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To boldly go: Your guide to movies that have been shot in the UAE

Star Trek Beyond, which opened on Thursday, is the first of four major movies that were partly filmed in the UAE. James Gabrillo charts how they made use of local resources, assistance and locations.
Anton Yelchin, Chris Pine and John Cho appear in a scene from, Star Trek Beyond. AP
Anton Yelchin, Chris Pine and John Cho appear in a scene from, Star Trek Beyond. AP

Star Trek Beyond, which opened on Thursday, is the first of four major movies that were partly filmed in the UAE. This chart shows how they made use of local resources, assistance and locations.

Dishoom:

The director: Rohit Dhawan

The stars: John Abraham, Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Akshaye Khanna

The buzz: A fast-paced Bollywood action-adventure flick spiced up by a musical number by Parineeti Chopra.

The story: When a top Indian cricket star is kidnapped in Abu Dhabi, a manhunt ensues led by two cops (Abraham and Dhawan).

The shoot: Abu Dhabi is the star of the film’s trailer, with scenes shot in Zayed Cricket Stadium, Yas Marina, Ferrari World – and even an

Adnoc petrol station.

Release date: In cinemas now

Star Trek Beyond

The director: Justin Lin.

The stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Idris Elba, Karl Urban.

The buzz: A thrilling galactic adventure by the Fast and Furious director.

The story: The crew of the USS ­Enterprise are attacked by an unknown wave of aliens that forces them to abandon ship. Marooned on a distant planet, they face a mysterious new enemy.

The shoot: Look out for scenes filmed at the Jumeirah Lakes Towers metro station, the Dubai International Financial Centre and Sheikh Zayed Road.

Release date: In cinemas now

War Machine

The director: David Michôd.

The stars: Brad Pitt, Topher Grace, Tilda Swinton, Anthony Michael Hall, Ben Kingsley.

The buzz: The satirical comedy is streaming platform Netflix’s biggest film production to date.

The story: Based on The Operators, a nonfiction book by journalist Michael Hastings detailing his experiences covering the war in Afghanistan.

The shoot: Abu Dhabi stands in for Kabul, with the Abu Dhabi Media compound transformed to become the American embassy in the Afghan capital. Scenes were also filmed in Ras Al Khaimah, the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the Abu Dhabi New York Film Academy and the Abu Dhabi desert. The film features 500 extras from the UAE.

Release date: TBA, expected this year

Kung Fu Yoga

The director: Stanley Tong. The stars: Jackie Chan, Aarif Rahman, Disha Patani, Amyra Dastur, Sonu Sood.

The buzz: This Chinese production staring the 62-year-old martial-arts star was filmed in Dubai, Beijing and India.

The story: A multilingual action comedy about an archaeology professor (Chan), whose search for a lost Indian treasure takes him around the world.

The shoot: Scenes were shot at Dubai Marina Walk and Atlantis The Palm. A car chase was also filmed in The ­Boulevard in Downtown Dubai.

Release date: Expected January

Updated: July 24, 2016 04:00 AM

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