Advanced Television

Abu Dhabi establishes ‘Studio City’ backlot

March 8, 2018

By Chris Forrester

Abu Dhabi-based TV and movie production facility ‘twofour54’ is building a new 300,000 sq m backlot and new studio development at Mina Zayed to expand those already in place at twofour54’s Yas Island base.

“Following the success Abu Dhabi has achieved in attracting film and TV productions from Hollywood, Bollywood, and the Arab World, twofour54’s Studio City at Mina Zayed will offer companies even more world-class facilities and backlots, H.E. Maryam Eid AlMheiri, CEO of Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi and twofour54,” the compay said in a statement.

“This is an important milestone for Abu Dhabi and the development of the film and TV industry in the region,” the statement added. “Since twofour54 was established almost a decade ago, we have strived to become the capital of quality content creation and to contribute to Abu Dhabi’s economic diversification strategy. Today, Abu Dhabi is a filming destination that has attracted some of the largest studios in the world, such as Disney with Star Wars and Universal Pictures with the Fast & Furious franchise, as well as blockbusters from Bollywood such as ‘Dishoom’, ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’, ‘Baby’ and ‘Bang Bang’.”

twofour54’s Studio City at Mina Zayed will cover 300,000 square metres and will feature an outdoor film set, a permanent backlot and studios for productions of different sizes, ranging from 1,000 to 4,000 square metres, as well as smaller studios catering to Abu Dhabi’s local production companies.

News of twofour54’s Studio City at Mina Zayed comes as the media zone is preparing to move to a new home on Yas Island. This will increase the capacity of twofour54 by 30 per cent from 2020 with the option to expand even further by 2030. The built-for-purpose home will feature state-of-the-art offices, TV studios, retail spaces, and recreation facilities, all designed to give partners, current and future, more reasons to grow and thrive in Abu Dhabi.

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