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The Talkies

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Tamim El Aassar

With 34 years of experience, The Talkies is a leading servicing production house in the MENA region, providing high-end content on a local, regional and global scale. It has 5 offices in Beirut, Dubai, Cairo, Riyadh and Casablanca. It also covers the entire Middle East & North Africa Region (i.e. Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Tunisia).

Locations in United Arab Emirates

UAE is a multi cultural country. It has various neighborhoods including high end financial and touristic districts as well as beach fronts. It also has a very wide variety of architectural and world class landmarks such as Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, shopping malls, entertainment Parks, Formula 1 tracks and museums. As part of the Middle East region, the country has very stunning sets of desert, rocky mountains and historical sites. It also has modernized urban roads and desert roads for premium car brands films. It offers historical trade areas such as gold, textile and spice souks. It is equipped with sound stages and variety of studios for any set-build requirements. 

Why come to United Arab Emirates

  • the country offers a fast turn around on getting filming permits 

  • UAE is welcoming to film, accepting all nationalities. Paperwork is very easy. Visas can be obtained upon arrival for most of international crew members from US and Europe

  • we have a multicultural pool of talents from all nationalities. There are more than 200 nationalities living and working in the UAE

  • the country has been allowing filming with drones for the past years and the process is quite straightforward. All types of drones are available in the country including FPV

  • it is the right place for any equipment requirement such as Russian Arm, Techno cranes, helicopters, Trinity Steadycam, Bolt system... etc. Rental houses are updated with the latest equipment

  • incentive scheme that can go up to 30%: only applicable if the shoot, equipment, crew, hotel &acc, locations, food & beverages are spent in the emirates of Abu Dhabi (excluded are the salaries like Director, Dop etc. as not based in Abu Dhabi)

Previous Clients

Apple, Anonymous Content, Markenfilm, IRIS, Media Pro, KieferWorx, C41 Media, Akkurat Studios, Cutting Edge, JWT /Wunderman Thompson, Pulse Films, Iconoclast, Reset Content, Carnage & Progress Film UK, Quad Paris, Somesuch, Anorak Film, Caviar, Park Pictures, PUBG, Sonny London, Carnibird, Otto Films, Moustache, MJZ London, Outsider TV, Dictionary Films, Wondros USA, Rival School, Special Guest, Wanda Paris, Super Prime Films ...


Dubai Lynx: 1 x Silver Prize Craft Film - 2012
Cannes Lions: Shortlisted in Craft Film - 2013
Dubai Lynx: 1 x Gold Film Paid Services - 2014
Dubai Lynx: 2 x Silver Craft Films - 2014
Cannes Lions : Young Director Award - 2015
Cannes Lions: 1 x Bronze PR Category - 2016
Dubai Lynx: Bronze in Film Craft - 2022


Abu Dhabi offers International Production Incentive Scheme that can go up to 30%.
Dune was shot in Abu Dhabi and won six Oscars this year. Please find more information here.
Abu Dhabi is also investing $6 Billion to become a global media and entertainment industry hub.