Weekend In Review: Dubai Film Festival, Eva Longoria Gets Engaged, Treehouse Lounge Launch, Diner En Blanc Dubai 2015

Dubai Film Festival 2015

The Dubai International Film Festival was in full swing over the weekend and abuzz with glitz and glamour.

Held at Madinat Arena, Madinat Theatre, The Beach and Mall Of The Emirates and running through December 16th, the internationally acclaimed film festival showcases 134 features, short films, documentaries, and world premieres from 60 countries.

Hollywood elites and UAE stars graced the red carpet on opening night with the likes of Kuwait-based Lebanese actress Laila Abdallah, Emirati directors Ali F. Mostafa and Nayla Al Khaja, Turkish actress Tuba Büyüküstün, Michael B. Jordan, Terrance J and Richard Dreyfuss, star of Jaws, who also attended the special tribute celebrating the movie’s 40th anniversary.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards saw the likes of icons Catherine Deneuve, Ezzat El Alaili, Sami Bouajila, and Naseeruddin Shah, where HH Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum honored Catherine Deneuve, the grande dame of French cinema with the award.

Hinde Boujemaa and Emirati Director Ali Mostafa and his wife attend the Opening Night Gala of ‘Room’ during day one of the 12th annual Dubai International Film Festival.
Hinde Boujemaa, Director Ali Mostafa and his wife attend the Opening Night Gala of ‘Room’ during the 12th annual Dubai International Film Festival.

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Dev Patel, writer Robert Kanigel, director Matt Brown at The Man Who Knew Infinity Premiere at the 12th Annual Dubai International Film Festival at Madinat Jumeirah on December 12, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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The inside view of the Madinat during the Dubai International Film Festival 2015.

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Terrence Howard is interviewed at the Global Gift Foundation Gala Dinner as his wife Miranda listens in.
Terrence Howard is interviewed at the Global Gift Foundation Gala Dinner as his wife Miranda listens in.

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Eva Longoria Gets Engaged In Dubai

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Love was in the air in Dubai as Eva Longoria got engaged to her boyfriend Jose Antonio Baston. Longoria announced the engagement on Instagram.

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Eva Longoria announced the news of her engagement to Jose Antonio Baston on her Instagram account on Sunday, accompanied by a photo of the two in an embrace while in Dubai, where the glamorous duo attended the Global Gift Gala at the Dubai International Film Festival on Saturday.

Eva wrote, “Ummmm so this happened….#Engaged #Dubai #Happiness.”

Treehouse Lounge Opens With A Splash

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The latest hot spot on Dubai’s night scene launched with a fantastic party over the weekend in Dubai. Treehouse Lounge

An exciting new addition has launched on Dubai’s nightlife scene.Treehouse is an intimate lounge surrounding a massive fireplace with a lush garden setting. With breathtaking views of Burj Khalifa and their incredible decor, it is worth checking out to enjoy a drink and eats.

Diner En Blanc Returns to Dubai

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The Authentique Diner En Blanc returned to Dubai for the second year. Approximately 1000 guests dressed in white at La Cantine du Faubourg. At the last minute, the location was revealed to invitees who had been waiting to learn the “Dîner en Blanc’s” secret location. The guests, dressed all in white, all meet for a mass “chic picnic” in a public space.

The first Dîner en Blanc premiered in Paris over 25 years ago. The Dîner en Blanc now brings together nearly 15,000 people each year in Paris alone.

According to their website, Dîner en Blanc experience is described as, “Over the course of an evening, the diners enhance the function and value of their city’s public space by participating in the unexpected. Beyond the spectacle and refined elegance of the dinner itself, guests are brought together from diverse backgrounds by a love of beauty and good taste. Le Dîner en Blanc recalls the elegance and glamour of court society, and diners engage one another knowing they are taking part in a truly magical event. There are no disruptions: no car traffic, no pedestrian traffic, except for the occasional amazed and astonished looks from passersby at the scene unfolding before them. And we, as they, wonder whether it’s all not a dream…”