Mon Nov 05,2007

Dubai, 05 November, 2007: Dubai Duty Free, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah, founding partners of the Dubai International Film Festival, confirmed their continued support as “Principal Sponsors” of the fourth edition. Dubai Pearl returns for the second year as a principle sponsor of the high-profile international event, scheduled to take place from 9-16 December.

Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of DIFF, said: “These esteemed organizations have been integral to DIFF’s success, and their continued support highlights their confidence in the festival and its mission to become an internationally recognised cultural event.”

Colm McLoughlin, Managing Director of Dubai Duty Free, the third-largest duty free operation in the world, said: “The Dubai International Film Festival places the spotlight on the emirate as a leading business and leisure destination, in addition to highlighting the best in international cinema. Part of our role is to support initiatives that bring communities together, which DIFF achieves on a world scale. We are pleased to continue our relationship with the festival and look forward to another exciting edition.”

Maurice Flanagan, Executive Vice Chairman, Emirates Airline and Group said: \“Emirates is delighted to sponsor the Dubai International Film Festival, and to nurture and encourage film making talent in the region. This is the fourth consecutive year Emirates has been associated with the event and we are happy to have seen it grow from strength to strength with increased international presence and recognition.”

“In attracting visitors from all over the world to celebrate cinematic excellence in Dubai, the festival’s objective resonates well with Emirates’ own efforts to promote Dubai as a world-class centre for tourism, commerce and sports.”

Gerald Lawless, Chief Executive Officer of Jumeirah, said: “We are delighted to welcome DIFF back to Madinat Jumeirah, its home since its inception. DIFF embodies Dubai hospitality, and it is a pleasure for us to help them do so. Hosting the hundreds of cinema lovers, industry players, media guests and international celebrities brings forward our international offerings and helps position the emirate as the destination to discover.”

Waleed Ghafari, Founder and Member of the Board for Dubai Pearl, said: “Situated in the hub of media and technology that is fast becoming a model for business environments across the globe, Dubai Pearl supports and embraces events that put Dubai on the world’s cultural radar. Our association last year helped us communicate to a discerning audience in the film and media community that Dubai Pearl is a residence that nurtures creativity.”

The fourth edition of DIFF will run from 9 to 16 December, 2007.

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