Images captured by photographer Mona Al Marzooqi, of the UAE’s The National , show what are believed to be the first photos on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. Al Marzooqi snapped the shots in the desert of emirate Abu Dhabi, on Tuesday morning. The photos show workers in a camp of tents moving a large round object with an uncanny resemblance to the foot of an Imperial AT-AT. The AT-AT famously debuted in the Battle of Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back.
With political turmoil in Tunisia, scenes on Luke Skywalker’s home plant of Tatooine, which have traditionally been filmed in the North African republic, are being filmed in the UAE. Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters December 18, 2015.