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Films and fairways: Dubai gears up for twin events

UAE emirate will host Dubai World Championship and Dubai International Film Festival this week

Films and fairways: Dubai gears up for twin events
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland. Dubai World Championships will be held at the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates (Getty Images)
Films and fairways: Dubai gears up for twin events
Luke Donald of England and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland pictured with the Race to Dubai trophy during the pro-am event prior to the Dubai World Championships (Getty Images)
Films and fairways: Dubai gears up for twin events
A general view of atmosphere ahead of the 8th Annual Dubai International Film Festival (Getty Images for DIFF)
Films and fairways: Dubai gears up for twin events
YouTube will make history at this year's Dubai International Film Festival with a free live-stream of the red carpet opening on Dec 7 (Getty Images for DIFF)
Films and fairways: Dubai gears up for twin events
A total of 171 films from 56 nations, as well as a host of A-list Hollywood celebrities, will feature in the DIFF (Getty Images for DIFF)
Films and fairways: Dubai gears up for twin events
Among the celebrities confirmed to attend are Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg, for the world premiere of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, and Bollywood legend Shah Rukh Khan (Getty Images for DIFF)
Films and fairways: Dubai gears up for twin events
The festival, which runs December 7-14, spans feature, documentary and short films, including numerous new premieres (Getty Images for DIFF)
Films and fairways: Dubai gears up for twin events
Lee Westwood of England. World number one Luke Donald and second-ranked Rory McIlroy will also compete at the final event of the European Tour season (Getty Images)
Films and fairways: Dubai gears up for twin events
Robert Karlsson of Sweden in action (Getty Images)
Films and fairways: Dubai gears up for twin events
Retief Goosen of South Africa. The financial incentives in Dubai are huge, with $7.5m available in prize fund and an additional $7.5m bonus pool up for grabs for the top 15 players in the final money-list (Getty Images)