From the looks of it, the "City" has landed in the Persian Gulf. Well, sort of. Yet the ample Abu Dhabi scenes were filmed in Morocco. They wanted the girls to be in a rich, modern Arab city. Producers worked for six months to obtain shooting permits; Sarah Jessica Parker, the movie's main star and its executive producer, was personally involved in advancing the request.
This week, ten years ago, the world bid a fond farewell to some of the most outspoken, large-living and fashionable women ever to grace our humble TV screens. The ladies of Sex and the City sashayed out of our living rooms in their nine-inch Louboutins and walked straight onto the silver screen with film adaptations of the hit series. With its focus on designer accessories and scandalous love triangles, squares and any other shape you can imagine, the show was loved by label-touting Middle Easterners and, according to commentators, had a significant impact on the region. The tumultuous love lives of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda have played out on TV screens around the world, with audiences lapping up the steamy love scenes and girl power break-up recoveries. Another breath of fresh air was the idea that women could talk openly about sex, said Sinno. Saudi Arabia-based advertising specialist Eissa Bougary has a different take on why the show found fans in the Middle East. Considering the cultural taboo on extra-marital sex in the Islamic world, it may be surprising to some that the show gained ground with Arabs.