The Middle East premiere of the new ‘Star Wars’ film is to be held in Abu Dhabi at Emirates Palace on December 16.

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is the seventh installment in the franchise and is predicted to be one of the most successful films of all time.

Parts of the film were shot in Abu Dhabi, which doubles as a planet called Jakku, “a frontier desert planet in a remote section of the Outer Rim Territories,” according to

Filming on the movie took place in the emirate in May 2014 with more than 650 crew members working in two locations.

Noura Al Kaabi, CEO of Abu Dhabi’s media and entertainment hub twofour54, said: “Having ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ screen in Abu Dhabi prior to its general release is a real validation for how successful the filming was whilst the production was here.

“To date, all of the trailers and TV spots for the film have included scenes from Abu Dhabi, which have generated unprecedented excitement around the globe. We are very proud of our achievements and excited for audiences around the world to experience Abu Dhabi on the big screen.”


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