We have an extremely good news for all those who are part of United Arab Emirates! It looks like Hollywood is gradually shifting to us, yes that’s true to the UAE. The rumors began swirling a long time ago but now the UAE is finally acknowledging it is standing in for George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away. A media company backed by Abu Dhabi announced that the next installment of Star Wars is currently filming in the oil-rich Middle Eastern emirate.
It was the first definitive word from the Mideast nation that filming had begun. Officials previously had refused to confirm any involvement with the seventh installment of the galactic franchise, even after a government-owned paper reported on the preparations.
The media company, known as twofour54, said Star Wars director J.J. Abrams and cast arrived in early May. It made no mention of any specific droids or Jedi involved.
Paul Baker, executive director of twofour54 Intaj, the company’s production services division said that they are extremely excited about being part of such a huge movie.
It’s a good demonstration that they are well on the way to establishing a long-term production environment in Abu Dhabi.