Abu Dhabi has now taken over as the UAE’s go-to location for Hollywood and Asian
productions; a status likely to be reinforced when the sprawling Yas Creative Hub is fully open for business as a purpose-built
gaming and entertainment nexus.
Abu Dhabi not only boasts sizable production facilities of its own, but a 30% cash rebate on production spending that has helped
lure in huge productions, such as sci-fi extravaganza DUNE, which used the Liwa Desert (and Jordan’s Wadi Rum) to recreate
FILM AND TELEVISION COMMISSIONER AT ABU DHABI FILM COMMISSION
Hans Fraikin joined the Abu Dhabi Film Commission in June 2020 following
a 25-year global career in film distribution, co-production, and financing.
He began his professional career working with 20th Century Fox, where he distributed nearly 100 motion
pictures, and was later appointed Director of the European office at Telefilm Canada in 2003.