By Gavin Davids
Reliable infrastructure, cultural diversity and variety make Dubai a 'sought after destination'
The stars and crew of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol praised Dubai as a ‘sought after destination for international film industry professionals’ during a visit to the set by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Speaking to the cast and crew after location filming finished, Sheikh Mohammed said that Dubai spared no effort in supporting innovation in various fields of cultural life, including cinema, WAM reported.
He added that the UAE highly valued innovation and creativity, regarding them as key catalysts that “enrich the human experience”.
The film’s star, Tom Cruise, director Brad Bird and producers Jeffery Chernov and Bryan Burk, thanked Sheikh Mohammed on behalf of their team for the warmth and generosity they had found in Dubai throughout their stay.
The team said that government support and cooperation, reliable infrastructure, cultural diversity and a rich variety of shooting locations made Dubai a sought after destination for international industry professionals looking for new filming locations around the globe.
As a token of their appreciation, the cast and crew presented Sheikh Mohammed with memorial gifts from the set; a ‘clapper board’ carrying signatures of the stars and makers of the film and a director’s chair with Sheikh Mohammed’s name on it.
The filming of the fourth movie in the $1.4bn action franchise provided Dubai with the opportunity to promote itself as a movie hub in the region, and to reap the benefits of high visibility in the film industry, much like New Zealand did with the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol also features, Anil Kapoor and Jeremy Renner, the respective stars of the multiple Oscar winning films 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'The Hurt Locker'.For all the latest art news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.