Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 15 November 2018

Timeframe: Dazzling closing ceremonies of the Middle East International Film Festival 2008

A decade ago, a traditional Arab dance was presented by a young Emirati on a world stage

Marwan Naamani / AFP
Marwan Naamani / AFP

Ten years ago today, Abu Dhabi sparkled on the world stage with the dazzling closing ceremony of the second Middle East International Film Festival at Emirates Palace.

The 10-day event saw 70 films competing for 16 Black Pearl Awards, with prizes totalling $1,000,000 (Dh3,670,000). Shorts, documentaries and feature films were screened at Emirates Palace and cinemas around the capital.

Hollywood guests included Jane Fonda who won a Lifetime Achievement award, MEIFF guest of honour Susan Sarandon, and closing ceremony hosts Joseph Fiennes, and Casino Royale Bond girl Eva Green. The event included a dance showcase featuring a young Emirati boy performing a traditional dance.

We’d like to know what the experience was like for this young man and what he is doing now … do tell.


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