Dubai, 14 November 2013: Madinat Jumeirah, the luxurious Arabian resort of Dubai, is delighted to once again welcome the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), now in its tenth year.
Madinat Jumeirah has been the official home of this influential film platform since its inception in 2004, welcoming a galaxy of stars and VIP guests to the beautiful property each year. Over the past decade, Madinat Jumeirah has extended warm Arabian hospitality to Hollywood stars including Tom Cruise, Diane Kruger, Orlando Bloom, Christina Ricci, Ben Affleck, Colin Farrell, Owen Wilson, Colin Firth, and Gerard Butler.
Last year top talent Cate Blanchett and Frieda Pinto lit up the red carpet, praising Madinat Jumeirah as the venue for DIFF.
Academy Award winner Cate, who will return as a guest this year, said: “I think the venue is just wonderful. Madinat Jumeirah is akin to the Roman Empire, it’s so huge and expansive. Dubai is a gateway in so many ways, the UAE and Madinat are the perfect places to host DIFF.”
Actress Freida Pinto, who attended in 2012 as a jury member on the panel for short films, praised Madinat Jumeirah for providing world class hospitality to the movie industry attendees.
She said: “I absolutely love it. It’s a massive property, a big resort but I find everything from basic hospitality, the restaurants to the staff and the doormen fantastic. It’s so welcoming, you feel like you’re at home.
“You always think you get lost in this hotel, but you can’t because everyone is so friendly and guests are so well looked after. Every couple of metres there are hotel staff who will help and direct you to where you want to go, so you can’t even get lost even if you try. Dubai is a beautiful place to work. It’s the kind of work I really enjoy.”
The tenth edition of DIFF is set to take place between 6 – 14 December 2013. Madinat Jumeirah, home to the Dubai International Film Festival, is a principal sponsor of DIFF.
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About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts includes Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi; Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai; Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa in Kuwait; Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel in Baku; Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives; Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai; Jumeirah Frankfurt in Germany; Jumeirah Grand Hotel via Veneto in Rome; Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa in Mallorca, Spain; Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah in Istanbul; as well as Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah LivingTM; the wellness brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi WaterparkTM; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and SiriusTM, its global loyalty programme.
About Madinat Jumeirah:
Madinat Jumeirah Resort is the proud home of the Dubai International Film Festival and provides guests with an authentic and unique Arabian experience. Set on a private beach, the resort is an authentic recreation of ancient Arabia, capturing the natural beauty of the region and is interconnected by nearly 3km of waterways and landscaped gardens. Madinat Jumeirah features two grand boutique hotels – Al Qasr and Mina A’Salam, accommodation in 29 traditional summer houses, Dar Al Masyaf, plus seven exclusive Malakiya Villas. There are also extensive conference and banqueting facilities, including two grand ballrooms, a 1000-seat amphitheatre and the region’s only dedicated entertainment centre and multi-purpose venue, Madinat Arena. The Resort also provides extensive leisure and health facilities including Talise Fitness and Talise Spa, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a traditional retail and dining experience showcasing the best of Arabia.
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