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Abu Dhabi Will Become Arrakis Once Again with Dune: Part Two


A Denis Villeneuve adaptation of Frank Herbert’s best-selling novel, Academy Award-winning Dune will return to the UAE capital city, Abu Dhabi to shoot the film’s highly awaited sequel.

The sci-fi movie will once again star Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard, Zendaya, Javier Bardem, Florence Pugh, Austin Butler and Christopher Walken in lead roles and will be shot for over a month in the Liwa dessert or Rub Al Khali in Abu Dhabi later this year.


The production, which is a joint venture between Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros Pictures, will benefit from the 30% rebate offered through the Abu Dhabi Film Commission along with production services delivered by Epic Films and support from a number of UAE production partners.

“Dune has again provided us with an exciting opportunity to associate the emirate with another global movie franchise which will allow us to entice enthusiastic fans and audience members to visit the landscapes which they have seen on screen,” said Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism in a statement. “In Abu Dhabi, we are fortunate to offer incredible architecture, landscapes, and a unique culture that brings magic to the big screen. We hope that audiences around the world will get the chance to discover a whole new world in the Liwa desert.” Villeneuve added, “We look forward to returning to the majestic sand dunes of Abu Dhabi and bringing Arrakis to life for ‘Dune: Part Two’”.

Meanwhile, the production for Dune: Part Two has already begun as the social media team for the movie shared an image of the film’s clapperboard inscribed with the quote, “Long live the fighters!”

Dune is one of the movies in the list of major productions that have been shot in Abu Dhabi in the recent years, including Hollywood hits such as Mission: Impossible, Star Wars and Fast and Furious franchises, as well as Sonic the Hedgehog, and Netflix’s 6 Underground and War Machine.

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