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20 February, 2006

"The name's Bond. Jamal Bond"

Product promotion in Hollywood films is nothing new. But some cunning minds in the sandlands have taken it one step further, and are apparently investing millions of dollars to get movie scriptwriters to namedrop Dubai in various blockbusters.

So for example instead of George Clooney randomly getting a call from his contact in Tokyo, London or Paris, it will come from Dubai. Instead of an airport announcement being heard in the background making a last call for British Airways to Sydney, it will be EK to Dubai. Rather than US agents referring to "intelligence from Geneva" they'll mention sources in Dubai. And so forth, leading to a whole new hot'n'sandy look for Hollywood:

1. Sleepless in Satwa
2. From Rashidiya With Love
2. Nightmare on Elmuraqqabat Street
3. Desperately Seeking Sharjah
4. Debbie Does Dubai
6. Beavis and Butthead Do Arabia
7. Last Tango in Mirdiff
8. The ODeira File
9. Seven Years in Traffic
10. The RAKi Horror Show

All very impressive, but so much more amusing if certain other countries were doing this. How about a whip-round to help Burkina Faso fund a similar promotion? Hearing Hollywood luminaries namedrop Ouagadougou every third line would be an incalculable delight.



Blogger Balushi said...

In bridget jones diary the Name of Dubai is mentioned!!!

As soon as the Palm Island is completed and everything, The Hollywood or western movies stars and directors will be looking for local sponsors!!

Jamal bond can perhaps sponsor Sean connery with 3yrs visa. with-out sponsorship transfer ban!

You must understand the Indians firm are buying off the biggest companies in Europe and Dubai buying P&O!

Winds are changing!

20 February, 2006 17:59  
Blogger Balushi said...

na!nana! na na!!

20 February, 2006 18:03  
Blogger archer14 said...

Wow...SD, this gotta be the funniest post I've ever read!!
How about these additions:

1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Sponsor.
2. To Kill a Mockingexpat.
3. One Flew Over Jumeriah Janes Nest.
4. Finding Dubailand.
5. Sponsors List.
6. Hustle and Let the Cash Flow.
7. Dial V for Visit Visa.
8. Tedad 2: Judgement Day

20 February, 2006 18:43  
Blogger Keef said...

Number three should be 'Desperately Seeking the exit from Sharjah'.

20 February, 2006 18:57  
Blogger Neha said...

I've got one, 'Fear and Loathing on Palm Island'. Oy yoy, this game is going to wreck havoc on my productivity today, thanks a lot SD! :-)

20 February, 2006 19:14  
Blogger muks said...

Some More!:

Return of the Sheikh

Men in Abbaya

Emirates Hills Cop

The Camel King

The Lost World: Palm Deira

Gone with the Shamal

Arabian Um Ali 2

20 February, 2006 20:00  
Blogger samuraisam said...

case in point: Episode of Alias filmed in Dubai

20 February, 2006 20:24  
Blogger Shafique said...

How about:

Sharwama wars: Episode VII The Emirate strikes back?

20 February, 2006 20:28  
Blogger Shafique said...

Return of the Jebel Ali

20 February, 2006 20:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about remaking King Kong again..!?

He'll be climbing the Burj Dubai instead and he'll be famous as..

Sheikh Kong!*haha*

Hmmm.. or how about a new series of CSI? Something like CSI; Dubai..! Weird but if that would happen then every crime in the series would be nuts.

..hmmm nevermind! *lol*

20 February, 2006 20:44  
Blogger trobriander said...

my list too;

Legally Veiled 2
The Sheikfather
12(000000000) monkeys. LOL
Cinderella Dishdash
The Greendiators
Lords of The Ramps
4Wheelers of the lost Ark
The Safa Crashers
Brokeback jebel Ali


20 February, 2006 20:54  
Blogger John B. Chilton said...

-Brokebank Rental
-3 Wives and a Nanny
-To Ras Al Khaima with Love
-Back to the Fujeirah
-Working 10 to 2 with time for lunch
-Pride and Prejudice
-The Secret Dubai
-No Exit: Keefieboy and the Return from Sharjah

20 February, 2006 21:19  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Oh these are all brilliant! "Three wives and a nanny" is just inspired ;)

And "Tedad 2: Judgement Day"

20 February, 2006 23:12  
Blogger Balushi said...

What about My list:

Heres Mine:

-Blacks Eat White


-White man can't fu ck

-Snowwhite and the Seven lovers

-The Lord of Bikini: The Return of The Expat

-The Pirates of The Europe

-Charlie and the $hit Factory

-Dumb and Dumberer: When European Met American


More is on its way Tomorrow!

I think I will cover this in my up-coming Blog.


20 February, 2006 23:43  
Blogger secretdubai said...

A Fish Called Wasta just took the prize I think.

Which is a luxury villa in the floating Bubble Villa project (about as likely as most of the rest of the stuff here to actually be built).

21 February, 2006 01:05  
Blogger grapeshisha said...

The oscar surely goes to 3 wives and a nanny. Fantastic. My 2 fils worth:

Sheikhspeare in Love
Lord of the Springs: The Return of the Swim
The Silence of the Cranes
Billion Dollar Dubai
A fish called Wasta

And the obvious ones that need no tweaking:

21 February, 2006 01:05  
Blogger snow white said...

Finding Dubailand is so apt for me - had a meeting there and kept overshooting the exit - took me 30 mins up and down the Al Khail road (no U turns!).

Also for consideration:

Satwa Night Fever
The Rock Bottom Horror Picture Show
Maid in Mankhool

21 February, 2006 07:10  
Blogger Minkey Chief said...

The DVD Pirate Always Knocks Twice

21 February, 2006 08:23  
Blogger Minkey Chief said...

And keeping it retro...

Seven Brides for One Brother.

21 February, 2006 08:43  
Blogger sand in the vaseline said...

And a few more...

A Burj Too Far

A Fist Full Of Dirhams

Mad Camels And Englishmen

Ali Allabar And The Forty Thieves

Fils and Loathing In Dubai

21 February, 2006 09:27  
Blogger sand in the vaseline said...

Just a couple more...

The Western classic - Macktoum's Gold

A Scottish musical - Burjofdoom

A war tale - Burj Over The River Why?

Martial Arts - The Karama Kid (I, II & III)

And a sci-fi classic - The Emirates Strike Back

21 February, 2006 09:59  
Blogger Balushi said...

Ok as promised my new list:

-Jumeria King: The Pride of Expats

-The City Of Nudes

-Dude: Where is my Wife?

-My Big Fat Beer Stomach

-Meet Jack Pimp

-There's nothing about white


More is coming-up

21 February, 2006 10:32  
Blogger unJane said...

These are unbelievably funny....well done to you all.... I especially liked the tweak-free Speed,Crash,and Traffic and offer up "Broke Back Laborers" and "Walk the Line Carefully beside the Orange Mesh and other Construction Rubbish".

21 February, 2006 23:26  
Blogger Minkey Chief said...

And if there's ever a tweak-free Dubai musical it would be called...

Rent of course.

22 February, 2006 09:43  
Blogger Bizarrism said...

Highway to Emirates Hell's (AC/DC)

22 February, 2006 10:33  
Blogger nzm said...

The Emiratyville Horror

22 February, 2006 11:52  
Blogger j said...

On MSNBC yesterday, Obermann made a little pun on a Beatles' song, "You say Dubai, and I say hello."

And, with the U.S./Dubai ports fracas, everybody knows who it is.

23 February, 2006 09:51  
Blogger dugalos said...

Bin Hur
The Last Emirate
On Golden Sands
Silence of the Lamcy
Vanity Fujairah
Almost Famous (an ITP production)
Men in White

07 March, 2006 23:33  

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