US daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful started shooting episodes in Dubai and Abu Dhabi today, making it the first overseas soap opera to ever film episodes in the UAE.
The three day shoot will take place in Dubai at Atlantis, The Palm, Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall Promenade and the Skydive Dubai Helipad, before moving to the UAE capital to film at the Emirates Palace, along the Corniche, at Yas Marina Circuit and the Marina.
The plot will follow business mogul "Dollar Bill Spencer" (Don Diamont) as he whisks his fiancée, "Brooke Logan" (Katherine Kelly Lang) away to the UAE to get married. Possessive ex-husband "Ridge Forrester" (Thorsten Kaye) follows the couple in a bid to spoil their big day.
Executive producer and head writer, Bradley P Bell. stated: “I've been fascinated with Dubai and Abu Dhabi for quite some time because of their spectacular skylines rising up out of the desert... and the fantastic convergence of diverse international cultures.”
Some of the eight episodes filmed this week in the UAE will air in the US from May 23 through June 6, while audiences across the Middle East will see them broadcaster Dubai One a year later.
Sarah Al Jarman, Dubai One Channel Manager, commented on the production: "We are very excited about The Bold and the Beautiful coming out to Dubai and Abu Dhabi for the filming of their episodes. We have such a strong following for the show on our channel and having the cast here, and the team, filming in the region, really makes it relative for our viewer which makes it that more engaging."