Why Abu Dhabi is the production hub of choice for Bollywood filmmakers

Abu Dhabi has become the Middle Eastern production hub of choice for filmmakers – in fact it was the only Middle Eastern city to be listed in the top international filming locations in 2014 by P3 magazine.

Bollywood movies like Bang Bang and Baby, Hollywood movies Furious 7 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, TV series Bold and the Beautiful, BBC’s Top Gear and many more have been shot in Abu Dhabi. The Abu Dhabi Film Commission, which is part of twofour54, a Media Zone Authority Company is responsible for all the necessary processes for filmmakers to ensure their experience in the Emirate is of the highest international standards.

Paul Baker is the executive director of Film & TV services at twofour54, as well as overseeing Abu Dhabi Film commission. In his role, Paul is responsible for the operations and ongoing development of content production in Abu Dhabi. Paul Baker mentioned India to be the production hub with the best quality crew.

The Head of the Abu Dhabi Film Commission, Michael (Mick) Flannigan, is an experienced filmmaker.

Mick has produced over 40 feature films. Most recently Mick has served as the Head of Production for the Hollywood movie 2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, Escape Plan, starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg and Eric Bana. Mick spoke about the incentive with infrastructure architecture – USD 2.5 billion equipment, with over 300 technicians available in Abu Dhabi.

Kulmeet Makkar, in his current role as the Chief Executive Officer of the Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd, highlighted the beauty of location with the friendly people around and releasing a film incentive guide by any producer body with the booklet as a ready reckon.

Mukesh Bhatt, the President of the Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd, spoke about his upcoming film Hamari Adhuri Kahani which is set to release on June 12, 2015, and mentioned about how a filmmaker sees the location with heart. Abu Dhabi is geographically so close to Bollywood that is the biggest production house in Asia. Also it is culturally well connected. They have so much to offer with variety of locations and other facilities.

The team announced new Bollywood production Dishoom to be shot in Abu Dhabi. Dishoom is directed by Rohit Dhawan, produced by Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment Pvt Ltd, a third generation film production company that traces its foundation to a family celebrating over 50 years in the film industry. It will be an Eros International presentation. ​ The producer fraternities like Ramesh Sippy, Govind Nihalani, Manmohan Shetty, Shital Bhatia were also present.


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