I am an American living and working in the somewhat sleepy city of Abu Dhabi. If decadence and sexual adventure are what the Gal Pals are looking for, they might be disappointed in this predominantly Muslim city. I know!.
However, this is the first I have heard Abu Dhabi mentioned in a mainstream movie. I predict the film will be a major success and this previously "off the radar" city will be a hot destination in the late Summer and Fall. Tourism will be way up!
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What's next? SATC3 in The Vatican?
That makes me think there are some moneyed "influences" that want Abu Dhabi to get some global exposure. What better way than a probable Hollywood blockbuster? The local UAE officials keep their hands clean by refusing obvious involvement in the production but still get the country publicity with the resultant increase in tourism. Win-win, very shrewd!
There is some sibling rivalry in the UAE and now that Dubai's golden image is somewhat tarnished, the powers in Abu Dhabi are taking advantage of the weakness. Abu Dhabi is the tortoise to Dubai's hare and there are some great projects in development here. Unlike Dubai, Abu Dhabi has the oil money for sustained development but this Emirate lacks the recognition of its glamorous but destitute sister only 60 miles up the road. Up to now, everyone knows where Dubai is but Abu Dhabi usually draws blank stares when mentioned. SATC2 is meant to correct that.
Abu Dhabi is working very hard to become the showcase of the UAE, and they might just pull it off.
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Forrest Walker said:
The UAE powers that be forbade actual on-location filming here. The Abu Dhabi scenes were actually recorded in Morocco complete with a fake Emirates Palace Hotel. However, the references to Abu Dhabi remain in the movie. Google the movie trailer.
I think the production has Abu Dhabi investors that wanted the mention for publicity without the potential domestic controversy. The film title alone will probably prohibit screening here in the UAE, but the city will get worldwide attention.
Forrest Walker said:
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