Ever watched the Oscars or some big awards show equivalent and spotted the celebs with a slew of goodies in their arms? Well, the chances are they have made the most of the gifting lounge. Ensuring the stars are pampered during the 12th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival, Global Communications Agency, formerly known as Lumin, are hosting an extravagant VIP lounge and we have the exclusive sneak peek.

Ahead of the launch of the 12th Dubai International Film Festival, Emirates Woman have been invited to have an exclusive look at what the celebrities will be treated to during their experience. And, of course, we decided to share the insight with you…

This year sees a fabulous range of local and international brands involved in the gifting lounge, which doubles up as an area for guests to relax and prepare for their premieres. In fact, as the official make-up partner of the lounge, MAKE UP FOR EVER will be offering its immaculate services to VIPs and celebrities alike, ensuring they look flawless on the red carpet.

Located across two suites in a private location within Al Qasr hotel, here’s a look at what the stars will be receiving:

Tod's DIFF Gifting Lounge

Tod’s new eyewear collection

Eyewear from Rivoli Group – guests can try on the eyewear fro the new modern Tod’s collection as well as the Tom Ford vintage range and the new lines from Mont Blanc and Roberto Cavalli.

Roberto Cavalli DIFF Gifting Lounge

Roberto Cavalli eyewear


Monkey Cookies – what started as a home grown experiment has turned into one of the UAE’s most popular cookie brands.

Monkey Cookies DIFF Gifting Lounge


Divine Beauty Lounge – guests can enjoy manicures, pedicures and massages within the VIP lounge, along with exclusive gifts.



Eisenberg – the leading skincare expert in Europe is bringing his enigmatic. art-inspired fragrances to the lounge. Each scent is unique and encased in bottles purer than crystal for a treasured keep-safe.




Caliente – this fashion-forward Emirati brand specialises in high-end trucker caps.



Ayaso Boutique – inspired and founded by a mother, daughter duo, the brand focuses on beautifully constructed kimonos, wraps and capes, all designed with the modern woman in mind.

Ayaso Boutique

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O’de Rose – an eclectic boutique that offers unique clothing, accessories, furniture, contemporary art and home décor.

o’de rose


Shiseido – one of the oldest and most renowned global beauty and cosmetics brand.


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RAWANA – Rawan Al Fassi’s eponymous jewellery collection makes its DIFF lounge debut. Inspired by her time in New York and Saudi Arabia, the brand works with gold, diamonds and precious stones to create beautiful pieces.



Ahmad Kurdi – high-end jewellery pieces that have developed a loyal clientele of high profile individuals, such as members of the royal family and heads of state.


ahmad kurdi

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Last year we met Emily Blunt at the Dubai International Film Festival. Check out the interview: 



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