Bollywood stars Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif are currently shooting their latest movie Tiger Zinda Hai in Abu Dhabi’s Liwa Desert.
The spy thriller follows on from the blockbuster film Ek Tha Tiger and is being directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, and produced by Yash Raj Films.
Word has it that a 20,000 square metre backlot has been constructed in the capital especially for the movie, in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Film Commission and twofour54.
“I have shot in Dubai, lots of times, but never in Abu Dhabi before,” Khan told The National last week. “We were filming (last week) at the Arkan cement factory in Al Ain, and making it look like an oil refinery.”
Arkan shut down its cement factory in Al Ain in March, providing the perfect base for the Tiger Zinda Hai production crew to film their industrial scenes without interruptions.
The shoot has been showcasing the more luxurious side of life in the Emirates, too. One scene was shot in what appears to be a palace ballroom, with Khan and Kaif are dressed to the nines and chandeliers and paintings in the background.
Last week Salman Khan took time out from his busy filming schedule to attend the launch of the song Radio from his movie Tubelight which will hit cinemas during Eid.
A crowd of 20,000 fans watched him launch the song from Dubai’s Arabian Centre. Khan fans might also catch a glimpse of the star in Abu Dhabi later this summer, too.