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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.