The Ultimate Guide to Film Permit Applications in Dubai

15 Feb


The Ultimate Guide to Film Permit Applications in Dubai

Filming in Dubai is an excellent opportunity for both local and international filmmakers. Whether you are looking to shoot a documentary or an action-packed blockbuster, Dubai offers a perfect backdrop for your production. 

But before you start filming, make sure that you have all of your permits in order. Here's everything that you need to know about film permit applications in Dubai:

1. Rules and regulations of film permit applications in Dubai

A film permit is a permission or licence from the government of Dubai for filming in public areas. It includes the use of public property, streets, and sidewalks. It also covers private property if you are filming on it with the owner's consent.

Before applying for your film permits, make sure you know all the rules and regulations about filming in Dubai to get everything right before starting your project.

2. Research locations before filming in Dubai

Before starting your research, knowing what location is right for you is essential. When choosing a location for your film, there are a few things to note: 


The first thing for a filmmaker to check before permit application is the availability of the location on the desired dates. Consider inquiring about other projects that might be happening at this location at the same time as yours.

Permits and Licence

Ensure your cast or crew gets the required permits or licence before filming at this location. You must know where to obtain them and how much they cost. If necessary, also ensure who needs to apply for them.

Security Measures

Remember that if no officers are present during filming, all security measures must come from within your company roster (including, hiring extra personnel). 

3. Prepare a comprehensive production plan

A comprehensive production plan should include information about the following:

  • The location of filming (including landmarks or buildings).
  • The date when your shoot is taking place, its duration, and the number of people involved.
  • The detailed schedule for each day that indicates the shots. If required for your film project, include any special equipment that may need to be brought onto the site for this purpose (e.g., lighting rigs).
  • The kind of scene(s) that are being shot (e.g., interview; dialogue; action sequences), along with an explanation as to why these particular scenes need shooting on location rather than at another location outside Dubai City limits (if applicable).

4. Submit all required documents

Once you've determined the type of film permit needed for your project and completed the application form, it's time to apply. Remember that all supporting documents must be attached for your application to be considered complete. Make sure you have all of these with details of your project:

  • A copy of the script or screenplay (if applicable)
  • Proof that insurance has been taken, as required by law (see below)
  • A copy of your filming permit if you are shooting on location outside areas where permits are not required (see below)

Also Read: Everything You Need to Know About Getting A Film Permit in the UAE

5. Follow up on your application status

Once you apply for a film permit, you will be notified of its status soon but make sure to follow up. However, it is essential to note that the processing time of your application depends on the type of production you are trying to shoot.

6. Tips to make your filming a success in the Dubai

To make your filming a success in Dubai, below is a list of things that you should do before filming in Dubai:

  • Get the right permit. Each country has laws about what can be filmed and where it can be filmed, so it’s essential to check with local authorities before starting any project.
  • Find a suitable location for shooting your movie or TV series, as some areas are off-limits for filming or may require special permissions from authorities before being used for filming purposes.
  • Make sure your team is experienced and acquainted with the demands of significant projects like feature films or TV shows because it will help them work more efficiently when filming.


There is one last thing you need to know about film permit applications in Dubai. It is advised to collaborate with local experts and entities to ensure a seamless application and filming experience in the city. UAE Film Permit has years of expertise and resources to support your production team. Contact us today to learn more!