Dubai bans ‘Sex and the City’ shoot

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TV SERIES: Actress Sarah Jessica Parker, who plays Carrie in 'Sex in the City'. (Getty Images)

TV SERIES: Actress Sarah Jessica Parker, who plays Carrie in 'Sex in the City'. (Getty Images)

The big-screen sequel of the infamous TV series ‘Sex and the City’ has hit a stumbling block, after UAE authorities reportedly blocked a move to film a number of scenes in Dubai.

Plans to base a part of the plot in the emirate are now on hold, a source told US Weekly, as the show’s salacious content is seen to be at odds with the UAE’s more conservative culture.

“The UAE authorities aren't keen on the title because of the word 'sex',” the source said.

The news is a second blow for the production team behind the film, which has reportedly already postponed filming in New York until the end of August.

Studio bosses are hoping the sequel will match the massive success of last year’s movie debut, which grossed more than $400m at the worldwide box office.

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Posted by: Ali

It's going to be called Love In The City to get around local censorship problems. Time Out already said this a long time ago.

Posted by: Arjunng

I'm an be it....i'm gonna have a nice time to talk about this topic when i get home. Everyone does....I like the comments on this topic here in this forum.....but it really dosen't change anything and i know about it. Good going guys....Jai Ho Dubai!!!!!!!


A dare step by the authorities after all. Well done.

Posted by: bewildered of dubai

what a load of claptrap. Didnt they know the title before they agreed to the filming in the first place? If they are so concerned, just rename the episode, "sox in the city" or "Sucks in the City" Any objections??

Posted by: Nicola

Dear Abdul, I am a business owner and since almost ten years I employ people of 14 nationalities who belong to several different religions, therefore your etnicity doesn't influence me. Moreover my first language is not English but living in Dubai I had to improve it. Nevertheless my picking on "viry" wasn't intentional for insulting anyone, but implicitly underlining that a person who is not so at hand with english did judge a serial based on it's title which included the word "sex" rather than the film's scenes and contents. This is unacceptable as it would be unacceptable for me judging an arabic film based on its title. I have lived in Dubai for the last five years and in the GCC for the last eleven. Most of my friends are Arabs and I think I know how to live in respect of the local customs and low, and for this reason I have never had the slightest trouble. But I can assure you that when I hear anyone judging a film for its title I can't possibly answer with serious if not hilarious attitude. If she had otherwise commented on the film scenes, agreed or disagreed, trust me I would have respected any outcome regardless of my thoughts on its contents. Thanks for your comment and regards. Nicola

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