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Script/Treatment clearance requirements

•    National Media Council form.
•    Cover letter from the production company in letterhead paper signed and stamped.
•    Trade License of the production company.
•    Undertaking letter on a letterhead paper.
•    Script /Treatment
   
Ground permit requirements

•    Abu Dhabi Film Commission form.
•    Ministry of Interior (MOI) form - When completing the MOI form you will notice it is a scanned copy. If you have more than 8 crew members, please use excel or word sheet to add the extra names. Kindly note, we need all the names of crew    who are involved in the ground filming.
•    Information form – to be completed by all crew members.
•    Cover letter from the production company - This letter should be addressed to ‘Whom it may concern’ and contain your interest in seeking permission to shoot in Abu Dhabi, information about the company, a brief description of what the project is about. This must be written on company letterhead paper, signed and stamped.
•    Trade License of the production company.
•    Passport + Visa copy of all crew members who are involved in the shoot, and these must be the same as those listed on the MOI form. If you obtain your visa upon arrival, you must send this to us upon entrance to the country.
•    Script/Treatment clearance - for Documentaries and Narrative only.

A Ground permit is for public locations only. For private settings, you need to contact the location directly. Obtaining a ground permit takes a minimum of two weeks once all the relevant paperwork has been successfully submitted and approved by Abu Dhabi Film Commission.

Aerial permit requirements

•    Abu Dhabi Film Commission Aerial Permit form.
•    Ministry of Interior (MOI) Aerial form - Kindly note, this must contain the names of all the crew who are going to be in the helicopter, including the pilot.
•    Information form – to be completed by all crew members including the pilot.
•    Cover letter from the production company - This letter should be addressed to ‘Whom it may concern’ and contain your interest in seeking permission to shoot in Abu Dhabi, information about the company, a brief description of what the project is about and the list of locations where you want to shoot.    This must be written on company letterhead paper, signed and stamped.
•    Trade License of the production company.
•    Passport copy + Visa of all the crew who will be on the helicopter, including the pilot.
•    List of equipment on board with serial numbers.
•    Script/Treatment clearance - for Documentaries and Narrative only.
Obtaining an aerial permit takes a minimum of three weeks once all the relevant paperwork has been successfully submitted and approved by Abu Dhabi Film Commission.

Customs

If you are bringing equipment into UAE you also need to complete a Customs Clearance Form. The form needs to be filled in with details of the equipment: description, brand, serial number and value (in Dirhams). On your arrival you will have to deposit 5% of the value of the equipment in cash (AED Dirhams) to the Customs Office at the arrivals, this will be reimbursed on your departure from the same office at the airport.
Abu Dhabi Film Commission is not responsible for clearing equipment from other Emirates Airports.

ACCOMODATION

The UAE is a Middle Eastern country that is visited by tourists throughout the year for its lovely scenic beauty and to know about the Islamic culture and history. Among the Popular UAE Destinations, people visit the largest of the 7 emirates of UAE for its cultural and local attractions. UAE is cosmopolitan and offers numerous tourist attractions for you to enjoy and explore.

Among the famous tourist destinations in UAE, there lies:

•    Al Ain is commonly known as the Garden City of UAE. Al Ain is the most fertile region in UAE and features palm plantations, working farms, beautifully kept parks, meandering walkways and elaborate fountains. This little Al Ain oasis also features world-class malls and some of the most popular Abu Dhabi attractions.

•    You can visit Abu Dhabi in UAE to see the Liwa Oasis. Located on the Arabian Peninsula, Liwa provides an entry to the famous Rub Al Khali in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi in UAE is famous for its enchanting tourist destinations and travelers will get some of the world's best hotels to stay and relax.

•    Sharjah in UAE is another popular tourist spot with numerous parks, beautiful gardens, official buildings, museums and modern shopping malls and entertainment areas for your enjoyment and relaxation.

Dubai hotels have very high standards and many of the world's top hotel chains run five-star hotels here.
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