City shines in top TV series

DUBAI - A total of 30 million television viewers in Japan will see Emirates and Dubai showcased this month in one of the country's most popular drama-cum-travel programmes.

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Published: Mon 5 Jan 2004, 11:52 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:16 AM

A 20-strong crew from Fuji TV, one of Japan's top network TV stations, travelled on Emirates to Dubai late last year to film an episode of the popular TV series Stewardess Detective, which features three young airline cabin crew who enjoy solving mysteries in aviation settings.

"The formula for the programme is travel, gourmet food and suspense," said Line Producer Mr Norimune Inoue, during a break in filming in the desert near Al Khawaneej. The formula has proved to be a winner.

Emirates provided transportation not only for the actors and production crew but also for one tonne of equipment, costumes and props.

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 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 Mr Inoue.

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