A bustling metropolis rising from desert sands. A city cradled by the warm, blue waters of the Persian Gulf. An economic powerhouse of great wealth. Jaw-dropping architecture at every turn. This is Abu Dhabi, second-largest city (the largest is Dubai) of the United Arab Emirates and its capital – as well as capital of the Emirate of Dubai. Tourists and businesspeople have many reasons for going there; filmmakers are attracted by its rebate of up to 30%on qualified spend.
Attractions include the unique steel-and-glass silhouette of the Etihad Towers, the beauty of the Emirates Palace hotel, and Ferrari World, the world’s only Ferrari-branded theme park
Specifically, the incentive consists of a cash rebate of up to 30% on qualified spend. Maximum rebates available for feature films are $5 million; for TV shows and series the maximum is $1 million.
For post-production only, there’s a maximum rebate of $250,000 for feature films and $150,000 for TV programs and series.
A minimum of only one day shooting is Abu Dhabi is required.
The minimum spend for features is $200,000; for TV programs or series it’s $50,000. The minimum spend for post-production only is $70,000 for features and $15,000 for TV projects.
|30%||Maximum cash rebate on qualified spending|
|$5m||Maximum rebate for feature films|
|$1m||Maximum rebate on TV programs|
|Information courtesy of EP Financial Solutions, a production incentive consulting and financial services company.|