Dubai attracts an increasing number of TV, film crews
Rebecca Hawkes
| 09 October 2014
Dubai played host to 24 TV drama productions and 19 films during 2103, with crews coming from China, Egypt, Europe, India and Russia, according to the latest annual report from the Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC).

An increasing number of local and Arabic content was produced in the Gulf emirate, including Saraya Al Bait, Al Hob Fe Al Arbeen, Qabl Al Awan and Weash Rajjak, during 2013. Bollywood blockbuster Welcome Back, Ya Malik Qalbi and the Arabic version of The Cube were also shot in Dubai last year.

Broadcast and movie production in Dubai has been steadily increasing, with 9% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2012, according to the DFTC 2013-14 annual report.

"Dubai's government has made the development of a sustainable, vibrant media ecosystem a focal point of its strategic vision for the future, and Dubai has gone from strength to strength as a hub for film and TV production," said Jamal Al Sharif, chairman of the Film and TV Commission and managing director of Dubai Studio City (DSC).

DSC's three new 50,000sqft sound studios, which were constructed last year, have all entered long-term leases with MBC, MasterChef Arabia and Sama Dubai.