DIFF’s Red Carpet Glitters with Stars

Tue Nov 28,2006

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) anticipates increased A-List attendance this year, meaning the opening night red carpet will be thronged with top celebrities from Hollywood, Bollywood and the Arab world.

Hollywood celeb guests include Joshua Jackson and Laurence Fishburne, who are in Dubai to promote their film Bobby, directed by Emilio Estevez, which will open DIFF 2006. Barrie Osborne, producer of Lord of the Rings, will also be in attendance.

Glamour seekers will not be disappointed, with hot stars such as Ivana Milicevic, who played Valenka in Casino Royale, and Diane Kruger, who played Helen in Troy (2004).

Oliver Stone will screen his new World Trade Center, and will also receive the DIFF Salutes honour from the festival, as will the much-loved Shah Rukh Khan, the ultimate Indian actor, and Nabil Maleh, the Syrian filmmaker.

Bollywood will send a contingent of its brightest stars: besides Shah Rukh Khan, screen legend and style icon Dev Anand (Guide), with over 100 films to his credit, will appear, as will dashing newcomer John Abraham (Water, Dhoom) and Mohan Lal the Southern superstar. Festivalgoers should expect to see the red carpet ablaze with the latest in style from the Subcontinent.

Arab celebrities that will grace this year’s DIFF include a veritable who’s who of Egyptian film royalty: veteran Mahmoud Abdul Aziz, master actor Salah Saadany, comedian Ahmed Bider, and Hani Salama have all confirmed attendance.

The ladies that will boost the red carpet’s glamour quotient will be: Hind Sabri, new star Mona Zaki and favourite Hanan Turk. Laila Elowi, a jury member for the Muhr Awards, and the gorgeous Mervat Amine will also shine.

Celebrity guests from the GCC will include: from Kuwait, Hayat al Fahad, Abdul Hussain Adbulredha, Saad al Faraj, Ghanem al Saleh, and Mohammed al Mansour; from Qatar, Ghanem al Salaifi and Abdul Aziz al Jassim.

There will also be a number of writers and industry heads, as well as high-profile non-film guests, among them Prince Albert of Monaco, ruler of Monaco and son of the late American film actress Grace Kelly.

Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of DIFF, commented on the high-profile guests among those attending the festival: “DIFF is becoming more prominent on a global scale, and so is naturally attracting those who contribute their talents to the film industry: actors, directors and producers. Our red-carpet attendance is a plus for DIFF and also for Dubai, as our city becomes more prominent on the world stage.”

DIFF will run from 10 to 17 December, and is in its third year.

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