Filming in Abu Dhabi

Permits


twofour54 Free Zone Company procedure:

SCRIPT APPROVAL

Non twofour54 - Free Zone Company procedure

Media Regulatory Office (MRO) Script Approval is needed as part of the application for both ground and aerial filming permits to film in Abu Dhabi.

To submit for script approval, please visit the Ministry of Culture and Youth’s website, through this link:

https://www.mcy.gov.ae/en/services/script-permit/

Timeline: 5-15 working days (subject to length of script)

Fees: 500 AED per script

Media Regulatory Office (MRO) contact details:

PHONE: 800 552 255

EMAIL: info@mcy.gov.ae

 

 

twofour54 Free Zone Company procedure

 

If you are an Abu Dhabi Free Zone Company under twofour54 you will need to apply for the Script Approval through twofour54 E-portal. Kindly contact customercare@twofour54.com for further assistance.

 

 

GROUND FILMING PERMIT

Non twofour54 Free Zone Company procedure

 

Once Media Regulatory Office (MRO) Script Approval has been confirmed, the next step is to apply for a Ground Filming Permit from the Media Regulatory Office (MRO) to film in public areas of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra Region.
The filming permission will be granted for the specific public location(s) listed in your application.

Filming permission for private locations is achieved by agreeing terms with the respective location owner and signing a location agreement for each private location.

Abu Dhabi Film Commission can assist with all aspects of sourcing and researching both public and private locations within Abu Dhabi.

To submit for filming permit, please visit the Ministry of Culture and Youth’s website:
https://www.mcy.gov.ae/en/services/issuance-of-photography-permits/

Timeline: up to 15 Working Days
Fees: 500 AED per day
Media Regulatory Office (MRO) contact details:
PHONE: 800 552 255
EMAIL: info@mcy.gov.ae

 

 

twofour54 Free Zone Company procedure.

If you are an Abu Dhabi Free Zone Company under twofour54. You will need to apply for the permit through twofour54 E-portal. Kindly contact customercare@twofour54.com for further assistance

 

 

AERIAL FILMING PERMITS

Non-Free Zone Company procedure.

 

The Aerial Permit requires approval from two government authorities.

An NOC is needed from Media Regulatory Office (MRO) by submitting the request on their E-Portal.
https://www.mcy.gov.ae/

*Please note only licensed companies can apply.
Timeline: 1 working day
Fees: 500 AED per day
Once Media Regulatory Office (MRO) grants the NOC. You can then apply for an Aerial Permit on General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) E-portal: https://www.gcaa.gov.ae/

Media Regulatory Office (MRO) contact details:
PHONE: 800 552 255
EMAIL: info@mcy.gov.ae
General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) governs flight, drones/un-manned aerial vehicles (UAV) in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra Region. Filming permission will be granted for the locations listed in your application.

 

The crew must have a Working Visa for filming in Abu Dhabi and a Ministry of Defense (MOD) Representative is required to be present during all aerial filming to approve the footage. The MOD Representative must be provided with meals and overnight accommodation if required as per the crew.
Abu Dhabi Film Commission recommends hiring an Abu Dhabi registered drone company for any aerial filming. Below is a link to the industry directory where you will find production companies registered to fly a drone.
https://www.film.gov.ae/en/industry-directory/
Please use the following steps:
Production Companies à Production Company – Aerials

 

 

twofour54 Free Zone Company procedure

 

If you represent an Abu Dhabi Free Zone Company under twofour54, you will need to apply for the permit through twofour54 E-portal. For further assistance, kindly contact with twofour54 customer service on email customercare@twofour54.com

 

Special Requests & Government Support

For other requests and permits including police, military, and government entities, please contact the government team for advice - Government@film.gov.ae
Please note that for military assistance at least 50% of the production must be shot in Abu Dhabi to request for personnel, equipment, and location support.
If above conditions are met, Abu Dhabi Film Commission (ADFC) will assist you to obtain the necessary approvals, licenses, permits and authorizations from the Abu Dhabi government (as applicable) to support the filming of your project.
The production/producer will be responsible for all costs associated with the approval/permits required. ADFC is not responsible for the outcome and status of your application whether they are conditioned, denied, delayed, withdrawn, revoked, or otherwise determined.

Government requests must be received 60 days before the date of principle of photography.

Abu Dhabi Film Commission