Filming in Abu Dhabi

COVID-19 Guidelines for Shooting

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, and to protect the health and safety of all cast and crew members, Abu Dhabi Film Commission has prepared a set of Covid-19 Production Best Practice Guidelines to ensure production continuity for any filming taking place in Abu Dhabi.

The Guidelines:

  • are derived from government rules and regulations and global industry resources;
  • are advisory in nature and production companies are encouraged to use these guidelines as a basis for determining which set of best practices should be followed for their particular production;
  • should be followed on a case-to-case basis, depending on the type, nature and size of the production;
  • are not intended to constitute legal or other professional advice and shall not be relied upon or treated as a substitute for specific advice relevant to particular circumstances; and shall continue to be updated as Covid-19 conditions, rules and regulations evolve.

Please note that the producer is ultimately responsible at all times for the health and safety of the cast and crew.

To access the Covid-19 Production Best Practice Guidelines click on the “Guidelines” button below.

If you require further information or have any questions, please contact:

Additional Guidelines

National Media Council Production Guidance

The National Media Council issued a circular No (10) of 2020 on filming movies, series and programs, which is binding on all productions in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and provides the following restrictions:

  • Productions must limit entry on set to essential personnel only;
  • All crew members must undergo Covid-19 testing.
  • Productions must adhere to health requirements determined by applicable authorities.
  • Productions must have ongoing education for cast and crew on health requirements (e.g. via awareness campaigns).

The NMC is accepting applications for shooting permits for new productions – please contact the ADFC to assist when applying for shooting permits in Abu Dhabi.

For more information please contact


Latest Covid-19 press updates:

April 04, 2021
Source: Deep Knowledge Group

Abu Dhabi ranked the best city in the world for COVID-19 Municipal Pandemic Response

Read more


April 04, 2021
Source: Gulf News

UAE ranked top FDI destination for investors.

Read more


March 25, 2021
Source: BroadcastPro Middle East

From Adversity to Prosperity – CEO Panel, with ADFC Commissioner Hans Fraikin.

Read more


March 3, 2021
Source: Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi – YouTube

CNN – Department of Culture and Tourism chairman, HE Mohamed Al Mubarak, talks about the future of tourism and Abu Dhabi’s 100% safety certification goal.

Watch video


December 14, 2020
Source: @Beckycnn Instagram

CNN – Connect the World reporter Becky Anderson, looks into how Abu Dhabi has used “Safe Bubbles” to keep sports events going through the pandemic.

Watch video


September 22, 2020
Source: The National

Coronavirus: UAE leading the way in global testing as public again urged to avoid gatherings

The UAE remains at the forefront of global efforts to track Covid-19 cases and help contain the spread of the virus.

Read more


UAE launch COVID–19 tracing app ALHOSN

ALHOSN provides health protection to people who were close to COVID -19 cases and to prevent any spread of the virus. It also provides residents with access to their test results and a health color coding system that identifies and allows individuals that are free from COVID-19 disease to access public spaces. By using the app, everyone can help stop the spread of COVID-19, and keep their workforce, family and friends safe.

Download application


June 5, 2020
Source: Forbes

The UAE is ranked 11th in Forbes 100 Safest Countries In The World For COVID-19 and 1st in the Arab world

The report is based on categories such as quarantine efficiency, monitoring and detection, health readiness, and government efficiency.

Read more


June 1, 2020
Source: Etihad Airways Instagram

We’re taking extra steps to ensure you feel safe when you travel – Introducing Etihad Wellness. Our new initiatives will limit touchpoints throughout your journey, allowing for more distance between you and other guests. In addition, our team of Wellness Ambassadors will be available throughout your trip to provide essential travel information and care.

Read more


May 19, 2020
Source: Abu Dhabi Airports YouTube Page

Abu Dhabi Airports: Precautionary Measures Against COVID-19

Watch video


May 17, 2020
Source: Abu Dhabi Government Media Office Instagram

“Do the right thing, like heroes do.”‬⁣
‪Bollywood star Salman Khan, who has filmed many times in Abu Dhabi, appeals to the Indian community to benefit from the Government’s generosity, cooperate by complying with precautionary measures, & seek testing when COVID-19 symptoms develop.

Watch video


May 16, 2020
Source: The National

Creative freelancers and SMEs in the UAE can apply for Dh15,000-Dh50,000 grants from the government

The National Creative Relief Programme is accepting applications for grants beginning on May 17

Read more
Abu Dhabi Film Commission