As part of Dubai’s final preparations to host the shoot of the latest instalment of ‘Mission: Impossible’, His Excellency Ahmed Abdullah Al Sheikh, Director General of the Dubai Government Media Office met this week with movie star Tom Cruise, director Brad Bird and senior cast, crew, and officials from Paramount in the Czech capital, Prague.

• Dubai and Paramount discuss final arrangements in the run up to the Emirate hosting the filming of the fourth instalment of ‘Mission: Impossible’

• Ahmed Al Sheikh confirms to Tom Cruise and his team Dubai’s readiness to support the shoot

• Preparations well underway to facilitate the work of a 400-member film crew

Mission: Impossible Dubai preparations

The meeting saw the signing-off on the final arrangements, facilities and locations in Dubai.

The meeting in Prague was attended by Jamal Al Sharif, Director of Dubai Studio City, in addition to officials from a number of companies participating in this project.

Mission: Impossible Dubai crew

The meeting comes ahead of the film crew’s move to Dubai, where 400 people including actors, cameramen, technicians, and stunt specialists will be landing in the Emirate.

The crew will spend nearly three weeks in Dubai shooting major scenes for the fourth episode of Mission: Impossible.

Mission: Impossible global revenue

The first three instalments of the extremely successful action movie series global revenues came to a total $1.4bn.

During the meeting with Paramount officials and lead actors, His Excellency Ahmed Abdullah Al Sheikh once again reiterated Dubai’s welcome and pleasure at hosting this impressive production, repeating that Dubai is sparing no effort to encourage creativity and talent in all fields.

He further assured the film crew in Prague that all Government of Dubai departments involved in the project have completed all preparations necessary having mobilized the necessary resources to ensure the success of their mission.

“While supporting Culture and the Arts, the Emirate pays special attention to the film industry. Cinema is a powerful medium capable of building bridges between people and cultures. The importance of Cinema lies in its universal appeal”

said Mr Al Sheikh.

Mission: Impossible Dubai facilities

His Excellency Ahmed Al Sheikh said Dubai was committed to providing top-end facilities to ensure that the outcome would match both Dubai’s standards and the vision of the film’s directors.

Dubai will facilitate shooting in various locations having secured the cooperation of concerned authorities from both the public and the private sectors.

The efforts of various governmental entities will combine to provide their support.

Those include but are not limited
• Dubai Police
• Civil Defence
• Roads and Transport Authority
• Dubai Air Wing
• Health Authority
• Dubai Municipality
• Dubai Customs,

all of which have agreed to cooperate in creating the right atmosphere for the shoot, and to provide the necessary to meet the needs of the crew in all phases of filming.

Dubai Studio City

Mr. Jamal Al Sharif, Director of Dubai Studio City expressed his joy at Dubai being chosen amongst a few other global cities that will feature in the fourth instalment of Mission: Impossible.

Al-Sharif said

“Dubai’s choice as a major location is due to various elements of strength that have played in its favour.” He also stressed the importance of this step in “enhancing the confidence of the international film industry in Dubai, and the Emirate’s affirmation as a regional hub for film production. Dubai’s state of the art infrastructure and its various attractions distinguish it from other cities. Add to this a series of specific initiatives adopted by Dubai in the past ten years to enhance its filmmaking industry. This has helped it consolidate its position as the new hub for film in the region able to host major movie projects.”

Mission: Impossible film director Brad Bird

In 2008 film director Brad Bird, who is currently working on the set in Prague, won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film for Ratatouille. While the film’s lead actor and star Tom Cruise, was nominated for three Oscars and won three Golden Globes in his illustrious 20-year career. Paula Patton and Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner are also part of the star-studded cast.

Dubai’s film industry

Dubai’s mission to be at the centre of the film industry in the GCC has seen it launch a series of important initiatives in the past decade.

At the forefront of such initiatives is Dubai Studio City, which was built to attract international film projects that seek to take advantage of new film locations around the world.

Dubai International Film Festival

Dubai also launched the Dubai International Film Festival in 2004, which in its short history quickly positioned itself on the international stage as a world-class festival.

The Dubai International Film Festival has premiered a large number of films and hosted some of the world’s best-loved actors and filmmakers.

Dubai attractions

Dubai’s landscape features beautiful natural beaches and deserts, as well as some of the most impressive man-made attractions and mega projects like Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, the Burj Al Arab hotel, the world’s only seven star hotel, and Meydan the largest horse racing track in the world.