ADFC was established in 2009 to support the development of Abu Dhabi’s film and TV industry and promote the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as a production location, regionally and internationally. Its responsibility is to assist production companies through every step of the production process, providing:

  • Generous 30% cashback rebate on production spend.
  • Scouting assistance across a diverse range of unique locations including stunning coastline with year-round blue skies, wild desert, amazing oasis, and iconic architecture.
  • Award-winning, experienced, professional crew and supplier bases.
  • A full-service offering for government servicing, permits, visas, script approval, and customs clearance and shooting permits.
  • First-class studios and post-production facilities at competitive rates.

Executive summary

Why film in Abu Dhabi?

  • 30% cashback rebate on production spend.
  • Explore the treasures of Abu Dhabi‘s landscape with the scouting expertise for your cinematic vision.
  • Award-winning, experienced, professional crew and supplier bases.
  • Advice and assistance with government requests, permits, visas, script approval, importing equipment, and filming permits.

Essential considerations for rebate claim applications

  • Technicians
  • Companies and service providers
  • Visa, flights and accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Others – food and beverage, utilities, rent locations/props, etc.

Abu Dhabi Film Commission (ADFC)

ADFC pioneers the Middle East‘s inaugural production incentive, offering an attractive 30% cashback rebate on a wide array of productions and post-production services, both on location and elsewhere.


Rebate applications must be submitted at least 20 days before starting principal photography in Abu Dhabi, or 40 days in advance if script approvals from the National Media Council (NMC) are needed.

Final certificate

To obtain a final certificate, applicants must submit a written audited expenditure statement, compiled by an approved auditor, within 180 days of completing principal photography or post-production in Abu Dhabi.


For regional and international production or production services companies embarking on principal photography after 1st September, 2012.

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