Maryam Eid AlMheiri
Saeed Jumoh Photography
United Arab Emirates

Media Zone Authority - Abu Dhabi



Media Zone Authority’s twofour54 — set up in 2008, named after Abu Dhabi’s geographical coordinates and now comprising some 450 entertainment companies — keeps gaining traction, most recently co-producing the world’s first Arabic-language, U.S.-style soap opera, “Inheritance.” Concurrently, it’s lured more international film shoots to the region, including Bollywood hit “Bharat” and Michael Bay’s Netflix actioner “6 Underground,” thanks in part to a 30 percent production rebate. AlMheiri is going forward on a twofour54 Studio City complex in the Mina Zayed waterfront area, with a 74-acre backlot, permanent sets and water tanks, as well as a larger facility on Yas Island with state-of-the-art TV studios and office space for media companies including Apple and CNN, which recently announced a programming increase for its Abu Dhabi bureau.


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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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