The Gulf Film Festival, the home of bold, experimental and contemporary cinema from the Arabian peninsula, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), has announced that Emirates Airline, Dubai’s flagship carrier, will be its official carrier for the fifth edition to be held from April 10 to 16, 2012.
Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Director of the Gulf Film Festival, said: “In the same way that Emirates celebrates the heritage and modernity of the Gulf across the world, the Gulf Film Festival showcases the creative vitality of the Arabian peninsula to all. We also share a common goal of welcoming the world to Dubai. We are proud to have their support.”
“As an airline with Middle Eastern roots, we are deeply invested in supporting all forms of artistic and cultural expression from the region,” said Sir Maurice Flanagan, Executive Vice Chairman - Emirates Airline & Groups: “The Gulf Film Festival not only provides a platform for burgeoning filmmaking talent, but also showcases state-of-the-art cinema from the region; further establishing Dubai’s reputation for rich diversity and cutting-edge technology – a vision we at Emirates share with the Festival.”
Emirates flies to 121 destinations in 72 countries and has been fundamental in establishing Dubai as the Middle East’s commercial centre and aviation hub. It operates more than 1,200 flights per week across six continents from its base at Dubai International Airport. Since its inception, Emirates airline has received more than 500 international accolades and laurels in recognition of its efforts to provide unparalleled levels of customer service.
GFF 2012 will be held at the InterContinental Hotel, Crowne Plaza and Grand Festival Cinemas at Dubai Festival City. The Investment Corporation of Dubai is the presenting sponsor of the Gulf Film Festival; Emirates Airline is its official carrier. GFF is supported by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and held in association with Dubai Studio City.