Magazine article Screen International

Abu Dhabi Launches 30% Production Rebate

Magazine article Screen International

Abu Dhabi Launches 30% Production Rebate

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EXCLUSIVE: Abu Dhabi's twofour54 and the Abu Dhabi Film Commission are launching a production rebate from September 1, marking the first major incentive scheme in the Middle East.

The incentive, in the form of a rebate of up to 30% of qualifying spend in Abu Dhabi,will be available for feature film, TV, documentary, advertising and music video production.

Qualifying spend includes goods and services sourced from Abu Dhabi and relevant expenditure on location and studio filming, as well as post-production. Hotel costs and flights booked on Etihad Airways are also included.

"We want to use this to really fuel production in Abu Dhabi - this will be unique in the region in terms of an offering, and a pretty compelling one at that," said twofour54 deputy CEO Wayne Borg.

"It demonstrates our commitment to what we're trying to do in terms of developing the eco-system, and really building out and leveraging the infrastructure we're now putting in place. …

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