Dubai tipped to be TOWIE movie location

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Dubai is reportedly to be the location for the big-screen version of hit UK TV series The Only Way Is Essex.

UK tabloid The Sun reported on Friday that show bosses want to jet the cast off to the UAE city, with filming possibly starting within a few months.

The Only Way Is Essex, often abbreviated as TOWIE, is a British BAFTA award-winning television show based in Essex, England.

It purports to show "real people in modified situations, saying unscripted lines but in a structured way", with  shows filmed just a few days in advance of broadcast.

According to the Sun, previously departed stars of the show such as Mark Wright and Amy Childs could be welcomed back into the fold for the movie.

An insider told the paper: "There have been rumours of a TOWIE film for a while but bosses have now finally talked to the cast about it.

"Dubai would be the perfect place as it is the current hip destination for young Essex boys and girls and it would be a great sunny location to film in."

In December, Dubai launched a new initiative announced by Dubai's Crown Prince in May to attract international movie makers to the emirate.

Following an inaugural board meeting earlier this year, the Dubai Film and TV Commission was launched at the Dubai International Film Festival.

The commission, originally revealed by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, aims to promote Dubai as a leading film and production location.

The emirate's Burj Khalifa was famously used in part of Tom Cruise's latest Mission Impossible blockbuster.

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Posted by: Saudi Engineer

So when do we see Jersey Shore filmed in Dubai? Or why not get their own home grown reality show - they can call it Jumeira Shore..

Posted by: Doug

"Dubai would be the perfect place as it is the current hip destination for young Essex boys and girls"

Whoever's responsible for marketing tourism in Dubai should be hanging their head in shame right now.

Posted by: Jodi

Not sure that they care, to be fair. Just need as many as possible spending their money.

Posted by: realiste

sadly no Kaz.
From the Kardashians to Paris Hilton, it seems to attract this sort of personality.
Wonder why?

Posted by: Kaz

So Sex and the City gets a big no for filming in Dubai - but TOWIE is going to be filmed in Dubai????? Surely this is everything Dubai tries to distance itself from. I'm sure once they look into this - hopefully it will be stopped!!!

Posted by: Baffy Dedo

Oh Dear!!!

And you didn't want to have Sex and the City filmed in Dubai!!!

Just see what you have got instead - 1,000 times worse!! And this time it's for real - unfortunately.

I'm with you Jacob 'Shudder'.

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