United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven emirates consisting of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain. The emirate of Abu Dhabi occupies most of the country. The remaining six emirates are located in the north-east.
Crews travelling on most Western passports can enter the Emirates visa-free or obtain visas on arrival. There is no need for work permits.
Cast, Crew & Equipment
The Emirates has a good pool of local and expat directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Many experienced foreign crew have relocated to Dubai so there is a good depth of impressive locally based crews. Both key and supporting crews speak fluent English and work to an international standard. Crews are non-union.
Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Talent costs are by western standards quite competitive. Given the many nationalities attracted to live and work in the Emirates, the country offers a very good variety of locally based multicultural talent. Arri, Panavision, and RED equipment is available locally. All standard camera, grip and lighting equipment is available including more specialised equipment such as Russian Arm, Technocrane, and gyro heads. The Emirates is an ATA carnet country if you’re looking at bringing in your own gear. Drone equipment can only be rented from a local supplier that is registered with the General Civil Aviation Authority. It is not possible to bring in your own drone equipment.