The National reports:
The Dubai Government has refused permission for parts of the sequel of Sex and the City... to be filmed at Dubai Studio City.
Dubai Studio City said the producers of Sex and the City 2 had submitted the script to Location Approval Services (LAS).
“In accordance with its standard procedures, LAS referred the script to the relevant government authority to review the same by taking into consideration the multicultural fabric of the society and its perceptions,” Dubai Studio City said in a statement.
Further to the recommendation of the government authority, the request for filming was declined.”
Personally, I think this is a great decision. The first SatC movie was a disaster and nothing compared to the original HBO series. Dubai government should certainly not allow this madness to continue.
On a serious note though, the first film was not shown in the UAE and it'll be safe to assume the second won't be screened here either. If that is the case, what difference would it have made if one was shot with Burj Al Arab / Ski Dubai in the backdrop? Dubai's general theme goes with the glitz and the glamour of the show.