Abu Dhabi Film Commission has finally confirmed what we've all known for weeks – Mission Impossible: Fallout is filming in the capital.
The film commission has so far remained stoically silent on the shoot, although members of the cast and crew, including star Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie haven't been shy about posting a selection of pictures from the set on social media, including one of a daring aerial stunt performed somewhere over the Abu Dhabi desert, and confirming that the shoot is for the latest in the Mission Impossible spy franchise.
Now at last, Abu Dhabi Film Commission have joined in the social media frenzy, posting a photo of Cruise in full flight suit on Instagram, alongside members of the local film crew supplied by twofour54 Abu Dhabi, and a UAE airforce plane that was used in the shoot in the Abu Dhabi skies.
Cruise and the Mission Impossible: Fallout team are believed to still be shooting the final sections of the Abu Dhabi leg of their schedule, with sources close to the production suggesting that the shoot will wrap in the next few days.
Maryam Eid AlMheiri, chief executive of Media Zone Authority Abu Dhabi and twofour54, said: "We are delighted to welcome Tom Cruise and other members of the cast and crew of Mission Impossible: Fallout to Abu Dhabi.
“Through the combined efforts of Abu Dhabi Film Commission and twofour54, we have attracted yet another major Hollywood production to our Emirate thanks to the incredible incentives we are able to offer, such as incredible locations, talented media professionals, world-class facilities and the generous 30% rebate on production spend."
She noted that Mission Impossible: Fallout is the fifth Hollywood movie in Abu Dhabi to capitalise on both the film commission's rebate and the Emirate's thriving media ecosystem.
“We expect to welcome many more to the capital for content creators in the future," she continued.