Dubai is set to host a major Chinese film festival

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Chinese movie stars will be jetting in to Dubai especially for the event…

Dubai has revealed plans for its first ever Chinese Film Week, which is set to kick off on October 1.

The event, which will take place during Golden Week – China’s seven-day national holiday – will include screenings of some of China’s most popular blockbusters, and will bring some of its biggest celebrities and movie directors to Dubai for a celebration of the nation’s film industry.

Film screenings will take place at Roxy Cinemas at City Walk, The Beach and Boxpark, with a special opening night red carpet event to be held at City Walk.

Movies to be played during the week include Dragon Blade, Po Feng, Twenties Once Again, The Nightingale, American Dreams in China, Wolf Totem, Monkey King: Hero Is Back, and Big Fish & Begonia.

A scene from The Nightingale, a Chinese-French film by Philippe Muyl

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The event is being organised by Hala China, an initiative by Meraas and Dubai Holding which aims to attract Chinese visitors. There are currently 270,000 Chinese expats living in the UAE.

“We are confident that the event will appeal to Chinese visitors as well as to Dubai’s resident population,” said Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, chairman of the board of directors at Hala China.

“It is also a big opportunity to showcase the city’s world-class infrastructure and facilities as the ideal destination for Chinese movie directors and film production houses to base their future projects.”

In July, local landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Frame lit up in red to mark Chinese president Xi Jinping’s historic visit to the UAE – one of the largest state visits the country has ever hosted.

During that visit, property developer Emaar announced its plans to build the Middle East’s largest Chinatown in Dubai, to be located in the mega development Dubai Creek Harbour.

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