Maryam Eid AlMheiri
Saeed Jumoh Photography
United Arab Emirates
2018

Media Zone Authority - Abu Dhabi

Maryam
Eid
AlMheiri

CEO

Since taking the reins in 2017, AlMheiri has been instrumental in attracting more film productions to Abu Dhabi, including Bollywood hit “Tiger Zinda Hai” and “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” with Tom Cruise even tweeting a thank-you to the Film Commission of the UAE capital. She announced plans for the entertainment hub’s twofour54 Studio City complex in the city’s Mina Zayed waterfront area, with a 74-acre backlot, permanent sets and water tanks. AlMheiri is also leading the move of twofour54, named after Abu Dhabi’s geographical coordinates, to a larger facility on Yas Island with state-of-the-art TV studios, a student campus and office space for media companies including Apple, CNN and Ubisoft. Among the country’s incentives is a 30 percent rebate on production spending.

Career

  • twofour54
  • Media Zone Authority - Abu Dhabi

Variety Honors

  • Women's Impact
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Business From India Fuels Growth of Film Biz in Abu Dhabi

Business From India Fuels Growth of Film Biz in Abu Dhabi

Tom Cruise in March tweeted a picture of himself jumping out of a plane over the Abu Dhabi desert to thank the Film Commission of the UAE capital for its “amazing help and cooperation” on a portion of the shoot for “Mission: Impossible — Fallout.” Naturally, the commission was thrilled.But one film — or one scene from a film — does not an industry make. As Maryam Eid AlMheiri, who is CEO of Abu Dhabi’s Media Zone Authority, puts it: “If we...

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