Video: ‘Star Wars’ shoot in Abu Dhabi confirmed

Director J.J. Abrams and the cast flew to Abu Dhabi earlier in May

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The next installment of “Star Wars” is being filmed in Abu Dhabi, a media company based in the emirate confirmed Wednesday.

Director J.J. Abrams and the cast flew to Abu Dhabi earlier in May, twofour54 said in a statement.

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy was quoted in the statement as saying: “We were very excited to start the filming of Star Wars: Episode VII in Abu Dhabi - it has been an incredible place to commence this journey.”

The diverse desert landscapes and the extensive production infrastructure provide the perfect setting for the film, the statement said.

“Having Star Wars: Episode VII film in the Emirate shows Abu Dhabi is emerging as the region’s leading media and entertainment hub,” twofour54 CEO Noura al-Kaabi said in the statement.

The movie is due to premier in Dec. 2015.

Abu Dhabi has invested heavily in trying to establish itself as a center for media production and a destination for filmmakers from around the world.

Filming on “Fast & Furious 7” recently wrapped up in the emirate. U.S. soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” also filmed in Abu Dhabi this year, as did Bollywood feature “Bang Bang.”

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