Last week, executives from the United States and the United Kingdom visited Abu Dhabi, invited by the Abu Dhabi Film Commission (ADFC). According to Digital Production, the objective was to present what the Arab Emirates has to offer as a film set for future international productions.
(L-R) Mick Flannigan, twofour54; Paul Baker, twofour54; Vicki Garbor, Disney; HE Noura Al Kaabi, Media Zone Authority; Andrew Noakes, EON; Jassim Al Nowais, ADFC; Adam McCarthy, Universal.
Disney or Universal were some of the producers invited, but also enjoyed those days in Abu Dhabi the accountant and economist Andrew Noakes from EON Productions, who has worked in the Bond series since Goldeneye, already appearing as a co-producer on Skyfall and Spectre.
Still without news about Bond 25, this visit to the capital of UAE does not mean that the EON is looking for locations but it is certain that the country will have made a great impression on its representative, among others.
The trip included visits to the Emirates Palace Hotel:
The Emirates Palace is a luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi. It was created with the aim of showcasing Arabian culture. It offers luxury hospitality. It is located on 1.3 km of private beach. 85 hectares of lawns and gardens surround the hotel, as well 114 domes that are 80 meters high. It contains 394 residences. The Corniche runs from here all the way north.
The Yas Marina Circuit is the venue for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The circuit was designed by Hermann Tilke, and is situated on Yas Island, about 30 minutes from the capital of the UAE. Yas Marina is the second Formula One track in the Middle East, with the first being in Bahrain.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is a planned museum, to be located in Abu Dhabi. In 2007, the Louvre in Paris announced that a new Louvre museum would be completed by 2012 in Abu Dhabi, with a revised estimate in early 2013 for a completion date of 2015. These both fell short of the current projection of an opening in 2017. This is part of a thirty-year agreement between the city of Abu Dhabi and the French government. The museum will be approximately 24,000 square metres in size. The final cost of the construction is expected to be between €83 million and €108 million. In addition, US$525 million was paid by Abu Dhabi to be associated with the Louvre name, and an additional $747 million will be paid in exchange for art loans, special exhibitions and management advice.
An helicopter ride over the resort of Qasr Al Sarab Desert:
Located in the legendary Rub’Al Khali, the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara embraces the epic adventures of this evocative landscape by providing a luxury oasis for discerning travellers. Recline by the plunge pool outside your own private villa, or stretch out on a sumptuous day bed surrounded by rich Middle Eastern fabrics and local artefacts. Every room, villa and suite is considered to be some of the finest abodes among luxury Abu Dhabi resorts.