The film "Wojooh Moharama" focussing on three generations in Riyadh is one of 20 Arabic productions filmed in Abu Dhabi since 2013.
Arabic actress Mayssa Maghrebi will be appearing both in front of the camera and behind it in the new movie Wojooh Moharama, which is being filmed with the support of twofour54 Abu Dhabi, the latest Arabic production to be shot in the Emirate.
Mayssa is directing and starring in the film, which is currently shooting on the twofour54 backlot in Kizad. Wojooh Moharama also stars legendary actress Toha as well as a number of actors from Saudi Arabia. The story focusses on three different generations of people in Riyadh, starting in the 1970s moving on to the 1980s and 2000s and then leads to the present day.
twofour54 provided production services, post production facilities as well as the use of the backlot at the Khalifa Industrial Zone (KIZAD). The productions crew consists of some 60 media professionals, many of whom are from Abu Dhabis pool of freelancers.
Commenting on the production, H.E. Maryam Eid AlMheiri, CEO of Media Zone Authority Abu Dhabi and twofour54, said: Our vision is for Abu Dhabi to be the Capital for content creators and a vital part of that goal is supporting the production of quality Arabic content, not only for producers from the region but for creatives from across the Arab world.
The productions made here in Abu Dhabi are helping Arabic filmmakers tell the stories of our region to the world. They opening a window into our incredible culture and people.”
Abu Dhabi has seen a surge in interest as a location for Arabic dramas in recent years with more than 20 filming in the Emirate since 2013. Last year saw more than 10 Arabic TV productions filmed in Abu Dhabi.
The backlot at KIZAD includes three sets, as well as facilities for costume, make up and dressing rooms, plus a canteen and production offices. It has been used for numerous Arabic dramas, including popular TV series Al Asouf, as well as major movies, such as Tiger Zinda Hai, one of the biggest Bollywood hits of all time.
And, earlier this year, plans were revealed to expand film and TV productions facilities even further with the development of twofour54s Studio City at Mina Zayed, a 300,000sqm backlot and studio complex that is under development. It will feature an outdoor film set, a permanent backlot and studios for productions of all sizes, from small local projects to Hollywood and Bollywood blockbusters.
This will be complemented by twofour54s move to a new home on Yas Island from 2020. twofour54 is home to more than 470 media firms from around the world, including CNN, Ubisoft, and Apple. The zone is also home to some 650 freelancers.
The new home will be part of the Yas Bay development taking shape on the southern end of Yas Island and will increase the capacity of the free zone by 30% with the option to expand even further by 2030. The built-for-purpose home will feature offices, TV studios, retail spaces, and recreation facilities.