Aladdin filming locations: The magical city of Agrabah and the desert of Wadi Rum

Agrabah Aladdin
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Disney’s new live-action remake of the classic 1992 animated film Aladdin, takes us back to the magical land of the One Thousand and One Nights, before oil wars and several Middle East crisis ruined somehow the classic romantic imagery of the Arabian world.

This fairy tale story, directed by Guy Ritchie, stars Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Mena Massoud plays the poor thief Aladdin. The main cast is completed by Will Smith, performing the genie of the wonderful lamp.

Most of Aladdin was filmed in Longcross Studios in Surrey (UK) and Arborfield Studios near Reading. However, the scenes in the desert were actually shot in a real wonderful place, the amazing Wadi Rum in Jordan.

Where was Aladdin filmed?

Agrabah location
The design of fictional city of Aladdin, Agrabah, is heavily influencied by Arabia. Production designer Gemma Jackson (who also worked in Game of Thrones), recognized in this promotional video that she was inspired by a large variety of locations. The town features elements from Morocco's colorful streets, Istanbul's Ottoman architecture, India's Taj Majal and the magnificent palaces of Jaipur. Image courtesy of Disney




Where is Agrabah
All the streets, the square and the palace of Agrabah were recreated on a large and detailed set built in Longcross Studios in England. Image courtesy of Disney


Aladdin Wadi Rum
Jordan's Wadi Rum Nature Preserve is a very popular location for filmmakers. It has been featured in many other productions like The Martian, Prometheus or Star War's spin-off Rogue One
Image courtesy of Disney - Map


Aladdin drehort
The arch pictured is the rock bridge at Jebel Kharazeh. You can visit this UNESCO World Heritage site travelling to Wadi Rum, considered one of the world’s most impressive desert landscapes. The entrance to the Cave Of Wonders was filmed in the Seven Pillars Of Wisdom.


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