Dubai Duty Free, Emirates Airline, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai Pearl, renew support for Dubai International Film Festival

Sat Nov 05,2011

Dubai, UAE; November 5, 2011: For its eighth edition, the Dubai International Film Festival will partner with industry leaders Dubai Duty Free, Emirates Airline, Madinat Jumeirah, and Dubai Pearl, to bring the highly anticipated event to UAE audiences.  The Festival will be held from December 7 to 14, 2011.

The Festival, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, is a non-profit, cultural initiative that positions Dubai on the regional and international calendar.

Mr. Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of the Dubai International Film Festival, said the Festival relies on its strategic relationships with the city’s most renowned business entities to deliver the hospitality, service, global reach and socioeconomic value that the event has become renowned for.

“The unstinting support we receive from Dubai Duty Free, Emirates Airline, Madinat Jumeirah, and Dubai Pearl, is a major driver of our Festival’s success. Their contribution spans the world, from the minute our delegates leave their homes, and continues through their stay in Dubai, and takes the message of the Festival far and wide. Their continued endorsement of DIFF also speaks to the valuable brand building potential that the Festival offers.”

Mr. Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free said: “The Dubai International Film Festival has served as a cultural backdrop for the region’s film industry as well as presenting the very best and latest from the international world of cinema. We are pleased to continue our support for this event which has gone from strength to strength over the years.”

Mr. Abdul Majeed Ismail Al Fahim, Chairman of Pearl Dubai said: “We firmly believe that the corporate sector has a significant role to play in supporting culture across the UAE.  We are delighted to be a principal sponsor of the Dubai International Film Festival, and I’m sure this year’s event will be another tremendous success.”

Sir Maurice Flanagan, Executive Vice Chairman of Emirates Airline & Group, the official airline of the Dubai International Film Festival, said: “The Dubai International Film Festival has truly become a formidable international force, and we are very proud to continue our support of the Festival for another successful year. Attracting the most established names in cinema as well as visitors from around the world, the Festival has helped enhance Dubai’s cultural landscape, and adds to an already impressive list of major sporting and cultural events we support.  Emirates is greatly invested in the development of Dubai as a centre for the arts and a hub for tourism and commerce; with the Festival, we share a common philosophy to foster dialogue and an exchange of ideas.”


“Madinat Jumeirah – The Arabian Resort has been the proud home of the Dubai International Film Festival since Day One, eight years ago,” said Mr. Robert Kunkler, General Manager of Madinat Jumeirah. “The Festival, bringing together acclaimed actors, directors and critics from around the world, contributed greatly to position Dubai as an open and hospitable city. It is also an unrivalled opportunity for Madinat Jumeirah to present to the world its renowned facilities and services. “

Dubai Duty Free is currently the single largest airport retailer in the world providing first-class customer service, excellent value for money, a wide range of quality product and a world-class shopping environment. The organisation is committed to promote Dubai as the sports, leisure and business capital of the Middle East through its operations and promotional activities.

Once completed, Dubai Pearl will be a world class, mixed-use, 20 million sq ft integrated development. Overlooking the Palm Jumeirah Island in the heart of the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone, the development will set a new benchmark for sustainable urban communities in Dubai in creating a 24-hour living, walkable community where people can work, play and live in a single destination.

The Official Airline of DIFF, Emirates flies to more than 100 destinations in over 60 countries and has been fundamental in establishing Dubai as the Middle East’s commercial centre and aviation hub. It operates more than 1,000 flights per week across six continents from its base at Dubai International airport, which has the capacity to handle 70 million passengers per year.

Madinat Jumeirah - The Arabian Resort of Dubai, the home of the Dubai International Film Festival, is a magnificent tribute to Dubai’s heritage and is styled to resemble an ancient Arabian citadel. Two grand boutique hotels, 29 courtyard summer houses, two kilometres of private beach, a traditional souk, Talise Spa, 44 world class restaurants, lounges, the region’s leading conference and banqueting centre, unlimited recreational facilities and the Quay Healthclub - all this and more combine to make Madinat Jumeirah one of the most fascinating resorts in the world.

The eighth Dubai International Film Festival will be held from December 7 to 14, 2011, in association with Dubai Studio City and supported by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. For more and updated information about DIFF, please visit or join DIFF on   and


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