Emirates Airline, Dubai Duty Free and Madinat Jumeirah Support DIFF for 9th Consecutive Year
Sun Oct 21,2012
Dubai, October 21st, 2012 – The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today announced that principal and founding sponsors Dubai Duty Free, Emirates Airlines and Madinat Jumeirah will continue their support for Dubai’s premier film event for the ninth consecutive year.
The highly anticipated festival, to take place December 9 to 16, is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Abdulhamid Juma, DIFF Chairman, applauded the Principal Sponsors’ dedication to the event, which brings thousands of visitors to Dubai annually and is a respected industry player at regional and international levels.
“For nine years, our esteemed founding and principal sponsors—global brands in their own right—have supported us as we have grown from strength to strength, allowing us to stimulate unprecedented growth in Middle Eastern cinema and to put Dubai on the world stage. Their continued backing speaks volumes to their dedication to culture and the arts in the region, and we look forward to a wonderful ninth edition thanks to their continued partnership.”
Sir Maurice Flanagan, Executive Vice Chairman of Emirates Airline & Group, the festival’s official airline, said: “The Dubai International Film Festival is a formidable force on Dubai’s cultural landscape, and it is extremely rewarding for us at Emirates to support the development of film-making and indeed, artistic expression in the Middle East. We are proud to extend our support of the Festival that has worked tirelessly to not only develop local talent, but also attract international stalwarts in cinema to the region, thus enriching Dubai’s profile and adding to an already impressive list of major sporting and cultural events.”
Mr. Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, said: “In a relatively short space of time, the Dubai International Film Festival has established itself as unique event in a highly competitive field. Thanks to the hard work of the DIFF Chairman and his team, the film festival has grabbed the attention of the international film world, and at the same time, has supporting the growing film industry within the Middle East. Dubai Duty Free is happy to be a part of DIFF and its continued success.”
Madinat Jumeirah, the official home of DIFF, is now synonymous with the festival. Mr. Gerald Lawless, President and Group Chief Executive Officer of Jumeirah Group, said: “Madinat Jumeirah is proud to be home to the Dubai International Film Festival. We have watched with fondness the Dubai International Film Festival grow over the years and become such an important event in the Middle East. We are delighted to host DIFF once again. Welcome to the artists who make the magic happen on the screen and behind the scene, and welcome back to the faithful movie fans.”