Japanese TV crew film serial in Dubai

30 million television viewers in Japan will have a chance to see all of Dubai’s landmarks in one of the country's most popular drama-cum-travel programmes.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  January 5, 2004

30 million television viewers in Japan will have a chance to see all of Dubai’s landmarks in one of the country's most popular drama-cum-travel programmes. A 20-member crew from Fuji TV, one of Japan's network TV stations, travelled to Dubai last month to film an episode of the popular TV series Stewardess Detective, which features three young airline cabin crew members, who enjoy solving mysteries. "The formula for the programme is travel, gourmet food and suspense," says line producer Norimune Inoue, during a break in filming in the desert near Al Khawaneej. “The formula has proved to be a winner,” he adds. In the latest episode, to be screened later this month, one of the young stewardesses, played by actress Naomi Zaizen, will be seen flying to Dubai on Emirates Airline with her husband, played by Takehiro Murata, for a romantic holiday. They take a dinner cruise on Dubai Creek, stroll through the famous Gold Souk, see the Jumeirah Mosque, take a trip back in time at the Dubai Museum and go on safari in the desert. The holiday helps Naomi's character to solve a mystery she had encountered back home in Japan. "We aim to introduce new tourist spots, in Japan and overseas, and Dubai is hot in Japan at the moment. People see it as an exotic destination. We like to be one step ahead of the travelling public," said Inoue. "In featuring travel, we have a responsibility to point viewers in the right direction. It could be a serious problem if we led people to go to the wrong place, so the choice of a destination is a serious matter for us," he added.

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