The capital city of Abu Dhabi provides a cash rebate of up to 30% on qualified spend.
The incentive can be applied to production costs for commercials, feature films, television dramas, telemovies, and documentaries.
To qualify, a minimum one-day shoot in Abu Dhabi with expenditure of USD 25,000 is required for commercials, USD 200,000 for features, and USD 50,000 for TV programs. The maximum rebate paid to commercials is USD 500,000, feature films USD 5 million, and TV shows/series USD 1 million.
The rebate is further offered for post-production on projects shot inside or outside the city. The minimum spend on post-production is USD 70,000 for features and USD 15,000 for TV projects. The maximum rebate is USD 250,000 for feature films and USD 150,000 for TV programs and series.
Contact us to discuss the details of your project, and how we can help you get the most out this incentive.
From pristine deserts to unspoiled beaches, ancient souks to some of the most pioneering and graphic modern architecture in the world, beautifully tended parks to dazzling palaces; whatever location you need you'll find it in the UAE. Or rather we will. Our region offers your production a vast variety of locations in some of the most dependable weather in the world.
The development of a vibrant production industry has been proactively nurtured here over the last couple of decades. The launch of Media Free Zones in Dubai (2001) and Abu Dhabi (2008) have ensured that both multinationals and local start ups have thrived here – attracting international talent in all media and production professions. Film commissions were set up shortly after, taking the hassle out of permits and permissions, and right now, Abu Dhabi Film Commission is offering 30% cash rebate on all production spend (including TVCs). All this means that the production industry is established enough to make shooting easy, but new enough to offer value for money.
Crew in the UAE is mostly comprised of expats from global production hubs such as South Africa, Europe, and India. You have a high standard of international experience and professionalism at your disposal here. Equipment for all production needs can be sourced locally - drones, phantoms, Russian Arm, etc.
With people from all over the world now living in the UAE, cast here are diverse and multicultural. The UAE and Dubai could not be more connected with three international airports serviced by all major airlines, and the time difference is just 2-3 hours ahead of Europe.
Reasons to shoot with us? Founded in Dubai in 1999, we’re one of the longest established production companies in Dubai and have been instrumental in the growth of the production industry in the region. Our local production know-how extends to Jordan, Oman, Bahrein, and Kuwait. We shoot on a regular basis in Qatar, Lebanon, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and we are proud to be one of the few production houses here who differentiate ourselves on the basis of our directorial talent.
Film Producer, Atelier Markgraph with Raid Films, Frankfurt Germany.