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Business From India Fuels Growth of Film Biz in Abu Dhabi

Business From India Fuels Growth of Film Biz in Abu Dhabi

Tom Cruise in March tweeted a picture of himself jumping out of a plane over the Abu Dhabi desert to thank the Film Commission of the UAE capital for its “amazing help and cooperation” on a portion of the shoot for “Mission: Impossible — Fallout.” Naturally, the commission was thrilled.

But one film — or one scene from a film — does not an industry make. As Maryam Eid AlMheiri, who is CEO of Abu Dhabi’s Media Zone Authority, puts it: “If we want to build a sustainable economy around film production … it’s not about one movie a year.”

Nor, ultimately, is it merely about Hollywood stopovers of varying lengths, such as those made by productions like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” or “Furious 7.”

Which is why AlMheiri calls luring the 65-day shoot of 2017 Bollywood hit “Tiger Zinda Hai,” toplining Indian superstar Salman Khan, a turning point. Thanks to its

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