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ABU DHABI MAKING PUSH FOR STUDIO ACCEPTANCE

June 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The relative stability of the United Arab Emirates has made the countries prime destinations for U.S. filmmakers and on Wednesday, Noura Al Kaabi, CEO of twofour54 in Abu Dhabi, told a news conference in Los Angeles, “We want to reach a level where we’re the hub of creative content in the region.” Some high-profile productions have already heeded the call, including Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Episode VII; Universal’ Fast & Furious 7; and Sony’s Deliver Us from Evil. Indeed the turbulence in the region has redounded to the benefit of Abu Dhabi, it would appear. Reuters reported on Wednesday that the country is increasingly being viewed as a safe haven for neighboring Arab production houses. Two Syrian studios that have moved to Abu Dhabi reportedly have cast stars from troubled Egypt, Syria, Algeria and Lebanon in new movies.