When you so much of an evil genius that you have figured a way to use major Hollywood studio productions to fund and provide your adrenaline junkie vacations then there is only one thing other you need. Countries with an open attitude to health and safety with a voracious appetite for global promotion.

So enter the United Arab Emirates. Fast becoming a favorite playground of Tom Cruise and the Mission: Impossible crew. Having already done the climbing stunts up the outside of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, for Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol and then followed that up with a simulated HALO skydive in Abu Dhabi for Mission: Impossible Fallout, they are heading back a third time.

The star was spotted with Ahmad Al Shaikh, the Managing Director of Dubai Media Incorporated, the official media organization of the Dubai government. Al Shaikh said:

“I was very happy to welcome and host my good friend Tom Cruise in Dubai this afternoon. The global star is on a working visit to the UAE, as he’s shooting one of his future projects in Abu Dhabi. Our friendship spans for more than 10 years, and I’m honoured that we get to catch up every now and then whenever he is off camera, whether it’s in Dubai or elsewhere.”

Both director Christopher McQuarrie and Simon Pegg have dropped posts on social media from Abu Dhabi too.

Venice filming was totally ditched back in February after Italy found itself the global epicenter of COVID-19. They did manage to bag a Rome set sequence in a few days before heading to Leavesden in Surrey for studio work. They then went on location again to Møre og Romsdal, Norway, in August. An October shoot in Italy was ditched after a crew member tested positive for Coronavirus.

Following this, the return to the UK hit the headlines over a well publicized rant between Cruise and some crew members who were breaking COVID protocols. Audio of the incident went viral. Fans and commentators were split over whether the reaction was over the top or if he was being fair given the money at stake in any COVID delays and reshoots. In a rant worthy of Christian Bale on a Terminator set, he robustly communicated:

“We are the gold standard, they’re back there in Hollywood making movies right now because of us!! Because they believe in us and what we’re doing!! I’m on the phone with every f***ing studio at night. Insurance companies!! Producers!! And they’re looking at us, and using us to make their movies.

We are creating thousands of jobs, you motherf**kers! I don’t ever want to see it again!! Ever!! And if you don’t do it, you’re fired! If i see you do it again, you’re f***ing gone. And anyone on this crew does it, that’s it! And you, too. And you, too. And you. If you ever do it again, that’s it.”

So, that told them! The movie is currently due out on 19 November, 2021 and is being filmed back-to-back with the next instalment .