Oman might seem out of the grid when talking about filming locations, but we can tell you that Oman is filled with undiscovered gems for film locations. The country is known for its spectacular arid landscapes, rocky canyons, sand dunes, and beaches which would suit any type of film production. Oman is quite a bureaucratic country, making the permitting process take more time than other countries. However, our team can help you with that process, and it usually takes 2-3 weeks to get it done in most productions.
As the country might not have many film productions happening, but the crew and equipment are still reliable and ready to get on board with every film production that comes through. Mbrella Films can also help provide you with English-speaking producers who will get your production up and running smoothly in Oman. Continue reading to find out more about great locations and budgets for film production in Oman.
Filming Locations in Oman
Arid landscapes, rocky canyons, sand dunes, beaches, and many more sceneries are ready to be discovered by you. With the country not being the most famous for filming, this leaves countless stones unturned. Many locations remain undiscovered. Imagine your film production being the first one to a unique scene here, you won’t regret choosing Oman as the destination for your film production.
Muscat is the capital and most populated city in Oman. The city is famous for its Islamic-style buildings in old towns combined with the modern architecture around the city and the beaches. The numerous scenery you could get from this city is more than you can imagine. “Personal Shopper” starring Kristen Stewart was shot here in Muscat.
Nizwa is one of the oldest cities in Oman and it was once a center of trade, religion, education, and art. The country is surrounded by mountains from every side and there are some outstanding mountain sceneries close by. A historical set piece or a period film would be the best genre to film in this city.
The Bimmah Sinkhole was formed by a collapse of the surface layer due to the dissolution of the underlying limestone. However, locals used to believe this sinkhole in the shape of a water well was created by a meteorite, hence the Arabic name Hawiyyat Najm which means “the deep well of the (falling) star”. Any film that is shot in this location would look stunning on the screen.
The Musandam Governorate is an exclave, separated from the rest of Oman by the United Arab Emirates. It’s located on the narrow entry into the Persian Gulf, from the Arabian Peninsula. For a film production that has a stranded scene, or an epic ocean seascape required, Musandam might be the best choice for you.
Salalah is the third-largest city in the Sultanate of Oman. This attracts many people from other parts of Oman during the monsoon (khareef) season, which the climate allows the city to grow some vegetables and fruits like coconut and bananas. There are many gardens within the city where these vegetables and fruits grow. Also, the famous white sand beach, which would look great in your next film production.
Film Equipment and Crew in Oman
Oman has a small pool of directors, other crew, and equipment. Key crew and specialized equipment are best brought in from aboard. Only standard gear, grip, and cameras are available locally, other ideal brands like REDs, Arris, and others must be brought from abroad. However, Mbrella Films can provide you with English-speaking producers who will help you in every step of the production process. They have in-depth creativity and have worked on countless film productions for over 10 years. If you’re interested in bringing your project to Oman, feel free to contact us anytime.
Budget for production in Oman
As the key crew and specialized equipment must be brought from abroad, filming in Oman might cost you a little more, but compared to the landscapes you could get it’s priceless. However, our producers at Mbrella Films will break down every detail of your line budget and ensure that you know where your money goes. If you’re interested in bringing your next film production to Oman, feel free to contact us via the form below at any time.