Ethan Hunt, hangs off the Burj Khalifa. The Burj stunt alone took 23 days and required some 400 crew members on hand to ensure that bankable star Cruise, who insisted on doing the stunt himself, was kept safe at all times. While visitors can't recreate the scene themselves, they can scale the world's tallest tower by elevator and be rewarded with incredible skyline views from the At the Top observation deck.

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City of Life (2009)

Acclaimed Emirati director Ali F. Mostafa presided over City of Life, the first major English-language feature film to be shot entirely in Dubai. The movie, which sees the lives of an Arab man, an Indian taxi driver and a Romanian flight attendant collide, is a perfect portrayal of Dubai's real-life multicultural population. Shot in various locations, including Karama and Dubai Creek, the movie was a hit at home and made waves internationally, establishing Mostafa one of the region's most successful directors. Follow in the footsteps of the stars with a walking tour of the city's historical districts.
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Syriana (2005)

An all-star cast including George Clooney and Matt Damon star in this tense drama, which intertwines numerous storylines, including a dubious oil company merger, a visit from Arab royalty and an assassination plot. Director and screenwriter Stephen Gaghan decided that Dubai was the perfect location to shoot many of the epic desert scenes, and it's easy to see why with miles upon miles of pristine sands. If you're inspired to add some action to your next holiday, sign up for one of Dubai's many adventure-themed activities.

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