'Fast and Furious 7' Shuns Restive Egypt for UAE Set

Security and financial incentives offered by the Emirates lure producers of Hollywood film franchise away from their original filming location.

The next installment in the "Fast and Furious" movie franchise will be filmed in the United Arab Emirates and not in Egypt as was originally planned, The National reported this week.

The Abu Dhabi-based paper said that the makers of "Fast and Furious 7," starring Vin Diesel, will benefit from a 30 percent rebate offered by the UAE government as a means of luring film and television productions to its shores.

The report cited Noura Al Kaabi, a chief executive at twofour54, an Abu Dhabi media services firm, as saying that the film's producers had to scrap Egypt as a filming location due to the unrest in the country.

“When they announced the film, they started with Egypt. But, unfortunately with what is happening with Egypt, they shifted and now they are looking at the UAE,” she said.

According to Al Kaabi, the producers were scouting locations both in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

However, a Dubai Film and Television Commission official denied receiving final confirmation that the film would be shot in the UAE.

“I don’t know yet whether they will film in Dubai. We need to wait and see,” Jamal al-Sharif, chairman of the commission, told local newspaper Gulf News.

According to IMDb, the film will see Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Dwayne Johnson reprising their roles. It is set to be released in the summer of 2014.