The cast of 'Fast & Furious 6'. Paul Walker, fourth from left, died in a car accident in November 2013. Image Credit: Universal Pictures

Dubai: The all-star cast of Fast & Furious 7 will be heading to Abu Dhabi to continue filming in April, local producers have confirmed.

Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges will continue production of the franchise with the help of UAE-based production company twofour54 intaj.

Special effects filming already took place in the UAE capital in November 2013.

“We look forward to welcoming the stars and crew of Fast & Furious 7 in April,” Noura Al Kaabi, CEO of twofour54, said in a statement. “This is a great opportunity to not only generate international exposure for Abu Dhabi, but to also provide young Emiratis with work experience, which could help them to become the region’s future filmmakers.”

At the end of last year, Gibson visited the UAE to celebrate his birthday. He confirmed to tabloid! that he and the rest of the cast would be heading to the capital city at the beginning of the year to film and said that the finished product would be a tribute to his late co-star Paul Walker who died in a car crash in November.

“I’ve known him for 13 years, so you know, we gotta keep rocking. And we gotta keep this franchise alive,” he said. “At this point, because it’s a multicultural film that has [had an impact] around the world, I know he would want us to continue doing this on his behalf.”

Aiming to make Abu Dhabi a premiere choice for international film productions, the Abu Dhabi Film Commission is providing a financial incentive in the form of a 30 per cent rebate on production costs.