Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible says Abu Dhabi biggest set ever

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Tom Cruise gallops through the Liwa desert in Abu Dhabi during the filming of Mission: Impossible. SUPPLIED

Tom Cruise has been around the world filming for his popular Mission: Impossible series, but the star said the biggest set he ever worked with was in Abu Dhabi.

“This story is an epic adventure, and the desert and the airport here are very cinematic. The airport is the biggest set I’ve ever been on in my life, and it’s gorgeous,” Cruise said of Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, which is out in cinemas this July.

The Mission: Impossible franchise was filmed at Abu Dhabi’s Midfield Terminal Building and Liwa Desert over 15 days in 2021. The action-packed scenes were shot inside the terminal and on the roof of the 742,000sqm building, the first time that the terminal’s interiors will be seen by the public. Some scenes were also filmed on board the Etihad 787 Dreamliner.

Tom Cruise Abu Dhabi

A full Arabian village was constructed in Liwa as a production set. “The desert is beautiful, and those sequences are just epic. What we do is look at the geography and ask what story it’s going to tell, and the desert has a romantic quality that looks amazing on screen,” Cruise added. ICA/Expat Media


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