The pictures look like the red carpet for a Hollywood film – but these A-listers were all in Dubai last night for a very good cause.

The city’s fourth annual Global Gift Gala was held last night at the Four Seasons Jumeirah Resort, and many stars offered or even snapped up prizes in the name of raising funds.

While there’s no one figure yet released for the amount raised, tickets to the sold-out event were going for between Dhs1,800 and Dhs3,600.

Global Gift Gala

 

Celebrities including honorary chair Eva Longoria, Working Girl actress Melanie Griffith, singer Anastasia, Andie MacDowell, Luke Hemsworth and The Revenant actor Will Poulter all turned up for the gala, hosted by the Dubai International Film Festival.

The I’m Outta Love songstress actually gave a performance on the night, while Griffith was given the Global Gift Humanitarian Award.

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So what about the auction itself? Well, Sex and the City actress Sarah Jessica Parker offered up an experience including the chance to have a shoe in her next collection named after the winner, along with a flight to New York for the launch and a meet-and-greet with the star. The winning bid? US$17,000 (Dhs62,440).

Griffith snapped up a book of Pablo Picasso’s drawings, signed by the man himself, for US$28,000 (Dhs102,800), and another art fan picked up a Mr. Brainwash piece celebrating the life of David Bowie for $25,000 (Dhs91,800).

Audi sold a R8, along with a European driving course, for $180,000 (Dhs661,000), while Longoria offered up a stay at a Paris hotel as well as some time with the actress herself.

Proceeds from the night went to charities across four continents – philanthropic organisation Dubai Cares, Indian children’s charity Harmony House, the Eva Longoria Foundation which aids Latinos in the US, and the Global Gift Foundation’s Casa Global Gift.

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