DUBAI is preparing for a tourism boom when the latest film in Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible franchise hits the screen later this year.
The film Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is a spectacular showcase of the city, with the Hollywood star dangling from the 124th floor observation deck of the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa.
Footage shot from the 828m building shows a 360 degree view of Dubai, including the sea, the city, the desert in the distance and Downtown Dubai – a newly developed area where the Burj Khalifa is located.
“This movie will expose Dubai to a young audience and highlights a fun and adventurous aspect to the Emirate that we expect will appeal to tourists,” a Dubai Tourism’s Australia director Julie King said.
“It showcases the scale of the world’s tallest building and showcases the amazing architecture of the building and its surrounds.”
Abu Dhabi received a similar profile boost after Sex and the City 2 was set there, despite the fact it was actually filmed in Morocco.
Cruise spent several months in Dubai with his family last year while filming was taking place and thanked His Highness Sheikh Mohammad for his hospitality on his blog.
“Dubai is an exceptionally beautiful and very family friendly location,” he said.
“My family and I spent our evenings at the water park, go-karting, indoor skiing, shopping, scuba diving, camel riding, desert dune bashing, and we still didn’t fit in all that there is to enjoy!”
The film, which also includes scenes shot in Moscow and Vancouver, will be released in December.