Jordan Launches First Dedicated Film Studio Complex

Oct 5, 2023 11:00:00 AM

Leen Hajjar

Jordan’s first specialized film studio complex, Olivewood Film Studios officially opened its doors in the kingdom’s capital city of Amman.

Located only 15 minutes from the center of Amman, Olivewood consists of two soundstages with each measuring more than 16,000 square feet, a large backlot, a production building, administrative offices, a basecamp area, parking slot for 95 cars, and a space designated for technical vehicles.

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(Photo courtesy: Olivewood Studios

Jordan’s King Abdullah II inaugurated the Studios at a ceremony last Tuesday, which also commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Royal Film Commission (RFC). King Abdullah, accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Al Hussein, Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, and Princess Rym Ali also toured the impressive complex that is built on an area of 47,000 square meters.

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(Photo courtesy: Jordan Times)

For centuries, Jordan’s diverse landscapes and extensive technical and logistical support from the local community has attracted international filmmakers to produce an array of films in the kingdom, including the newly released blockbuster “Dune: Part Two,” “Aladdin,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” and “The Martian.”

Jordan currently offers filmmakers a cash rebate program of up to 25% recovery for local labor and supplier expenses, and foreign and local productions are exempt from sales taxes. These two offerings are a great incentive for producers to film in the kingdom.  

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(Photo courtesy: Olivewood Studios

With the establishment of Olivewood Film Studios, Jordan hopes to continue to further cater and support the needs of local and international productions on a even larger scale.

Leen Hajjar

Written by Leen Hajjar

Leen Hajjar, born and raised in Amman, is JTBNA's blog editor. A recent graduate from Villanova University with a master's degree in Communication, Leen focuses on media analysis, specifically mainstream media’s portrayal of Arabs and the Middle East. Her previous experience as a writer for Al Arabiya English, inspired stories that shed light on the diverse and positive attributes of the Arab world, aiming to provide a more comprehensive representation of the region and its people.

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