Top 6 Movies That were Shot in Dubai

Dubai is one of the most scenic locations around the globe. It’s a popular tourist destination and attracts interest from everywhere. Hence it doesn’t come as a surprise that most movie directors choose Dubai when they are looking to shoot at scenic and astonishing locations with eye catching background. Many movies over the years have been shot in Dubai and if anything, the background of the location has only attracted the audiences. Here we look at some of the top movies which were shot in popular locations in Dubai, such as at the top of Burj Khalifa.

Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Ghost Protocol is the fourth installment of the famous series of Mission Impossible. The movie is a thriller, full of action and stunts, which gives you a hair raising experience. The USP of the movie was the phenomenal stunt by Tom Cruise at the top of Burj Khalifa. In this scene, Tom, in the character Ethan Hunt, is seen hanging on the Burj Khalifa. 23 days and 400 crew members is what was required to complete this one stunt alone. This iconic stunt with a stunning background is still talked about, for such was how awesome it was.


Welcome is one of the funniest movies ever made in Bollywood. One can watch it again and again and still it will just about manage to tickle your funny bone. There were many scenes in the movie which were shot in Dubai. A scene of the Grand Hyatt hotel where Nana Patekar throws a party is just hilarious to watch and the background adds to the screenplay as well. Other locations covered in the movie were the Dragon Mart and of course the Burj Khalifa.

Wall Street – Money Never Sleeps

Although this movie is predominantly set up in New York, but some of the swankier scenes have been shot in the Dubai region. Many beautiful locations have been covered as a backdrop to the important scenes in the movie. The viewer feels justified with some of the scenes shot in Dubai as they go well with the storyline and also adds to the overall depiction as well as the depth of the movie.

Happy New Year

Most of this movie is shot in Dubai since the entire story revolves around a dance competition in Dubai. Atlantis, The Palm hotel was chosen for majority of the shooting. Even the climax, which includes the Dance competition, was held at Atlantis. One of the songs was shot at the Dubai mall as well. Many other locations and backdrops can also be seen in the entire duration of the movie which definitely adds a unique beauty to the movie.

Star Wars – The Force Awakens

The seventh edition of this popular movie series was primarily shot in the Dubai desert. Viewers can easily spot familiar locations in and nearby Dubai throughout the movie. Many other things, which include a giant space shuttle and an amazing outer space set, were all built in the popular desert of Dubai. This movie consists of the essence of Dubai and the city compliments the movie in every aspect of the word possible.

Fast and Furious 7

This spectacular movie, which was released a couple of years ago, garnered huge success and earned a lot money. A good portion of the movie was shot in Dubai, especially at the Etihad towers in Abu Dhabi. The producers used American sound stages for all the scenes shot at the Etihad Towers which added a lot of depth and excitement to the movie overall. Some other locations were also depicted as a background and it provided a stunning backdrop as well for the viewers.

The Bottom Line

So, here we saw some of the top movies which were shot in the exotic and stunning locations of Dubai. While some covered the famous hotels such as the Atlantis, others covered the popular Dubai desert. There were also some which were shot at the top of Burj Khalifa. Most of these movies went on to be superhits, earning huge amounts of money. Was it the Dubai effect? We leave it on you to decide.

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