Look out world, here comes a new movie set in a terrifically scenic and stunning location, Al Ula, Saudi Arabia! Kandahar is Hollywood’s first go at filming in an increasingly welcoming region for tourism and international business. The movie’s director is Ric Roman Waugh, and the release date has not yet been set. Read the excerpts below to find out about this unique opportunity, opening the road for more exposure of the Al Ula area. Kandahar doesn’t seem like my type of movie, however I may just see it for the location!
The full link to the article is at the bottom of the page. Jambi, Rahaf. (19 Jan. 2022). Filming of Hollywood movie ‘Kandahar’ in AlUla is a sign of things to come. arabnews.com.
“RIYADH: The director and executive producer of “Kandahar,” the first big-budget Hollywood movie to film extensively in AlUla in Saudi Arabia, are full of praise for the natural beauty of the area, and the efforts of Saudi authorities to establish it as a global filming location.
The magical landscape of the ancient city and surrounding area in northwestern Saudi Arabia is increasingly attracting the attention of local and international filmmakers, thanks to its rich history and scenic splendor.
To support this process, the Royal Commission for AlUla in 2020 established Film AlUla to attract and assist film and television productions from around the world. It is led by film commissioner Stephen Strachan, a veteran of the UK industry and a respected film producer in the Middle East and North Africa.
Strachan said he believes the Kingdom is setting the bar high for the region as it takes its first steps in film and TV production, and confirmed that there are plans to establish a studio in AlUla.”