Weather of Arabia - Many may be surprised to learn that some scenes from international films that garnered millions of views around the world were filmed in one of the Arab countries, which is Jordan, until one of the regions of Jordan became one of the favorite filming locations for directors and producers, which is the Wadi Rum region, where the place became sometimes It serves as an alternative to Mars and at other times a backdrop for battles between lords or an arena for epic struggles against enemies.
It is not limited to Wadi Rum only, as many scenes were filmed from more than one location on the land of Jordan, and we review here the most important films that were filmed in Jordan:
1. The movie ( Dune )
It is the latest movie that was filmed in Wadi Rum, where it was shown in 2021, and the film is of a drama and science fiction genre, characterized by an adventure element, adapted from the science fiction novel by Frank Herbert. It takes place far from Earth, where the sandworm is infested on the planet Arakis.
It is one of the parts of the Transformers films series, and part of it was filmed in the city of Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea, and it earned more than 800 million dollars.
An action movie with an adventure and fantasy element, clips of which were filmed in Wadi Rum and shown in 2019. The general cost of the work is estimated at about $275 million.
4. The Martian
The film was released in 2015, and the filming team spent 55 days in the Wadi Rum desert, and achieved revenues of more than 630 million dollars and an Oscar. The film tells the story of an astronaut who is stuck on the surface of Mars after his team assumes his death and finds himself having to rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
5. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Parts of the movie scenes were filmed in the city of Petra when the Indiana Bedouin was searching for the Holy Grail, and he went on his journey to the Valley of the Moon and the Holy Temple, and the film won the Oscar and achieved revenues of more than 474 million dollars.
5. Lawrence of Arabia
The film was conceived in Wadi Rum, released in 1962, and won 7 Oscars, and the film was the reason for the fame of the artist Omar Sharif.
6. The Hurt Locker movie
The film was conceived in Jordan, released in 2008, and was nominated for six awards and won six of them.
It is a science fiction movie, released in 2012, and a number of its scenes were filmed in Jordan, in Wadi Rum, and it looked like a space planet, and the film earned more than 400 million dollars.
8. Mummy Returns
The movie was released in 2001, and the largest number of its scenes was filmed in Jordan, and earned more than 400 million dollars.
It is a political drama film, filmed in the Jordanian capital, Amman, and revolves around the story of the arrest of a Canadian journalist of Iranian origin in Tehran.
A short film released in 2019, the film tells the story of a man who initially thought that he was in a bad dream when he found himself in the middle of the desert (Wadi Rum desert), and did not know how to reach it. He started walking in search of a way out of that place, during On his journey, he encounters strange and frightening situations. However, he returns to discover later that this "journey" is not a dream, but a reality.
11. Rogue One
A 2016 action film packed with science fiction and adventure, it tells the story of the daughter of an imperial scientist who joins the Rebel Alliance in a perilous move to steal the Death Star's plans. The director chose "Valley of the Moon" in Wadi Rum to shoot some scenes because walking in Wadi Rum is very similar to walking on the surface of the moon. The overall cost of the work is estimated to be approximately $200 million.
12. Aladdin movie
A family movie with an element of adventure and fantasy released in 2019. It tells the story of a kind-hearted street kid and a power-hungry Grand Chest as they compete for a magical lamp that has the power to fulfill their deepest wishes. Parts of it were filmed in the Wadi Rum desert, with an estimated general cost of $183 million.