Film production gave Dubai's economy a $40.8m boost last year, as more television shows and commercials were being filmed in the emirate. The government approved 877 film and photography requests in 2011. While the majority of filming requests originated from Dubai, 115 originated from Europe, and 12 from other Middle Eastern countries.
Jamal Al Sharif, the managing director of Dubai Media City and Dubai Studio City, said there was "a very healthy market" for film and TV production. "The market did very well in 2011," he said. "The budget was Dh150m spent in Dubai. That's boosting the economy."
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