Hollywood hunk Orlando Bloom has added star-power to an historical movie event in Dubai which aims to gulf the "cultural bridge" between the eastern and western world.

On Monday (06DEC04) the 27-year-old LORD OF THE RINGS star strolled the red carpet at the inaugural DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL and chatted to a host of Indian and Arab movie stars.

At the glitzy opening ceremony, NAYLA AL-KHALA - a director from the United Arab Emirates - says, "The main aim is to form a bridge between East and West and to make Dubai the new Arab cinema centre."

And veteran Egyptian actors like NADIA AL-GINDY and SAMIR SABRY were so impressed with the event's political message, they snubbed the festival's rival movie showcase taking place in their own capital city, Cairo.

Al-Gindy says, "Cross-cultural exchange is a good idea in general."

Later this week (ends10DEC04), OCEAN'S ELEVEN sequel OCEAN'S TWELVE will screen one night after its world premiere and Hollywood stars SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR, Morgan Freeman and producer Harvey Weinstein are scheduled to appear at the festival which ends on Saturday (11DEC04).

08/12/2004 17:26