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Mission Impossible to film in Dubai

Tom Cruise is set to start filming Mission Impossible 4 in Dubai in the coming weeks, it has been announced.

The United Arab Emirates city's media office said on Tuesday: "Preparations for filming in Dubai have been agreed with the production company, Paramount, following two months of meetings and location scouting.

"Actual filming of the project, that will attract more than 400 industry professionals, is expected to commence within a few weeks."

Dubai in recent years has bankrolled studio facilities and an annual film festival in an effort to establish itself as a regional movie-making hub.

Among the few western films in which it has featured prominently are political thriller Syriana, starring George Clooney, and last year's spy-themed romance Duplicity, which starred Julia Roberts and Clive Owen and briefly featured exterior shots of Dubai.

Simon Pegg has just been confirmed to return as geeky scientist Benji Dunn in the film and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo's Michael Nyqvist is tipped to play the main villain.

The film is to be directed by hit animator Brad Bird of The Incredibles and the award-winning Ratatouille.

JJ Abrams - who directed the first three Mission Impossible movies - is producing with Tom.

JJ has revealed they plan to set the movie in all corners of the globe.

He said earlier this year: "We're working on Mission 4 and we have a really cool idea that we're playing with and I'm looking forward to that coming to pass - there definitely will be a European presence but there's a whole crazy story, it's definitely a jet-setting movie."

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