The Six: Films you didn’t know were shot in Morocco

Some scenes of 'Lawrence of Arabia’ were shot in the country. (Photo courtesy: Columbia Pictures)
Updated 28 October 2018

The Six: Films you didn’t know were shot in Morocco

DUBAI: The narrow alleyways and vast deserts of Morocco have long played host to Hollywood film crews, but did you know that these blockbusters were shot in the country?
‘John Wick 3: Parabellum’
The film, to be released in 2019, follows hit man John Wick as he fights off other assassins. Halle Berry stars in the upcoming film and has been treating fans to behind-the-scenes clips from Morocco on social media.

The 1951 film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play opens with a scene shot in Essaouira, a port city protected by 18th century seafront ramparts.
‘Lawrence of Arabia’
Some scenes of the grand classic based on the life of T. E. Lawrence, released in 1962, were shot in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou.
‘The Mummy’
Actors Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz escape the wrath of malevolent ancient Egyptian beings in the 1999 re-make of this film, shot near the town of Erfoud.
Christopher Nolan’s 2010 blockbuster was partly filmed in Tangier and starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard among other famous faces.
‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’
The 2015 film starring action aficionado Tom Cruise was shot in various locations across Morocco, including Rabat and Casablanca.


The Six: Female rappers from the Middle East who are changing the game

Updated 18 November 2018

The Six: Female rappers from the Middle East who are changing the game

DUBAI: These women are changing the face of rap in the Middle East with their bold lyrics and powerful prose.


This Moroccan female rapper champions women’s rights and uses bold lyrics to tackle social issues. True to her feisty form, Soultana’s hit “Sawt Nissa” addresses sexual harassment in her home country.

Shadia Mansour

The British-Palestinian rapper uses hip-hop to highlight the Palestinian struggle. Mansour sees music as a medium for expressing dissent.

Mayam Mahmoud

The Egyptian rapper, who has been featured on CNN and the BBC for her efforts to advance women’s rights and combat sexual harassment, is making a name for herself on the rap scene.

Meryem Saci

The music of the Montreal-based songwriter of Algerian origin ranges from soulful R&B and jazz to reggae and hip-hop. Saci’s mixtape, “On My Way,” is a testament to her eclectic sound.


The self-proclaimed “Queen of Arabic hip-hop” has established herself as one of the most important musicians in Lebanon and beyond with hard-hitting lyrics. She even opened the show for Snoop Dog in Abu Dhabi in 2011.