Producing in this region has never been more attractive thanks to a 30% rebate offer from the Abu Dhabi Film Commission. Full of diverse and expansive locations such as vast deserts, modern cityscapes, mountains and historic forts Abu Dhabi is the perfect setting for all genres of film.
In partnership with the Abu Dhabi Film Commission, Abu Dhabi is being promoted as a shooting location for film and television. Filmmakers looking to source crews, equipment and production services locally where feasible are eligible to receive a 30% cash rebate for shooting movies and television in Abu Dhabi, an incentive which is highly competitive when considering that Abu Dhabi is also a tax-free jurisdiction.
Examples of Hollywood feature films that have been shot in Abu Dhabi include “Deliver us from Evil”, “The Kingdom”, “The Bourne Legacy”, “Syriana” and, more recently, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Fast & Furious 7”. Abu Dhabi can provide settings beyond just desert landscapes, ranging from futuristic looking megacities for science fiction films to grittier locations that can double for places in Iraq and Afghanistan. A key feature that should appeal to international film productions, in addition to a near guarantee of blue skies year round, is the 30% cash rebate.