Filming in Abu Dhabi

COVID-19 Guidelines for Shooting

Abu Dhabi has been recognized as one of the World’s most pandemic-resilient cities, with its leading global ranking for its pandemic response. Production successfully continued in Abu Dhabi throughout the height of the pandemic and beyond under the COVID-19 Production Guidelines issued by the Abu Dhabi Film Commission.

Current Status:

On 7 November 2022, the UAE Government announced the lifting of a majority of the COVID-19 restrictions in the UAE. The following requirements still remain:

  • Masks are now optional in all open and closed spaces (except for health facilities and centers for people of determination, where they are still mandatory).
  • The Al Hosn App is limited to proof of vaccination and test results upon request – it is no longer required to access public facilities and sites.
  • A 5-day isolation period for those infected with COVID-19 is still in effect.

Best Practice Guidelines:

At the start of the pandemic, the Abu Dhabi Film Commission published its COVID-19 Production Guidelines, which are updated in response to announcements issued by the UAE Government from time to time. A link to the COVID-19 Production Guidelines can be found here.

Please note that the COVID-19 Production Guidelines are merely advisory in nature and outline certain precautionary measures that may be taken to ensure that the highest levels of health and safety are maintained across all production in Abu Dhabi. They are not intended to constitute nor replace legal or other professional advice.

The producer is, ultimately, solely responsible at all times for the health and safety of the cast and crew while filming in Abu Dhabi. It is the responsibility of the producer to stay up-to-speed with the latest UAE Government requirements and guidelines as and when they are issued so that the appropriate precautions can be taken. We advise that you check the NCEMA (National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority) website, where updates in relation to COVID-19 are published here.

Additional Informaton:

  • Read more on Abu Dhabi maintaining its lead in global ranking for pandemic response.
  • For the latest entry requirements for Abu Dhabi please click here.

More information about visiting Abu Dhabi can be found here.


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

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April 04, 2021
Source: Gulf News

UAE ranked top FDI destination for investors.

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March 25, 2021
Source: BroadcastPro Middle East

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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May 19, 2020
Source: Abu Dhabi Airports YouTube Page

Abu Dhabi Airports: Precautionary Measures Against COVID-19

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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.

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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

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