Hollywood stars impressed by Dubai

18/12/2012 - Dubai Lifestyle News Neil King
Hollywood stars impressed by Dubai

Dubai is such a hugely impressive city that it is capable of leaving A-list Hollywood stars lost for words.

A number of renowned actors and actresses visited the emirate for the prestigious 2012 Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) recently and they were clearly very impressed by what they saw.

The likes of Colin Firth, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kristin Davis and Freida Pinto were part of the movie extravaganza, which was held at the majestic Madinat Jumeirah.

Academy Award-winning Blanchett reserved special praise for the hotel and the destination itself.

"I think the venue is just wonderful. Madinat Jumeirah is akin to Roman Empire, it's so huge and expansive. Dubai is a gateway in so many ways, the UAE and Madinat are the perfect place to host DIFF," she remarked.

Meanwhile, Freida Pinto - who is perhaps best known for her starring role in Slumdog Millionaire - said this was the second time she has stayed in this particular resort and she "loves it".

"It's a big resort but I find everything from the staff to the restaurants to even basic hospitality, like the doormen, fantastic. It's so welcoming, you feel like you're at home," she remarked.

The actress went on to say that her time in the UAE was strictly work-related and was not a holiday, but she conceded that Dubai is a "beautiful place to work".

Blanchett and Pinto are certainly not the only celebrities to be blown away by Dubai's sizeable charms.

Pop megastar Katy Perry recently put on a live show alongside R&B performer Usher at the final of the World Parachuting Championships and she took to Twitter to declare her love for the emirate.

She insisted that Dubai had "redefined the word magic in her dictionary", which is a fitting tribute from somebody who travels all around the world on a regular basis.

Dubai has built up a reputation for being a playground for the rich and famous and it is likely to attract some of the world's most recognisable people for years to come.