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The United Arab Emirates seems to be increasing its film game as of late. Dubai was memorably one of the major locations in the 2011 film, “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” and J.J. Abrams brought “The Force Awakens” to the Abu Dhabi desert as recently as last year. Now, it looks like director Justin Lin is bringing the “Star Trek” franchise to Dubai once more for “Star Trek Beyond.” This makes sense, as the executive producer of the film, Jeffrey Chernov, also produced “Ghost Protocol.” 

Chernov said the following:

“Dubai represents the future of what the frontier would be like in our film, and is an excellent place to shoot the movie as well as a special opportunity for all of us. This is not just the third of three movies, but has a new, refreshing twist, and Dubai’s great visuals really fit the story.”

 â€œâ€™Mission Impossible Four’ showed how movies can help tourism, and help cities grow and develop, which in turn helps filmmakers. We want to help future filmmakers and emerging talent, and we have interns working across every department of the movie, testament to our enthusiasm and commitment about the industry here, as well as Emirati talent.”

But what exactly does Dubai offer that others don’t? Chernov said the following at a Wednesday press conference (via THR).

“We’d drive around Dubai and look at things and we’d have to figure out how we can use those visual guides to tell our story. I’d see a building and say ‘we have to figure out how to put that in our movie.’”

In short, it gives the film an authentic, yet futuristic, visual flair that others cities simply don’t have.

Dubai (image via THR)

Dubai (image via THR)

Actor Chris Pine also had a few words to say about Dubai and its unique aesthetic:

“I love discovering new places and Dubai is such a stunning city – it looks like a future land! I am extremely happy to be here making this great film with Justin and the team, and so far my experiences have been wonderful, people have been gracious and welcoming.”

According to the press release from the Dubai Film and TV Commission, the production will film in the city for 13 days beginning on October 1, 2015. On top of utilizing “key indoor and outdoor locations” throughout the city, they will also be filming at the Sound Stages in Dubai Studio City. 

Jamal Al Sharif, Chairman of the DFTC said a few things as well:

“Dubai’s diverse locations have truly set it apart as a global filming destination. During the scouting, the film crew was impressed by its diverse attractions and locations that include skyscrapers, beaches, desert and more. There are many factors about the Emirate that are truly unique and attractive to international productions, including the excellent connectivity and cutting-edge infrastructure, as well as the ease of filming.”

“Star Trek Beyond” is directed by Justin Lin and stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, and Idris Elba. The movie is slated for a July 22, 2016 release.

SOURCE: DFTC, THR