Star Trek movie locations in Dubai

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The beauty of Dubai’s buildings has already amazed the world. A number of films have come to Dubai and filmed scenes in the city, but the latest to stop in is Star Trek 3. The global city makes its way onto the big screen once again as the backdrop to a variety of scenes. 

See Dubai’s famous skyscrapers in the new Star Trek Beyond movie

Visit Dubai a.k.a Starbase Yorktown

Step into the future in the latest Star Trek Beyond – with Dubai’s cityscape playing a leading role as a vertical city in deep space. The film’s producers searched the globe looking for the right backdrop and settled on Dubai’s futuristic and technologically advanced cityscape. ‘We came searching for the future and we found it in Dubai’ said Executive Producer Jeffrey Chernov when he visited the city. Star Trek Beyond joins a cluster of hit movies to choose Dubai as a location. 

Dubai…resistance is futile

Meydan Racetrack, The Burj Al Arab and even the renowned Sheikh Zayed Road are some of the locations featured in the hit movie. The crew filmed for six months in Dubai bringing stars like Chris Pine, Idris Elba, Zachary Pinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana and John Cho, as well as recruiting local actors from Dubai.

‘Siteseeing’ in Dubai

Chernov was said to have been attracted to the city’s ultramodern look during the filming of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. They needed the look of a vertical city, a location, which could evoke the feeling of a future space frontier. It was a case of ‘scripts dictate locations or great locations dictate the script’. He would apparently drive around with his team in Dubai, spot something stop and say: “We have to figure out how to put that in the movie”.

See Starbase Yorktown in real life:

Dubai provides the backdrop to a variety of scenes in Star Trek Beyond as a Starbase called Yorktown, right on the edge of Federation space. The Enterprise docks up at Yorktown, and the scene is set for some sci-fi action. As Chris Pine who plays Captain Kirk in Star Trek Beyond said, “Dubai looks like whatever tomorrow would be… it’s ‘futureland’…”

But don’t take his word for it, check out our mini itinerary for Star Trek fans in Dubai.

1. The Base of Daman Tower:

This is as close to a ‘Starfleet building’ as you’ll ever get.

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2. JLT waterfront

See Dubai’s neighbourhoods, including JLT Waterfront where the first scenes of Yorktown Starbase were filmed.


3. Central Park Towers at DIFC


4. Flyby filming – along Sheikh Zayed Road and surrounding towers

Some of the scenes of Dubai were aerial shots filmed from a helicopter. Take your own flight and see the sights from above.

5. Al Mas Tower in Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC)

The top of this tower’s unique shaping is clearly spotted in the movie – with hardly any special effects.


6. Meydan Racetrack

While Meydan Racetrack provided the background with a sci-fi edge to it, you can take the edge off with a relaxed tour of the stables.

7. The Burj Al Arab

Find out more about this iconic building.

8. Dubai Metro

Dubai’s driverless above ground metro, which shoots between the skyscrapers of the city between the airport and Dubai Marina also features.
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