Oman Film & Photography Production Services & Camera Crews
Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Oman? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.
Filming in Oman
For an introduction to shooting in Oman see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, and safety advice.
Oman Film Locations
The Sultanate of Oman is an undiscovered gem of film locations.
The whitewashed capital Muscat is known for the Grand Mosque, Sultan’s Palace, Muttrah Souk, Muttrah Corniche, Al Jalali fort, Al Mirani fort, upscale suburbs in a modern Islamic style.
Outside of Muscat locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include: Hajar Mountains (Oman’s Grand Canyon looks ideal for off-road car commercials in places such as Wadi Ghul and Wadi Sahtan. Alila Jabal Akhdar Resort is one of the best resorts in the Middle East), Empty Quarter desert looks, Bimmah Sinkhole, Al Mughsayl blowholes, Nakhal, Bahla and Rustaq Forts, verdant oasis city of Nizwa, date plantations, Barka fish market, Ras Al Jinz turtle beach, Al-Ansab wetland, Wahiba sand dunes, sailing traditional dhow boats through the fjords of Musandam, Masirah Island, beautiful beaches of Yitti, Seifa and Quiryat. Ayn Athum and Ayn Khor are beautiful waterfalls that flow during Khareef, the monsoon season. Considerable investment has been poured into the transport infrastructure of Oman. New roads built through spectacular arid mountain landscapes have great potential for car commercials. Oman’s Dhofar Desert is so much like the surface of Mars, scientists have used the area to field-test technology for a manned mission to the red planet.
Oman Film Location Permits
A letter from the Ministry of Information is generally all you need for low impact shoots that do not require exclusive use of public space. Larger shoots that require traffic control, large setups, stunts, pyrotechnics, and the like require additional permission and plenty of lead time. Drone filming in allowed with the consent of the Royal Oman Police. Note, it is illegal to photograph certain buildings. Please contact us for more location specific information.
When To Shoot?
The climate of Oman is extremely hot and dry, with the exception of the Dhofar region, which receives monsoonal rains from May to September. Winter in Oman (October to April) is warm and sunny. This is the best time of year to film for weather. Summer (May to September) has hot, humid conditions on the coast and very hot, arid conditions in the interior. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
The Muscat Festival celebrating Omani culture takes place in January / February. Many services close for the month of Ramadan.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Oman.
Unique Local Stories
Brands are looking for local stories that match their brand narrative. Our local teams are a great lead for sourcing those unique stories and characters.
If you are looking for stories for your next shoot, send us your brief and we will pitch you ideas.
If you have a unique story you would like to pitch to a brand anywhere in the world, pitch us your idea. We have well-established processes to ensure that your ideas are properly seen and protected.
Costs & Tax Incentives
Costs. Our Omani fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget. Larger shoots will need to bring in key crew, equipment and talent which will add to those costs. The Emirates is the closest major production centre with Muscat a 5 hour drive from Dubai or Abu Dhabi.
Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in Oman.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Oman has a very small local pool of directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Some key crew are available locally. Dubai is the closest major production centre for experienced, English speaking crews. Less expensive but still very experienced crews can be brought in from India.
Contact us if you are looking for a director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew for your shoot in Oman.
Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Oman offers mainly Arabic looking talent. The majority of Omanis are neither Sunni nor Shiite, but Ibadi Muslim. Some multicultural looks are available but lead roles are best cast abroad. Nearby Dubai has a larger selection of multicultural talent.
Oman Film Equipment
Equipment. Some standard grip, lighting and camera equipment such as Red Scarlet, Red Epic and Black Magic cameras are available locally. DJI drones are available locally. Larger specialised gear such as the Russian Arm, Technocrane, and gyro heads, can be easily brought in from abroad. Oman is not an ATA carnet country but the process of bringing in film equipment is easy.
Communications. Communication is key. Our agility and global experience allows us to customise the right communications systems for every shoot.
Web posted casting, scouting, and videoconferencing.
For clients that are unable to attend set we offer a virtual video village solution. This dedicated and secure high-resolution video streaming platform allows clients from one or multiple timezones to view setups without compromise and to participate in real-time with the team on set. Separate systems can be set up for the discrete conversations that are required to make a job run right. Working remotely with our local teams reduces your content production costs, turnaround times, carbon footprint, and risks associated with unpredictable global events.
Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production
Art department and set construction. Oman has some experienced crew available locally but it’s best to bring department heads in with you.
Studios and backlots. Locations are the main reason to film in Oman. Only small studios exist for pack shots and the like. Nearby Dubai has larger sound studios if need be.
Post Production. Basic post facilities. Dubai is the closest city offering a range of sophisticated post facilities and services including animators, editors, colorists, and visual effects teams.
Visas & Work Permits
Crews travelling to Oman on Western passports can get visas on arrival or apply for them ahead of time at their closest Omani embassy. Western crews with a large footprint may also be required to arrive on Express Visas which take about 2 weeks to process and require project and crew information to be sent for the application.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Oman has a fast and modern network of roads and motorways. Our Omani fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transport for off-road travel. Many airlines service Oman internationally.
Accommodation. Contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Muscat and other parts of Oman. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
Safety. See here for up to date travel advice.
Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Oman, please see below:
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