DIFC Supports Dubai International Film Festival

Wed Dec 05,2007

Dubai, December 5, 2007: The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today announced that the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the world’s fastest growing financial centre, has become the festival’s sole ‘Supported By’ sponsor.

His Excellency Dr Omar Bin Sulaiman, Governor of the DIFC commented: “Our ambition is for DIFC to highlight Dubai’s reputation, not just as a hub for business and finance, but as a centre for excellence and innovation across the board. Whilst the DIFC is driving the growth of the region’s financial sector, it is also stimulating Dubai’s expansion into other areas, such as art and culture. By supporting DIFF, we are supporting the development of regional talent.”

DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma said: “We are pleased to enjoy the support of the Dubai International Financial Centre, which is far-sighted enough to see the importance of culture and the arts to Dubai’s development as a true regional hub. Our areas of activity may seem far removed, but in fact are united in purpose: to raise Dubai’s reputation globally and to continue to guide its development as a community with much to offer both residents and visitors alike.”

DIFF 2007 will run from December 9 to 16, and will see top films and talent from the West, East and the Arab world gather in Dubai.

Media enquiries:


Amira Abdulla                                                     
Dubai International Financial Centre              
Tel: +971 4 362 2433                                          

Shaima Al Zarouni
Dubai InternationalFinancial Centre
Tel: +971 4 362 2432


Majid Wasi
Senior Account Manager
Tel:  +9714 361 3333
Fax: +9714 368 8001

Notes to Editors:

About DIFF:


The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) was launched in December 2004 under the theme: Bridging Cultures. Meeting Minds.

DIFF is held under the honorary Chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. DIFF is a not-for-profit cultural event, presented and organised by the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority.

As the previous editions of DIFF have demonstrated, the Festival not only presents cinematic excellence from around the world, but is also an important high-profile platform for aspiring home-grown talent.

“Bridging Cultures. Meeting Minds,” has been hailed by all as a unique and relevant theme to promote better understanding and mutual respect between different communities and countries.

Since its inception, DIFF has become an important meeting point for international and regional filmmakers and industry professionals setting the foundation for potential future collaborations.

The past three editions of DIFF have presented more than 250 films, documentaries and shorts from more than 48 countries.

DIFF 2006

In 2006 the festival took place at the magnificent Madinat Jumeirah resort. As a further commitment of DIFF’s endeavours to facilitate greater opportunities for regional Arab talent, the Muhr Awards was launched. Another first for DIFF in 2006 was the setting up of the Industry Office, which was established with a view to exclusively assist the needs of all registered delegates.

DIFF 2007

The fourth edition of the Dubai International Film Festival will take place from December 9-16 and will present the best of Arab and international cinema in the feature film, shorts and documentary formats. Building on the success of last year, DIFF 2007 will also host the Muhr Awards and the Industry Office with new features.

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About the DIFC:

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is an onshore hub for global finance. It bridges the time gap between the financial centres of Hong Kong and London and services a region with the largest untapped emerging market for financial services.

In just three years, over 500 firms have registered at the DIFC. They operate in an open environment complemented with world-class regulations and standards. The DIFC offers its member institutions incentives such as 100 per cent foreign ownership, zero tax on income and profits and no restrictions on foreign exchange. In addition their business benefits from modern infrastructure, operational support and business continuity facilities of uncompromisingly high standards.

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