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DUBAI: “Mission: Impossible” wraps up filming in swanky Persian Gulf hub

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Pomp and circumstance marked the ending of the the nearly monthlong shoot of the fourth ‘Mission: Impossible’ movie with the ghostly title ‘Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol’ in Dubai.

Pictures published in the local media showed ‘Mission: Impossible’ star Tom Cruise posing with Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid al-Maktoum and Dubai authorities mingling with the cast and crew during the farewell meeting, which took place some days ago.

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As a token of appreciation to the glitzy Persian Gulf hub, Cruise and ‘Mission: Impossible’ director Brad Bird and producer Bryan Burk gave Sheikh Maktoum a director’s chair with his name on it and a clapboard with autographs of the stars of the film.

As they declared the mission accomplished in Dubai, the team also thanked Dubai authorities for their cooperation during the filming, said local Arab media reports.

At the end of October, media reports surfaced that the production had moved to Dubai to film a sequence at the world’s tallest building, the 2,716-foot tall Burj Khalifa.

‘I’ll be spending many days, many hours on the side of this building,’ Cruise told the Associated Press then. ‘I can’t give you details, but I will be up there.’

The new ‘Mission: Impossible’ movie is scheduled for release in December 2011. Other filming locations for the film include the Czech Republic and Vancouver, Canada. But Dubai was the place the cast and crew spent the longest time while filming on location, according to Dubai-based daily Gulf News.

Aside from Cruise as secret agent hero Ethan Hunt, British actor Simon Pegg, Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton co-star in the film. In total, the ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchise has earned around $1.5 billion at box offices worldwide.

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-- Alexandra Sandels in Beirut

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