Jackie-Chan

Legendary action icon Jackie Chan will begin filming his latest movie ‘Kung Fu Yoga’ in Dubai on Monday, the emirate’s film and television authority has revealed.

It will be Chan’s first time filming in the Middle East.

The Dubai Film and TV Commission said in a statement that the ‘Rush Hour’ star will be in the emirate for 33 days, until October 30, and will bring around 100 international crew to the emirate, as well as use a large pool of local talent for filming.

It was earlier reported that a series of car chase sequences will be filmed in Downtown Dubai.

“They will be filming on the boulevard Downtown,” a source said on the condition of anonymity. “It will be a car chase along the boulevard but I cannot reveal exactly where.”

The film, directed by Stanley Tong, a production of Beijing Taihe Entertainment Culture Development Co Ltd, is the first project under India and China’s co-production agreement, which was signed in September 2014.

The production is being serviced by Al Katraz Productions, the specialist UAE Production Services Company, who have been assisting the project since April.

Jamal Al Sharif, Chairman of Dubai Film and TV Commission and Managing Director of Dubai Studio City, said: “We are very excited to welcome Jackie Chan and the ‘Kung Fu Yoga’ production team to Dubai. The UAE is becoming an increasingly popular destination for Hollywood and Bollywood productions, and the filming of ‘Kung Fu Yoga’ in Dubai is another major boost for our film industry.

“The shooting of large productions here in Dubai has not only facilitated the development of a sustainable local film industry, but has showcased the emirate’s attractions, lifestyle, locations and culture to a global audience, and truly established the emirate as a leading international filming hub.”

‘Kung Fu Yoga’ is the latest in a number of big-name movies to be shot in the UAE. Hollywood production ‘Star Trek’ is also expected to begin filming in the city next month.