25. Rub’ al Khali Desert, Abu Dhabi, UAE

In The Force Awakens, we meet a new desert planet, Jakku, which is the harsh and lifeless home world of Rey. This is where Rey meets BB-8 and Finn soon after their introduction in the film. Because a new desert planet necessitates a new desert filming location, the production picked the Rub’ al Khali Desert to represent Jakku. Filming was completed in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, but the Rub’ al Khali Desert extends across multiple nations and includes Saudi Arabia and Oman as well.Greenham Common in UKTony Rose / shutterstock.com