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Parts of Dubai city centre closed for filming of two major Hollywood movies

Sheikh Zayed Road was shut for 7 hours for Star Trek Beyond, while the new Jackie Chan movie filmed a car chase in Downtown Dubai

Parts of Dubai city centre closed for filming of two major Hollywood movies
Jackie Chan is filming his next movie in Dubai. (Getty Images)

A number of locations around Dubai city centre were temporarily closed over the weekend to facilitate the filming of two major Hollywood movies.

The city's main highway, Sheikh Zayed Road, was closed between the intersections of Dubai World Trade Centre and the Dubai Mall from 6am and 1pm on Friday, the Road and Transport Authority confirmed on its official Twitter page, warning weekend motorists to make alternative arrangements.

A circular issued by the H Hotel, which is situated nearing the filming area, confirmed the temporary closer was due to the filming of the new 'Star Trek Beyond' movie currently taking place in the city. Several social media users also reported seeing a helicopter in the area where the filming was talking place.

The Star Trek cast and crew will spend two weeks filming in Dubai and is has been rumoured they will use a massive soundstage in Dubai Studio City and will also film at the Meydan racecourse. At a press conference at the Burj Al Arab Hotel on Wednesday, the film's producer, Jeffrey Chernov, explained why he had picked Dubai as a film location for the move: "We came searching for the future and we found it in Dubai. Dubai represents the future of what the frontier would be like in our film, and is an excellent place to shoot the movie as well as a special opportunity for all of us. This is not just the third of three movies, but has a new, refreshing twist, and Dubai’s great visuals really fit the story.”

On Saturday morning, parts of Downtown Dubai were also closed temporarily for the filming of the new Jackie Chan movie Kung Fu Yoga, which will be taking place in the emirate from September 28 to October 30. It is believed the filming focused on a car chase scene through Downtown Dubai and involved vehicles with markings similar to Dubai Police cars.

“Dubai’s iconic skyscrapers and attractions are recognised around the world, and we are excited to work closely with Dubai Film and TV Commission to ensure an enjoyable and successful filming time in Dubai,” director Stanley Tong was quoted as saying.

Speaking of the arrival of the Jackie Chan movie in the Dubai, Jamal Al Sharif, chairman of Dubai Film and TV Commission and managing director of Dubai Studio City, said: “We are very excited to welcome Jackie Chan and the Kung Fu Yoga production team to Dubai. The UAE is becoming an increasingly popular destination for Hollywood and Bollywood productions, and the filming of Kung Fu Yoga in Dubai is another major boost for our film industry.

“The shooting of large productions here in Dubai has not only facilitated the development of a sustainable local film industry, but has showcased the Emirate’s attractions, lifestyle, locations and culture to a global audience, and truly established the Emirate as a leading international filming hub.”

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Simon 4 years ago

I've been here for 12yrs and I still don't know where Dubai's City Center is...other than the one called City-Center Mall.

It definitely is not the Shk Zyd Rd that's for certain. I would hazard a guess that there really isn't a Dubai 'City Center'...

James 4 years ago

It is great that international films are using Dubai.
Kudos for that.

However, advance notice of areas being closed is what is needed.
Then drivers wont needlessly drive around looking for alternates. We can all plan in advance if we know, and support this.

Communication is key please.

Tyler D 4 years ago

Right you are!

Mujeeb Haroon 4 years ago

Do the film makers will give free movie tickets or atleast pay the loss to the vehicles who passes through the area.