Stunning desert where Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin was filmed revealed05/20/2019
Disney's highly-anticipated Aladdin live-action remake is hitting cinemas this week, and we can't wait to be whisked away to a whole new world!
Of course the action takes place in the fictional city of Agrabah, but the good news is that this time, you can actually go and visit the beautiful setting.
That's because while some of the scenes were filmed at Longcross Studios in Surrey, the bulk of the filming took place in Jordan's breathtaking Wadi Rum desert.
Mena Massoud, who plays Aladdin, previously confirmed the filming location when he shared a throwback image of himself in the desert while they were shooting the film.
It's not difficult to see why it caught the attention of the producers.
After all, Wadi Rum boasts dramatic sandstone mountains, sweeping sand dunes and landscapes, and plenty of rocky caverns and features that already look like something out of a fairytale.
In fact, it's not the first time that the desert has caught the attention of Hollywood. It's also served as a backdrop for films including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Martian, Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade and Lawrence of Arabia.
Although Wadi Rum is a protected desert in Jordan, you can go and visit if you want to check it out for yourself.
There are plenty of different ways to check out the landscape whether you embark on a camel or horse safari for a day trip from Aqaba or join one of the hiking and rock-climbing tours on offer.
Fancy discovering those Arabian Nights for yourself? There are plenty of spots where you can enjoy camping under the stars.
Jordan clearly held a special place in the cast's hearts as they were quick to return in January 2019, this time as they kicked off the press tour ahead of Aladdin's upcoming release.
This time they headed to the Amman Citadel, where Will Smith (who plays the genie) shared a clip of himself stood with Naomi Scott (Jasmine), Mena Massoud and Guy Ritchie.
Considering your own trip to Jordan? There are plenty of holiday firms which offer escorted holidays including trips to Wadi Rum.
For example, Titan Travel offers an eight-day tour from £1,749pp complete with trips to Wadi Rum and Petra.
Meanwhile, Mercury Holidays offers eight-day tours from £1169pp, and Hayes and Jarvis has a dedicated Jordan Highlights itinerary.
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