Dubai Studio City, Mission Impossible 4, Jamal Al Sharif, BroadcastPro Middle East, Filming in Dubai
Dubai Studio City has provided several soft incentives to Paramount so as to make Dubai attractive for the filming of Mission Impossible 4, BroadcastPro has learnt.
“It’s a big film and we’ve been working on it for some time,” Jamal Al Sharif, MD of Dubai Studio City and Dubai Media City told BroadcastPro.
Al Sharif stated that this was the biggest shoot undertaken in the country and the project called for a lot of coordination between various government departments.
“Without exaggerating, some scenes will require 800 people on set. It is normal for Hollywood and Bollywood to handle such capacity but now, Dubai has shown that it can also handle it by collaborating with various departments to secure the locations, take care of the logistics, the backlot where they are going to build the sets and so on,” he added.
While a lot of action has been sighted at International Media Production Zone (IMPZ), Al Sharif declined to comment on this.
He, however, confirmed that DSC provided several soft incentives to make shooting in Dubai attractive although he added that these incentives would vary from project to project.
“We do not have a structured incentive programme. We like to provide customised services to clients to match their business in Dubai. We have worked with many hotels and furnished apartments to drop their rates for this project.
The services provided by the Civil Defence, the Royal Airforce, the RTA, Ministry of Defence and many departments, waiving off customs fees on the equipment that is being brought into the country, and providing multiple entry visas or work permits within 48 hours are some of the ways in which we offer soft incentives,” he stated.
Al Sharif also hinted that a large quantity of equipment that is being brought into Dubai may remain here for another major international film, although he declined to comment further.