The UAE continues to thrive as a film-making hub. Joining recent big Hollywood films shot, or announced to be shot in the UAE (including the new Star Wars and Star Trek sequels and Fast and Furious 7) is the new, War Machine film, starring Brad Pitt.

The film is a satirical comedy that takes a look at the conflict in Afghanistan, and is based on the book – The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan, by the late journalist Michael Hastings. Pitt plays a 'rock star' general who commands the US-led war. Abu Dhabi's desert landscape will stand in for Afghanistan. 

War machine director and writer, David Michod, said: "I'm humbled to be making a big, bold movie about the whole sprawling, complex, cumbersome and crazy machinery of modern war and the many lives it touches."