Executive producer Jeffrey Chernov, who also produced Tom Cruise's hit film Ghost Protocol, insists Dubai represents "the future" of filmmaking and suggests more blockbusters will be heading for the Middle East in years to come.

He says, "It is an excellent place to shoot the movie, as well as a special opportunity for all of us. This is not just the third of three movies, but has a new, refreshing twist, and Dubai's great visuals really fit the story."

He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "We'd drive around Dubai and look at things and we'd have to figure out how we can use those visual guides to tell our story. I'd see a building and say, 'We have to figure out how to put that in our movie'."

And Star Trek's leading man, Chris Pine, is also a big fan of the UAE, adding, "I love discovering new places and Dubai is such a stunning city - it looks like a future land! I am extremely happy to be here making this great film with Justin and the team, and so far my experiences have been wonderful, people have been gracious and welcoming."

According to a press release from the Dubai Film and TV Commission, the movie will shoot for 13 days from Thursday (01Oct15).