As most parts of the country are arid landscapes, Saudi Arabia might not be the most famous destination for many film productions. However, it still is a unique rare find compared to others countries. Take “Lawrence of Arabia,” as an example, they utilized the deserts to present the hidden gem found within the desert itself anywhere. Nowadays more blockbuster-tier productions are bringing their productions to Saudi Arabia. With a 2 weeks phase for the film permit to fly through, you’re all set for your next production here in the grand Saudia Arabia.
Mbrella Films, the top production house in Saudi Arabia, can provide you with a diverse and english-speaking producer, experienced working with the local crew, and has over 10 years of experience in the film industry. Continue reading if you feel that Saudi Arabia could be scouted for your next film.
Filming Locations in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is an arid country and most parts of the country are covered with sand and deserts. However, that’s the reason why it’s a unique place to bring your film production to. Aside from the deserts, their cities contain many skyline buildings which are modern and can give you a futuristic look. Imagine a New York City Skyline with a view of nothing but beautiful red deserts.
Al-‘Ula is well known for the blockbuster film productions that are set in the city. The city is mostly in the desert and the village contains mud-brick and stone houses. “Cherry” by The Russo Brothers starring Tom Holland filmed in Al-‘Ula as a replacement for the Iraqi desert. Also, “Lawrence of Arabia,” the most famous film that was filmed in Saudi Arabia, was shot here in this exact location as well.
Being the capital and largest city of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh is the most advanced city in Saudi Arabia. You can see skyscrapers across the skyline with many smaller buildings filling in any empty space, the perfect New York City Skyline replacement with a wonderful red desert view. “Cherry” was also filmed in Riyadh for one day in some scenes of the movie.
Jeddah is the commercial center city of Saudi Arabia, many international trades happen here. It could be a set in your film production if you are looking for businessmen and businesswomen walking down Wall Street. It would change people’s perception of Saudi Arabia being only a country of sand and desert.
Mecca is one of the most religious cities in Saudi Arabia. The city makes an appearance in “Malcolm X,” the film that showcased Malcolm X’s journey. This particular location, “The Kaaba” is where Malcolm X had gone to perform the Hajj, an Islamic ritual.
Red Sea, Neom
Neom is a city that was built to incorporate smart city technologies and function as a tourist destination. The location is just north of the Red Sea and east of Egypt. The city of Neom and the Red Sea both appeared in “Dessert Warrior” a 2022 action movie starring Sharlto Copley and Antony Mackie.
Film Equipment and Crew in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia has a small but top-tier selection of crew and equipment. The crew has experience in many fields of production, especially with international film productions. The Equipment here is reliable and is industry standard. We have experienced english-speaking producers who communicate fast and act quickly to get any job done in Saudi Arabia.
Budget for production in Saudi Arabia
Our producers will take care of your film production and make sure you are given a detailed breakdown of the line budget in every step of the production process. Saudi Arabia can be the place to bring your production to, whether it’s a TVC, music video, or feature film production, Mbrella can get all of your production needs to be done. If you’re interested in bringing your film production to Saudi Arabia, please feel free to contact us via the form below.