A-List praise for Madinat Jumeirah as final credits roll on Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF)
Luxury Arabian resort of Dubai draws the curtain on 2013 Dubai International Film Festival
Dubai, 18 December: Madinat Jumeirah welcomed a host of top international acting talent for the 10th edition of DIFF, which saw 174 films from 57 nations screened from 6 – 14 December, 2013.
Each year Madinat Jumeirah welcomes a galaxy of stars and VIP guests to the beautiful property and has been the official home of this influential film platform since its inception in 2004.
This year Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett returned to Madinat Jumeirah for the second time in 12 months when she lit up the red carpet on the opening night for Arabic movie Omar.
British actress Naomie Harris, who attended a gala screening of Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom in Madinat Arena, enjoyed staying in one of Madinat Jumeirah’s exclusive Malakiya Villas. She said: “It’s beautiful; I’m having the most amazing time.”
Veteran actor Martin Sheen, who received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, shared insights into his career, life and fame during an intimate Q&A session in Madinat Theatre.
While he remained busy due to DIFF commitments, he expressed interest in exploring more of Madinat Jumeirah on his next visit. He said: “I’ve been on a tight schedule since I got here so I really need to come back to get the true experience because there is so much to do and see.”
In between interviews and screenings, American actor Michael B Jordan, the star of Fruitvale Station, spent time relaxing on the terrace of Koubba Bar in Al Qasr Hotel. The sweeping views of the resort from Koubba Bar also impressed Bollywood leading lady Priyanka Chopra, who was at Madinat Jumeirah for DIFF with her Gunday co-stars Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and director AlAbbas Zafar.
Over the past decade, Madinat Jumeirah has extended warm Arabian hospitality to Hollywood stars including Colin Firth, Tom Cruise, Diane Kruger, Orlando Bloom, Christina Ricci, Ben Affleck, Colin Farrell, Owen Wilson, Colin Firth, and Gerard Butler.
About Madinat Jumeirah:
Set on a private beach, Madinat Jumeirah is an authentic recreation of ancient Arabia, capturing the natural beauty of the region. The resort features two grand boutique hotels, Al Qasr and Mina A’ Salam, accommodation in 29 traditional summer houses in Dar Al Masyaf, seven exclusive Malakiya villas, 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 facilities are interconnected by 3km of waterways and landscaped gardens. The resort also provides extensive leisure and health facilities including Talise Spa and Talise Fitness, as well as Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a traditional retail and dining experience showcasing the best of Arabia.
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.