Dubai locations on the big screen 

Dubai locations on the big screen 

Futuristic architecture and a distinctive style are characteristics of Dubai which extend to the film industry. Many movies have been filmed in Dubai over the years, showcasing the city’s stunning real estate and breathtaking landscapes. Today, foreign buyers are provided with opportunities not only to purchase affordable property for sale in Dubai but also to live in close proximity to famous homes and buildings shown on the big screen.   

5 well-known movies where we can spot Dubai’s real estate 

Exceptional interiors, exclusive designs and breathtaking architecture – what else can we observe in the movies? Let’s take a closer look at 5 well-known movies which feature Dubai’s iconic property: 

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

The Mission: Impossible franchise was partly filmed in one of the international architectural wonders: Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. Tom Cruise famously scaled the skyscraper’s exterior for a thrilling action sequence that left audiences on the edge of their seats.

In the film you can also see the Armani Hotel, the artificial island Palm Jumeirah, and the Zabeel Saray Hotel as locations for some of the main scenes. The latter was used to depict an Indian Palace. We can enjoy intricate marble floors, red carpets and luminous chandeliers decorated with elaborate sculptures.

Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek‘s 2016 movie Star Trek Beyond was partially filmed in Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Residence. The futuristic cityscape of Dubai provided the perfect backdrop for the sci-fi epic, with the city’s towering skyscrapers and sleek architecture lending an air of otherworldliness to the film.

Other popular locations depicted in the film are the Burj Al Arab, Al Mas Tower, Central Park and Meydan. The futuristic architecture and the robust infrastructure of the city make it a leading destination for filmmaking.

Star Trek Beyond

Syriana (2005)

The political thriller Syriana was partially filmed in Dubai’s iconic Burj Al Arab hotel. The luxurious property served as a background for several major scenes, including a tense meeting between two of the film’s main characters.

The most talented designers have created the exclusive interior of the Burj Al Arab and in order to emphasise its exclusive luxury and the spirit of wealth, for the hotel rooms and halls they used about 1590 m² of gold foil, as well as the best kinds of natural materials, precious and semi-precious stones, natural wood and leather.

Bang Bang (2014)

The Bollywood action movie Bang Bang was partially filmed in Dubai’s Atlantis, The Palm hotel. The film’s stars frolick on the hotel’s private beach and enjoy many amenities and beauties of the resort.

Atlantis the Palm is designed in Arabian style and resembles a majestic palace from a fairytale. In the background of several scenes in the movie, we can enjoy frescoes depicting mythological creatures – Atlanteans and several oceanariums decorated with imitations of the famous ruins of the Arabian Peninsula. 


Happy New Year (2014)

The Bollywood heist movie Happy New Year also chose Dubai’s Atlantis, The Palm hotel for some of it’s filming. The film’s climax takes place in the hotel’s grand ballroom, with the characters attempting to pull off a daring robbery during a New Year’s Eve celebration.

Famous frescoes in the large lobby of the hotel are depicted in the film. The producer has stated that the hotel was a perfect location for a film short because of the combination of ancient and modern elements. 

What makes Dubai a great destination for filmmaking?

Firstly there a wide variety of filming locations. Directors can choose from high mountains, a large desert and impressive buildings. The city also has a unique combination of traditional and contemporary elements, which provides filmmakers with an abundance of options.

Secondly, Dubai is brimming with high-quality accommodation. It is easy to find suitable accommodation for cast and crew, from luxury hotels to serviced apartments. Stylish houses and premium hotels in Dubai feature dynamic architecture and luxury interiors which look stunning on the big screen. 

And lastly, let’s not forget the aerial views. Dubai’s skyline is one of the most impressive in the world, offering impressive aerial views that can add high impact.

In conclusion

Dubai’s stunning real estate and breathtaking landscapes have created a perfect background for scores of movies over the years. Engaging thrillers, romantic comedies, and the biggest blockbusters have displayed the city’s iconic properties. By showcasing these on the big screen, these movies have helped cement Dubai’s reputation as a city of luxury and glamour.

If you want to live in the atmosphere created in these films, you can seek assistance from the real estate agency AX Capital. These specialists in Dubai will select suitable housing at relevant prices for you to live in a fairytale!

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