Apart from being a hotspot for tourists, Dubai boasts about ample Bollywood movies that were shot here. It is quickly becoming the preferred destination for filmmakers around the world. Easy access to this country, minimum hours of journey and breath-taking scenic spots that this land offers makes it convenient for Bollywood shooting.
The list of music videos shot in Dubai and in other parts of UAE is as long as that of films. Many Punjabi rock songs showcase Dubai in a luxurious light. The popularity of Bollywood in the world only keeps growing and producers seem to open their arms for many such pristine locations. Filming in Abu Dhabi is also becoming a preferred option as the landscapes have a cinematic appeal.
We have listed a couple of films that maybe different in genres but have one thing in common- sneak peeks into the beautiful city of Dubai. These blockbusters have given the Middle East a starring role and it couldn’t get any better.
Popular Bollywood Movies Shot In Dubai
Do you remember one of the most hilarious scenes of the film where Anil Kapoor goes to extort money from Paresh Raval at his wife’s boutique? That scene was shot at Dubai’s Dragon Mart. Spanning over an area of 1.2 kms, it is home to items that hail all the way from China. It is a trading hub and retail complex that is a stone’s throw away from other famous sightseeing spots. If you are a shopaholic but on a budget, this is your paradise. It offers its visitors a wide selection of items ranging from clothes to toys to accessories and electronics.
The sequel of this film Welcome Back’s movie shooting location also comprises of many parts of these beautiful UAE countries. It is among those movies that are shot at Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest existing structure and it is indeed a treat to the eyes.
One of the most celebrated thriller movies, Race, was also expansively shot in Dubai. Since the plot revolves around politics of the wealthier classes, Dubai was the chosen location for this shoot. This was done so that the lavishness and opulence of this city would reflect the wealthy background given to the character’s profile. The climax of the film where the cars chase each other to the finish was all shot in Dubai. Race movie’s shooting location gives you an aerial view of the highway junction and other such offbeat settings of the town. One cannot deny the fact that Dubai and its exquisiteness does add to the overall appeal of the film.The takeaway note to the film viewers is that Dubai is certainly the right place to splurge and every single penny you spend is worth the extravaganza.
Happy New Year
The script of the film itself revolves around a grand dance competition that is to be held in the UAE. That is why, the majority of this shoot was done in Dubai. You can easily spot the luxurious hotel Atlantis in The Palm where maximum shots of the film were taken.This ornate hotel stands resplendently over the edge of Dubai’s creek. The film’s director Farha Khan stated in one of her interviews that she idealized Happy new year’s shooting in Dubai hotel and wrote the screenplay keeping the beautiful backdrops of Dubai in mind. Besides, the song ‘Satakli’ from this film was shot at the Dubai Mall. It is the largest destination for entertainment, shopping and leisure. The grandeur of the largest mall in the world was evident on the silver screen and the camera’s focus couldn’t shift from the splendor of Dubai.
Humari Adhuri Kahani
The stunning actors Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan have largely shot in Dubai’s prime locations for this film. You can spot the lanes of Meena Bazaar, an area famous for jewelry, Dubai Creek where you can cruise down and bask in the views of magnificent towers and also the Miracle garden which is home to more than 50 million blooming flowers.
The melodious song ‘Haan Hasi Ban Gaye’ from the movie is shot in Qasr al Sarab. The Qasr al Sarab is in Abu Dhabi and is wonder in itself. You will find luxury villas, top notch restaurants and private pools in this resort. The streets of downtown Dubai are also shown in a couple of scenes. These roads are wide and the accessibility is great. It is so picturesque and the climate is relatively pleasant that be it leisure or work, this city never fails anyone with its charms.
The Bhai of Bollywood as he is so dotingly called visited Dubai to shoot for his blockbuster film Dabangg where many scenes capture the architectural spectacles of the city. One of the songs is shot at the Dubai metro station. This modern and fully automated rail system makes internal travel in the city comfortable and extremely affordable. Another scene is shot in the deserts where Sonakshi Sinha holds a falcon in her hand followed by a romantic drive on the sand dunes. The desert safari is the most iconic activity that needs to be experienced once in life.Abu Dhabi film locationsalso played a major part in this film as few interior shots at the Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi were taken to add to the shoot’s magnificence.
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Upcoming Movies To Be Shot In Dubai
Several plans for Bollywood movie shooting in 2018 also comprises of Middle East locations. South Indian actor Prabhas’s next film Saaho and Don 3 starring Shah Rukh Khan are scheduled to be shot here.
Bollywood Movies Shot in Dubai
- Hamari Adhuri Kahani
- Happy New Near
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