Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Tuesday, May 20th 2014
Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC) has released the first ‘Film Dubai Production Guide’ – a
comprehensive resource listing information about locations, talent and advice on filming and
producing in Dubai. DFTC has launched the guide at Cannes Film Festival, one of the most
prestigious events on the film calendar, where it is participating with other UAE film industry entities
to showcase what the UAE has to offer international filmmakers.
The directory is the first guide of its type in the emirate and forms part of DFTC’s ongoing strategy
to simplify and streamline film and TV production in the emirate. It will act as a one-stop resource for
information about filming in Dubai, connecting professionals from across every aspect of the
The guide contains in-depth information on all aspects of filming in Dubai including permissions
required, licensing and location details, as well as information to help production companies source
talent such as locally-based freelancers, technicians, and location scouts. The guide will be
distributed across DFTC’s network of film professionals and industry stakeholders.
Speaking from Cannes, Jamal Al Sharif, Chairman of Dubai Film and TV Commission, commented:
“DFTC is committed to simplifying the filming process in Dubai, while also providing as much
exposure for local, regional and international filmmakers. By providing a one-stop resource of
information about where, how and who to film with in Dubai, the guide will help filmmakers to
connect easily with fellow professionals and assemble a world-class team for pre and post-
Dubai has seen over 7,000 productions filmed in the emirate across a variety of genres and from all
corners of the globe. In 2013, DFTC facilitated productions including two major Bollywood
blockbusters, Happy New Year and Welcome Back, several Arabic TV series, and episodes of
MasterChef Australia. DFTC continues to attract international productions to Dubai in 2014,
including the world famous Bold and the Beautiful series, the German production, Cruise Into
Happiness and MasterChef Arabia.
The Film Dubai Production Guide was designed and produced by Content Advertising, the
professional advertising and marketing service provider. To obtain a copy of the guide, please visit
About Dubai Film and TV Commission
The Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC) was created in May 2012 by Executive Decree #16 of
Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the
Executive Council. DFTC is mandated to support greater media production in Dubai. DFTC promotes
Dubai as a shooting and production location to the film and television industry locally, regionally
and internationally. It assists productions in Dubai by serving as a one-stop shop for producers, film
crews and filmmakers to ensure that filming in Dubai is as easy and efficient as possible.
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