The list of awesome things about Star Wars is certainly longer than the opening credit role, but here’s our list as why Abu Dhabi is the leading force in the movie
Location location location
The planet Jakku - or the Liwa desert to most - is the stunning backdrop to several big scenes. But if you manage to avoid the Startroopers, there’s plenty to do in this vast expanse of sand. You can get more action than Luke Skywalker while dune bashing, camping or quad biking.
Cities across the world rolled out the red carpet, put up some posters and blew up some balloons. But only in Abu Dhabi did they decorate one of the most iconic buildings with a 100-metre installation. The buildings facade features a Starkiller Base from the latest installation of the franchise.
Silver screen, golden venue
With other premieres happening in other locations around the world, including London, England, where else but Abu Dhabi had the screening in a palace? Only in the UAE. There were squads of Stormtroopers and plenty of glamorous people rocking the red carpet all under the roof of Emirates Palace.
Sisters of the sand
It may be a small role, but every actor needs to start somewhere. Emirati talent is flourishing right now with directors such as Ali Mustafa paving the way. And there’s more local talent who will feature in the movie. Twin sisters Liana and Thea Shengelaia from the UAE had a walk-on role for the blockbuster as rich twins shopping in a market place.
The future is bright
The next generation of Star Wars 'stars' entered the limelight with sand between their toes, as some of the first scenes that were shot for the movie happened in the capital. And thanks to TwoFour54’s 30 percent rebate programme, Hollywood’s elite will no doubt be coming back to the city to film more great blockbusters.