May the fourth be with you: Star Wars in the UAE – in pictures

In honour of Star Wars Day, look back to when the UAE became home to the biggest film franchise on earth

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The fourth of May is widely known as Star Wars Day around the world, a pun on the infamous Jedi line, "May the force be with you."

Fans of the intergalactic franchise in the UAE were ecstatic when they found out that their city would play host to the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Episode Seven in the franchise. The movie was partly shot in the Liwa desert, the Abu Dhabi dunes were the setting for the planet of Jakku.

A handout photo of Star Wars: The Force Awakens showing L to R: Director J.J. Abrams w/ actress Daisy Ridley (Rey) on set. (David James / Lucasfilm / Disney) *** Local Caption ***  al07de-starwars7-story.jpg

This year, fans anticipate the last film in the new trilogy, Episode Nine: Rise of the Skywalker. 

In this gallery, we remember when Star Wars mania hit the UAE, and how the capital had stormtrooper fever on every corner.

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