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Mon 23 Feb 2009 12:47 PM

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Hollywood director eyes Dubai for location shots

Robert Cohen, of Fast And The Furious fame, says he is impressed with Dubai Studio City.

A top Hollywood film producer has vowed to use the services of Dubai Studio City for his next movie following a visit to the Middle East's first dedicated film cluster.

US producer, director and writer Robert Cohen, whose credits include Fast And The Furious, The Witches of Eastwick and The Running Man, called the facilities in Dubai "a miracle" and praised the facilities on offer.

It was Cohen's first visit during which he was scouting locations in Dubai for an upcoming project.

He said: "I am amazed by what this place has to offer in terms of scenic locales and ethnic diversity. I am definitely coming back to Dubai for my new movie."

Jamal Al Sharif, executive director, Dubai Studio City briefed Cohen on the philosophy behind creating a world-class technical infrastructure that supports the growth of the film production and broadcast industries in Dubai.

Spread over an area of 22 million sq ft, Dubai Studio City has 14 fully equipped sound stages, a 3.5 million sq ft back lot for outdoor shooting, commercial offices, pre-built studios, a business centre and post-production studios.

The first phase of the development includes three sound stages - one 15,000 sq ft unit and two units of 25,000 sq ft each.

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The Sicilian 11 years ago

I think it is great that Dubai has this type of infrastructure. This means that films created by Arab or Muslim producers can really be able to have excellent resources at their disposal. By the same token, Dubai can be competitive attracting American producers who might find producing a film in Dubai cheaper, a lot cheaper, than in Hollywood.