Inside DIFF's VIP Lounge and star-studded treatment

Access-all-areas and behind the scenes at the special celebrity treats on offer to this year's big names
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Situated at a private location in Al Qasr hotel, the VIP Lounge @ DIFF hosted a plethora of celebrities, including Martin Sheen, Naomie Harris, Michael B Jordan, Yosra, Nadia El Gendy, Samy Al Adl and Bushra.
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This year it was the biggest gifting lounge to date, packed to the brim with luxurious gifts, treatments, fine jewellery and even colourful candy to keep the stars looking and feeling their best throughout the event.
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Master Craftsman David Morris Jewellers arranged a set of exquisite one-of-a-kind pieces for the red carpet gala events. But this gift is only for lending and Jeremy Morris, designer and CEO, is on-hand to style the A-listers.
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One of the most interesting gifts provided to the stars was the artwork of Yasemine Richie, Storylines. The inspirational designer and favourite among past celebrity guests at DIFF such as Colin Firth, Freida Pinto and Cate Blanchett. Yasemine is gifting each celebrity with custom made wall mounted Storylines art work inspired by the films that they have either starred in or directed.
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VIP guests are pampered with services from Bastien Gonzalez, who is internationally famous for his glamorous and unique approach to foot treatments. Services will include manicure and pedicure treatments as well as personal grooming rituals from Gentlemen’s Tonic, a classic men’s salon, which has recently opened its doors in Atlantis, The Palm.
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Al Nassma, the premium camel milk chocolate, brings an authentic flavour of the region to the 10th edition of DIFF. Throughout the 9 days, Al Nassma is displaying its exquisite chocolate and praline creations to an array of regional and international visitors and celebrities who visit the VIP lounge.
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O’de Rose highlights each celebrities unique personality with their charming and eclectic lounge boutique. Offering clothing, accessories, furniture, contemporary art and home décor by renowned designers and artisans, each item in the boutique is hand-made and hand-picked from different parts of the world and reflects Arabic heritage with a modern twist.
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The most popular spot in the lounge is IT’S SUGAR’s candy stand. The US brand was founded in 2006 and has grown since to 40 locations throughout the US, London, and the Cayman Islands.
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Getting the stars ready for the red carpet this Dubai Film Festival is Halston Heritage. Dressing stars like Naomi Harris, Halston is providing their latest collection as well as select vintage pieces for red carpet.
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The official men’s red carpet fashion brand of the Dubai International Film Festival VIP Lounge this year is Reiss. Although their focus is on menswear this year, their small collection of women’s garments already caught the attention of Yosra as she sported the brand’s brown leather dress at DIFF.
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Renowned for making fashion icons out of names like Heidi Klum, Emma Roberts, Andie Macdowell and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, the German luxury brand, Escada, is a regular at red carpet events like - The Emmys, The Oscars and The Baftas amongst a million other high profile affairs and outings.
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Miram Quevedo and her team of hairstylists are busy making sure the stars look their best for the red carpet. In addition all celebrities that visited the VIP Lounge are gifted with The Award-winning brand’s Glacial white Cavier, Platinum and Diamonds, Extreme Cavier and Sublime Gold.