Opening ceremony of Dubai International Film Festival

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