Dubai International Film Festival lights up silver screens across the city

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British actor Sir Patrick Stewart, above in suit, who played Professor Charles Xavier in the “X-Men” franchise, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his almost-six-decade-long career. (Arab News)
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Bollywood actor Irfan Khan, who has also played roles in Hollywood films, is set to be honored for his significant contribution to the international film industry. (DIFF)
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Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett was in attendance at the opening gala night of the Dubai International Film Festival. (DIFF)
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Egyptian writer Wahid Hamed, right, will be given an honorary award for his four-decade career. (DIFF)
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The 14th annual Dubai International Film Festival rolled out the red carpet for the film industry’s glitterati. (Arab News)
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The 14th annual Dubai International Film Festival rolled out the red carpet for the film industry’s glitterati. (Arab News)
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The 14th annual Dubai International Film Festival rolled out the red carpet for the film industry’s glitterati. (Arab News)
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The 14th annual Dubai International Film Festival rolled out the red carpet for the film industry’s glitterati. (Arab News)
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The 14th annual Dubai International Film Festival rolled out the red carpet for the film industry’s glitterati. (Arab News)
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The 14th annual Dubai International Film Festival rolled out the red carpet for the film industry’s glitterati. (Arab News)
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The 14th annual Dubai International Film Festival rolled out the red carpet for the film industry’s glitterati. (Arab News)
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The 14th annual Dubai International Film Festival rolled out the red carpet for the film industry’s glitterati. (Arab News)
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The 14th annual Dubai International Film Festival rolled out the red carpet for the film industry’s glitterati. (Arab News)
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The 14th annual Dubai International Film Festival rolled out the red carpet for the film industry’s glitterati. (Arab News)
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The 14th annual Dubai International Film Festival rolled out the red carpet for the film industry’s glitterati. (Arab News)
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The 14th annual Dubai International Film Festival rolled out the red carpet for the film industry’s glitterati. (Arab News)
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The 14th annual Dubai International Film Festival rolled out the red carpet for the film industry’s glitterati. (Arab News)
Updated 08 December 2017
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Dubai International Film Festival lights up silver screens across the city

The 14th annual Dubai International Film Festival began with a bang on Wednesday evening, with a red carpet roll out to mark the beginning of a stellar line-up of film premieres and screenings across the city.

Taking place from Dec. 6 – 13, the festival will showcase more than 140 short and feature-length films in more than 38 languages from 51 countries in the Arab world and beyond. The movies are set to be screened across the city, including the main location at Souk Madinat Jumeirah as well as VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates and VOX Cinemas, Galleria Mall.

The Opening Night Gala on Wednesday presented award-winning director Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles,” starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike.

This year, organizers have chosen three individuals to receive DIFF Honorary Awards in celebration of those who have contributed to the international film industry.

British actor Sir Patrick Stewart, who played Professor Charles Xavier in the “X-Men” franchise, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his almost-six-decade-long career, while Egyptian writer Wahid Hamed will also be given an honorary award for his four-decade career. Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, who has also played roles in Hollywood films, is set to be honored for his significant contribution — including his more than 80 films — to the international film industry.


The film festival features a series of competition segments, including the highly contested Muhr Competition for feature fiction and non-fiction. Short films from the Arab world’s established and new talent will be screened as part of the competition and the winner will qualify for Oscar nominations.

Masoud Amralla Al-Ali, DIFF’s artistic director, said: “At its heart, DIFF was conceived to provide a platform for Arab talent, and every year we strive to showcase and support the best work coming out of the region. We are excited to welcome over 59 regional films to the Festival this year, each making sure that voices from this part of the world are heard.”

The festival is set to close with a highly anticipated screening of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” on Dec. 13, the latest installment in the internationally loved series and the last time late actress Carrie Fisher appeared on screen.


Dubai’s casual Peruvian outpost wants you to feel your food this Ramadan

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Dubai’s casual Peruvian outpost wants you to feel your food this Ramadan

  • LIMA Dubai is offering set iftar menus at $54 per person during Ramadan
  • Is is located at City Walk

DUBAI: LIMA Dubai, a casual dining outpost of Peruvian cuisine in Dubai, is offering up a four-course iftar menu throughout the Holy Month featuring gems from the Latin American country.

To begin, we were offered a hearty Peruvian Aguadito Soup, with a chicken breast and potatoes steeped in a creamy blend of coriander and corn. Although the potatoes were rather underdone, the soup was flavorful, yet gentle — the perfect opener.

Next up was a pair of refreshing appetizers — a Salmon Tiradito and a Solterito Salad. The ceviche-style salmon with tiger’s milk was a tad bland, with the usually tangy Peruvian dressing failing to hit the right note. The salad, however, was a different story. Crunchy, deep-fried strips of beetroot were sprinkled over a springy, fresh mix of rocket leaves and olives, all dressed in a tantalizingly tangy Japanese mayonnaise dressing. Tiny pops of sweetcorn and soft chips of halloumi cheese offered up a mixture of textures in one of my favorite dishes of the night.

And on that note, the mains were served up and I discovered another gem — the Lamb Seco.

Unbelievably tender, the lamb slices were served atop a thick coriander-based sauce, with a pumpkin puree on the side, and were topped with crunchy swirls of slivered, fried pumpkin.

The Baby Chicken was served grilled after being marinated in a glaze of panka chili, which was also offered on the side as a pouring sauce. The fragrant chicken, which was slightly salty for my taste, was dished up on a bed of herbs in a clay case alongside a slightly-too-gloopy cassava puree with hunks of chorizo buried within.

Our colorful table was completed with a side dish of Tacu Tacu Lentils, a puree of pulses, rice and chilies topped with sharp, pickled red onions.

Textures played a big role in the carefully thought out menu and the dessert carried on with that theme.

A rich dark chocolate mousse with white chocolate ice cream and gritty, delicious chocolate soil  was one of the stars of the meal. For a quirky edge, discs of dark chocolate jelly adorned the plate to provide yet another textural element. The decision to pare down the competing flavors offered us the chance to feel the food and appreciate the crunch of the dark crumbs against a creamy, cold lick of ice cream.

LIMA Dubai is offering set iftar menus at $54 per person during Ramadan.