The best of the red-carpet action from the opening night of DIFF

From top models to award-winning performers, some of the industry’s biggest and brightest names are in town this week.

It’s that time of year again, when the crème de la crème of Hollywood descend upon Dubai to celebrate the art of cinema.

The Dubai International Film Festival, which is now in its 14th year, is being held from December 6 to 13, taking over the city with screenings and special talks.

Cate Blanchett dazzled on the red carpet in Dubai last night
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One of the glitziest events in the calendar is the festival’s opening gala, which took place at the Madinat Jumeirah last night, drawing Oscar winners, Bond girls, models and even royalty on to the red carpet.


We’ve already covered the four Lifetime Achievement Awards handed out on the night (hello, Cate Blanchett and Sir Patrick), but here, we’re rounding up the best of the A-list action.


Sonam Kapoor

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The Bollywood star stepped out in a monochromatic number by Lebanese label Ashi Studio. The Spring/Summer 2018 creation featured a structured bodice flowing into an ethereal skirt, paired with a long-length blazer worn nonchalantly over the shoulders. Easily one of the top three looks on the night.

Olga Kurylenko

The James Bond actress opted for a floor-length gown by Beirut-based designer Elie Saab. With intricate embroidery, a scattering of crystals, and touches of rich velvet, this decadent piece oozed high-octane glamour.

Cate Blanchett 

The Australian Oscar winner donned a flowing number by Giorgio Armani, featuring a latticed bodice, juxtaposition of prints, and a romantic bowed halterneck.

Jessica Kahawaty

Jessica Kahawaty

The Lebanese-Australian model and TV host plumped for a spaghetti-strapped gown from Ralph Lauren, with a gleam that perfectly caught the camera.

Sir Patrick Stewart

The Star Trek actor walked the red carpet with his wife, Sunny Ozell.

David Harbour

David Harbour

The Stranger Things star jetted into Dubai, shortly after a third season of the hit Netflix TV show was confirmed.

Hend Sabry

The Tunisian actress glittered in a green gown by Lebanese designer Ziad Nakad.

Vanessa Williams 

The Ugly Betty actress is in town to receive the Global Gift Excellence Award for her continuous contribution to philanthropic causes.

Wahid Hamed

Egyptian writer Wahid Hamed

Legendary Egyptian writer Wahid Hamed (right) was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award on the night.

Egyptian actress Youssra

Emirati film director Nayla Al Khaja

Huda Al Khatib 

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