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Morocco Lures Hollywood

There is nothing more captivating than the endless rolling dunes of the deserts of Morocco with caravans of camels slowly moving across the ancient sand. The color displays as the sun moves over the granular landscape and a sunset witnessed from the comfort of an oasis is unforgettable. Hollywood has recognized these unique qualities of this exotic country and numerous film companies have come to Morocco to film spectacular scenes. The latest films that have chosen Morocco as a film location include Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and Sex and the City 2.

Both these anticipated movies have recently been released and even though film makers would want audience members to believe that Sex and the City 2 was filmed in Abu Dhabi, and that the warriors in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time were battling it out in ancient Persia, the back drop of both is actually Morocco. The country has become invaluable to Hollywood, as it is able to provide a magnitude of various locations and scenes, which can be transformed into any destination in the world. From historical sites, endless desert locations and old city centers that offer a variety of buildings and alleyways, Morocco has it all. Film makers continue to return to Morocco, not only because of its magnificent locations, but because of it reasonable pricing for set extras as well.

Numerous movies have been filmed in Moroccan locations that film enthusiasts might not be aware of, such as Black Hawk Down, Lawrence of Arabia, Charlie Wilson’s War, Traitor and Body of Lies, to name but a few. Due to so many western film studios working in Morocco, it has given rise to a few local studios that collect a variety of props, including sandbags, barbed wire, costumes, uniforms and so forth, assisting film companies that come to the country. With the warm welcome of the government and friendly locals that are always willing to help, Morocco has become the premier location for Hollywood and film makers from across the globe. So, the next time you watch a movie that has been filmed in a desert location, there is a very good chance that you are experiencing the diversity of Morocco.



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