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21 September 2021: BBC2 has commissioned a new three-part series from Spun Gold TV exploring the incredible architecture and lifestyles of the wealthy inhabitants – and the people who work for them – in one of the world’s most iconic locations: Dubai. 

Inside Dubai: Playground of the Rich (3×60’)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 has been designed and curated as a pleasure dome for the world’s richest and most glamorous people, but it’s also had 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 to find out what makes this incredible city tick.

Daniela Neumann, Managing Director of Spun Gold TV says: “Following the success of Inside Monaco: Playground of the Rich, this series on Dubai peeks behind the curtain and luxuriates in the glamour of the fastest growing city on earth. But is all that glitters really gold? This controversial destination has its secrets but is unlikely to stop being a favoured aspirational holiday spot.”

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.”

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 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.