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Government Departments Pledge Continued Support for DIFF 2006

Tue Nov 07,2006

Senior officials of the 12 key Dubai government departments and the Federal Ministry of Education have pledged continued support to the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), as the festival draws closer to its third edition which will take place from 10-17 December.

At a networking event held at the Le Meridien Mina Siyahi, discussions between the DIFF management and government officials focused on finalizing logistical arrangements including hospitality, air and sea customs, traffic control and other functional areas critical to the success of the event that attracts widespread media attention.

Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman, DIFF said: “The success of the festival’s previous two editions is a testimony to the collaborative efforts of our colleagues in the Federal and local government departments.

“The operational results of inter-departmental cooperation will continue to serve as our benchmark this year, as we prepare to host a world-class event that reflects top quality standards. In doing that, we will provide our audience with an incomparable film festival experience.”

Among those who participated in the festival working group logistical meeting were the departments of Department of Civil Aviation Dubai, Dubai Ports and Customs, Dubai Police, Dubai Civil Defence, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Dubai Municipality, the Department of Health and Medical Services, Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department, Road and Transport Authority, Dubai Cultural Council, and Dubai TV.

In the run-up to DIFF 2006, these departments are working closely with each other and with the festival management and security team.  The specialty each offers, from customs clearance for incoming specialized festival equipment to collaborating with academic establishments for the volunteers programme, has already established streamlined processes ahead of the festival’s week long run in December.

Major Omar Al Shamsi-Chief of Public Relations and Protocol, Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department said: “All of us in the government are dedicated to providing the highest level of service to ensure yet another successful edition of DIFF. We take pride in providing festival guests with a welcoming experience that will reflect Dubai’s conformity to quality and showcase it as an ideal film festival destination.”

DIFF 2006 expects to draw an audience of over 30,000 people, in addition to close to 100 celebrities from around the world, 550 film makers and industry guests, and more than 650 members of the world, regional and local press.

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