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Hi! We present to you our Story Planet GO platform, thanks to which you will be able to easily travel in the footsteps of the heroes of your favorite books and movies. We are at the Middle East Film & Comic Con in Abu Dhabi this year. You can meet us from March 4 to 6 at ADNEC Halls 8 & 9 at stand 7B.18. See you there! :)

Dubai in movies. What is behind the scenes of the city of prosperity?

Dubai is a relatively young city. Nevertheless, for years it has been going head to head with the largest metropolises in the world in competition for the richest infrastructure, the largest skyscraper and the most unique entertainment for tourists. The pace of the city’s development is overwhelming. Every now and then we can see new buildings and highways. The rich ventures that Dubai’s founders are investing in even include man-made islands such as the well-known Palm Jumeirah and The World.
Many picky visitors will be impressed by the unique charm of the city. Beautiful soaring skyscrapers that look as if they were made of gold are breathtaking, and the Burj Khalifa towering over them all completes the impression of splendor and wealth. The streets here are extremely clean and, in addition, safe – you can walk through them without fear that your life or your wallet will be at risk. However, it should be remembered that even such an international place as Dubai is still an Islamic city. Traveling there, you should bear in mind certain rules, which, if not followed, may end up in serious problems. These rules include, for example, the prohibition of drinking alcohol in public places. There are specific premises for such kind of pleasure, licensed to sell alcohol.

That said, let’s move on to the cinematic side of the famous (and infamous) city. Although there were several hundred films shot in Dubai, we can distinguish only a few films from America or Europe. The city made its American film debut in 2005 in Michael Winterbottom’s “Codex 46”, although the scenes of soaring skyscrapers were filmed without permission. A year later, the fully legal film “Syriana” by Stephen Gaghan was made, with George Clooney in the lead role. In turn, Tom Cruise in 2011 jumped on the Burj Khalifa during the filming of scenes from the movie “Mission Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol”. The American actor himself hung from the wall of the largest building in the world at a height of about 130 floors, without the participation of a stuntman. Among other world’s productions, it is also worth mentioning “Star Trek Beyond” by Justin Lin, as well as “Kung Fu Yoga” by Stanley Tong, movies from 2016 and 2017. The actor who starred in the latter, Jackie Chan, is a regular at Dubai and he is actively involved in Arab culture.

We will surely see it again in next film productions. I wonder what other ideas for showing the Arab city of the future will be offered to us by directors.


– a short story about a powerful city grown in the desert – a new trail in the StoryPlanetGo app!

The city of splendor, the pearl of the desert, winner of 130 Guinness World Records. A hundred years ago a small fishing village, today one of the most cosmopolitan places in the world. And the most visited. In 2018, more than 17 million tourists came here! It is the fourth most visited city in the world, after Bangkok, London and Paris. Over the past half-century, the sands of the desert have given rise to a place that is a tax haven, the heart of global business and tourism. Dubai is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, but also one of the most magnificent and richest in the world. It is a place of endless possibilities. There is something for everyone here. I have the impression that it can be visited endlessly.

This trail will show you only a tiny part of the place, to which you have to keep coming back and rediscover its cultural richness. Tourists usually travel around Dubai by cars (cabs) or metro. It is not a pedestrian-friendly city. However, this trail lays out the route you need to take on foot. It is not long. If you’re in a hurry and don’t intend to visit the buildings, you can walk it in as little as a few dozen minutes. However, if you want to see all the attractions we write about here, even reserve a whole day! We will focus on Downtown Dubai – the heart of the city, a must-see place for tourists, where there are modern, famous buildings, fountains, five-star hotels, world-class shopping malls and beautiful promenades, but also a green place of rest (Burj Park) and one of the biggest cultural attractions – Dubai Opera.

What will you see on the trail The Dubai Downtown – a short story about a powerful city grown in the desert

  1. Burj Khalifa – the building from The Guinness World Records Book
  2. The Burj Lake and the extraordinary fountains
  3. The Dubai Mall – the largest shopping mall
  4. Souk Al Bahar – a pinch of traditional culture in a modern metropolis
  5. The Dubai Opera – high culture in the heart of the luxury district