BBC2 has commissioned a new three-part series from Spun Gold TV exploring the architecture and lifestyles of the wealthy inhabitants of Dubai.

The first episode of Spun Gold’s previous series for BBC Two, Inside Monaco, peaked at 5.6m, making it the most watched BBC Two Factual episode of 2020.

Inside Dubai: Playground of the Rich goes behind the scenes of the fast-growing city which now counts 52,000 millionaires and billionaires among its three million inhabitants. A tax haven and an ultra-modern, aspirational city, Dubai boasts the world’s tallest building, the world’s most expensive hotel and the world’s biggest shopping mall. Super cars are wrapped in gold and ATMs dispense real gold bars.

Dubai also has its share of reputational problems to deal with as it positions itself as a liberal gateway to the Gulf. The series meets the individuals who live and work there.

Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries, History and Religion, says: “Following on from Spun Gold’s huge ratings success of last year’s BBC Two series Inside Monaco, we hope this series will give viewers an insight into the world of those chasing the high life in the emirate of Dubai, a self-styled playground for the wealthy.”

Inside Dubai: Playground of the Rich is a Spun Gold TV production for BBC2. The Series Producer and Director is Chris Taylor, and the Executive Producers are Teresa Watkins and Daniela Neumann for Spun Gold. It was commissioned by Emma Loach. The series is being distributed by ITV Studios.

Jon Creamer

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