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01 Baby

Ac­tion hero Ak­shay Ku­mar’s 2015 flick Baby show­cases the emi­rate sev­eral times, par­tic­u­larly in the sec­ond half of the film. The In­dian es­pi­onage ac­tion thriller shot scenes in the cap­i­tal in 2013 and is just one of many block­busters to take ad­van­tage of the re­bates of­fered by the Abu Dhabi Film Com­mis­sion for film­ing on lo­ca­tion. Ku­mar was quick to praise the UAE’s help to en­sure the movie pro­duc­tion was a suc­cess. “You just can’t shoot like this in Mumbai. They won’t close a part of the street for you – they’d rather close the shoot,” he said. The desert re­sort of Qasr Al Sarab was used for this one.

02 Race 3

Liwa once again proved to be an iconic back­drop for Race 3, a Bol­ly­wood block­buster star­ring Sal­man Khan re­leased back in June of this year. “We got ev­ery­thing that we wanted. It was beau­ti­ful, peace­ful, no dis­tur­bances, we do re­ally good work in Abu Dhabi… it was a great ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Khan. Scenes were also shot at Emi­rates Palace, Na­tion Tow­ers (the ho­tel’s heli­pad, no less) AD­NEC, the Yas Viceroy, Al Hu­dayr­iat Bridge, and at Leaf Tower on Al Maryah Is­land (the res­i­den­tial block’s car park was used for a chase scene).

“The scale that Abu Dhabi has… the sand dunes, they look very cin­e­matic, they look ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful. The ac­tion scenes look even more spe­cial,” said co-star Anil Kapoor. The UAE’s Armed Forces sup­plied the crew with Humvees, NIMR mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles and even a Black­hawk he­li­copter for the shoot.

03 Bang Bang

The very first Bol­ly­wood flick to be filmed in Abu Dhabi, Hindi thriller/com­edy Bang Bang stars Hrithik Roshan and Ka­t­rina Kaif and this one links Tom Cruise to the cap­i­tal once again – it’s a re­make of his 2010 movie

Knight And Day (co-star­ring Cameron Diaz). The shoot took in plenty of iconic land­marks in the cap­i­tal, in­clud­ing Liwa, Qasr Al Sarab, Emi­rates Palace, Hy­att Cap­i­tal Gate, Yas Ma­rina Cir­cuit and the Cor­niche, which was closed to shoot a scene in the film fea­tur­ing over 100 mo­tors, in­clud­ing an F1 racing car.

04 Tiger Zinda Hai

Bol­ly­wood le­gend Sal­man Khan has made sev­eral trips to the emi­rate – he was here in late 2017 film­ing this thriller set in Iraq about a group of In­dian and Pak­istani nurses be­ing held hostage by a group of ter­ror­ists (it’s based on a true story from 2014, when ISIL kid­napped 49 nurses in Mo­sul).

Abu Dhabi’s twofour54 helped the pro­duc­ers make a 20,000sqm set recre­ation of Iraq at the emi­rate’s Khalifa In­dus­trial Zone, while scenes with Khan on a quad bike were also shot in the Liwa desert.

“Tiger Zinda Hai re­quired a cer­tain scale of desert in the film and Liwa pro­vided that,” said the film’s di­rec­tor, Ali Ab­bas Za­far. “Tem­per­a­tures were soar­ing and as we shot ac­tion se­quences with a mov­ing car here, the con­di­tions were ex­tremely chal­leng­ing. But the unit stood by our vi­sion, and the lo­cal crew at Abu Dhabi was also very sup­port­ive.”

Once again, the UAE Army helped with the film, lend­ing he­li­copters, tanks and more to the pro­duc­tion. It’s one of the high­est-gross­ing In­dian films of all time.

05 Duvvada Ja­gan­nad­ham (DJ)

It’s not just Bol­ly­wood movies that shoot in the cap­i­tal – a Tol­ly­wood (movies made in the Tel­ugu di­alect) flick has been shot here also, a vig­i­lante com­edy film star­ring Allu Ar­jun and Pooja Hegde. As well as 120 crew mem­bers, some 40 dancers were also in the emi­rate to make the movie, which was re­leased in 2017. Eleven lo­ca­tions were used for the shoot, in­clud­ing the gar­dens of Emi­rates Palace.

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