There were more than 1,000 film shoots in the UAE last year

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There were more than 1,000 film shoots in the UAE last year
Tom Cruise at Burj Khalifa

The UAE is fast becoming a top destination for Hollywood talent – and new figures have revealed that there were more than 1,000 film shoots here last year.

The announcement comes amid plans by Dubai Film and TV Commission to hand out permits in just one day, making the city even more attractive to producers.

Perhaps the most famous flick recorded here was back in 2011 when Tom Cruise climbed to the top of the Burj Khalifa during filming for Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

Then in 2015, Star Wars Episode VII headed to the desert in Abu Dhabi which represented the planet Jakku.

Star Trek fans were also pleased to see top locations including Meydan Racetrack, the Burj Al Arab and Sheikh Zayed Road in 2016's Beyond.

While there have been a number of high-profile shoots in Abu Dhabi this year, we can also expect to see plenty of Dubai on the big screen.

Dubai Film and TV Commission director Saeed Al Janahi told Gulf News: “The just released Bollywood film Zero, featuring Shah Rukh Khan, was also partially shot in Dubai.

“So was the Salman Khan film — Race 3. The movie Beneath a Sea of Lights was fully filmed in Dubai.”

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