The Gulf Film Festival, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), has announced that Emirates Airline will be its official carrier for the fifth edition to be held from April 10th to 16th , 2012.

Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Director of the Gulf Film Festival, said: “In the same way that Emirates celebrates the heritage and modernity of the Gulf across the world, the Gulf Film Festival showcases the creative vitality of the Arabian peninsula to all. We also share a common goal of welcoming the world to Dubai. We are proud to have their support.”

“As an airline with Middle Eastern roots, we are deeply invested in supporting all forms of artistic and cultural expression from the region,” said Sir Maurice Flanagan, Executive Vice Chairman – Emirates Airline & Groups: “The Gulf Film Festival not only provides a platform for burgeoning film making talent, but also showcases state-of-the-art cinema from the region; further establishing Dubai’s reputation for rich diversity and cutting-edge technology – a vision we at Emirates share with the Festival.”

GFF 2012 will be held at the InterContinental Hotel, Crowne Plaza and Grand Festival Cinemas at Dubai Festival City. The Investment Corporation of Dubai is the presenting sponsor of the Gulf Film Festival; Emirates Airline is its official carrier. GFF is supported by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and held in association with Dubai Studio City. More details and updates on the festival are available online at or at or @gulffilmfest on Twitter.'

Michael Byrne

Before joining SME Advisor as an Assistant Editor in 2010 I obtained a Bachelors Civil Law Degree (Hons) from the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, in 2005. I worked as a trainee lawyer in Dublin, Ireland, specialising in defence litigation and criminal law before obtaining a Masters in International Journalism from the University of Cardiff in 2009. At present I am the Editor of SME Advisor Middle East, which is a publication within the CPI Business Group. You can follow me on twitter: @mikey_byrne or @SMEadvisorME. Also, you can join me on Linkedin (Mike Byrne) or at (SME Advisor).