Filming Permits

Film and TV production professionals know that Abu Dhabi is a production ready place with generous financial incentives, location diversity, production resources and professional support to make any size production a true success. Film permits are required for film-related activity, commercial film, video or still photo shoots that are conducted in Abu Dhabi. We are here to help you with all procedures necessary to film in Abu Dhabi.

Script/Treatment clearance requirements:
All scripts, treatments, storyboards, and series synopsis need to be approved by the National Media Council in advance of any production.
Fee: AED 1,000
Duration: depends on the size of the treatment – average of 2 to 3 weeks.

Public and Private Ground permits requirements:
Public property such as roads and streets, sidewalks, or in parks, beaches or public buildings. To film in private locations such as residential properties, you will need to apply directly to the property owner to obtain written permission.
Fee: AED 500 application fee and AED 100 per month
Duration: average of 15 to 20 working days

Aerial permit requirements:
Aerial filming permit application
Fee: AED 1,000 per event
Duration: average of 25 to 30 working days

If you still have questions related to filming in Abu Dhabi, we highly recommend that you visit Abu Dhabi Film Commission website where you can see the latest movies shot in Abu Dhabi, download permit forms and read the FAQ.