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Opening ceremony of Dubai International Film Festival

Celebrity A-Listers come out for gala event to mark opening of ninth festival

Opening ceremony of Dubai International Film Festival
Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum (R) with Artistic Director of DIFF Masoud Amralla Al Ali attend the 'Life of PI' Opening Gala during day one of the 9th Annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 9, 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
Opening ceremony of Dubai International Film Festival
Actor Mahmoud Abdel Aziz receives a IWC watch, as part of the Lifetime Achievement award presentation by Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum and DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma at the Opening Ceremony during day one of the 9th Annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 9, 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
Opening ceremony of Dubai International Film Festival
Dubai’s Culture Minister Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (C) and DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma attend the 'Life of PI' Opening Gala during day one of the 9th Annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 9, 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
Opening ceremony of Dubai International Film Festival
A general view at the 'Life of PI' Opening Gala during day one of the 9th Annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 9, 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
Opening ceremony of Dubai International Film Festival
Actors Suraj Sharma, Adil Hussain and Shravanthi Sainath attend the 'Life of PI' photocall during day one of the 9th Annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 9, 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
Opening ceremony of Dubai International Film Festival
Actress Cate Blanchett and IWC Schaffhausen CEO George Kern attend the 'Life of PI' Opening Gala during day one of the 9th Annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 9, 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
Opening ceremony of Dubai International Film Festival
Actress Freida Pinto attends the 'Life of PI' Opening Gala during day one of the 9th Annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 9, 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
Opening ceremony of Dubai International Film Festival
Ana Ivanovic attends the 'Life of PI' Opening Gala during day one of the 9th Annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 9, 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
Opening ceremony of Dubai International Film Festival
Director Michael Apted speaks on stage after receiving the Lifetime Achievement award at the Opening Ceremony during day one of the 9th Annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 9, 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
Opening ceremony of Dubai International Film Festival
Ali Mustafa and Mohammed Al Turki attends the 'Life of PI' Opening Gala during day one of the 9th Annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 9, 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
Opening ceremony of Dubai International Film Festival
Bahraini actress Haifa Hussein poses for a picture with her husband, fellow actor Habib Ghallum during the Dubai International Film Festival in the Gulf emirate of Dubai, on December 9, 2012. (Getty Images)
Opening ceremony of Dubai International Film Festival
New Zealand film director Andrew Adamson (L) and actress Erica Linz attend the opening ceremony of the Dubai International Film Festival in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on December 9, 2012. (Getty Images)