Scarlett Johansson New York Meet-And-Greet Theatre Package, Exclusive Watches, Jewellery And Art Among Items To Be Auctioned At DIFF’s Charity Event In Association With Dubai Cares And Oxfam #Dubai - Dubai City Guide
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Scarlett Johansson New York Meet-And-Greet Theatre Package, Exclusive Watches, Jewellery And Art Among Items To Be Auctioned At DIFF’s Charity Event In Association With Dubai Cares And Oxfam
(26 November 2012)
Colin and Livia Firth, Kristin Davis, Rooney Mara, Amr Waked and Ali Mostafa among celebrities to attend the gala on 14 December 2012


UAE-based philanthropic organisation, Dubai Cares, and global development and aid agency, Oxfam, have revealed details of the items that will be auctioned during this year’s ‘One Night to Change Lives’ charity event hosted by Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) under the patronage of UN Messenger of Peace HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The event will take place on December 14, 2012, at the Armani Hotel in Burj Khalifa, Dubai and will be graced by a host of celebrities such as Academy Award winning actor Colin Firth and his fashion entrepreneur wife Livia, Kristin Davis, Rooney Mara, Amr Waked and Ali Mostafa.

One of the highlight’s from the auction will be a once in a lifetime experience donated by Oxfam Ambassador Scarlett Johansson to see her perform in the opening night of Broadway’s ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ as well as a meet and greet opportunity with the Hollywood star, two return business class flights to New York and two nights’ accommodation at The London NYC hotel.

Scarlett Johansson said "I’ve been fortunate enough to travel with Oxfam several times now and seen for myself how access to basics such as clean water, sanitation and education is vital in lifting whole communities out of poverty. I’m thrilled to donate this once in a lifetime trip for the ’One Night to Change Lives’ event in Dubai and to know that all the money raised will make a real and lasting difference."

In addition, the Farjam Collection, one of the most impressive privately-owned collections in the world today, has donated an oil on canvas painting, ‘Lute Player and Horse in green’, by Nasser Ovissi for the auction. Ovissi is one of Iran’s most successful and renowned contemporary artists, whose artwork is held in major international collections and has been awarded numerous international art prizes such as the Grand Prix of Monaco.

Other items in the auction will include a beautiful Chopard 18 carat rose gold and stainless steel watch; an Ecological Fairtrade and Fairmined certified 18 carat white gold ring and earrings set from the award winning fine jeweller Anna Loucah; and ‘Allure of Arabia’, a unique pendant created by renowned jewellery designer Kholoud Osama Kurdi. All proceeds from the high-end auction will go to Dubai Cares and Oxfam.

There will also be the opportunity to pledge on a vital project from Dubai Cares and Oxfam in rural Tanzania to improve access to clean water, adequate sanitation, and hygiene promotion for approximately 15,000 school children living in 25 communities. The project recognises that clean water and sanitation in schools are critical to ensure that children complete their education.

The evening will also feature an exclusive raffle. Highlights from the raffle include a limited edition collectible Hans Solo statue signed by George Lucas that depicts Harrison Ford’s iconic character in Star Wars: A New Hope and week’s stay in a luxury St Tropez villa on the beautiful French Riviera.

Since 2008, over 63,000 have benefited from joint Dubai Cares and Oxfam efforts to improve access and quality education for school children in some of the world’s poorest countries including Mali, Niger, and Pakistan. Last year, the charitable event raised approximately USD$1 million through ticket sales as well as the auctioning of money-can’t-buy prizes which went to fund 14 schools in Pakistan.

Tickets to the exclusive event are limited. To purchase tickets, please contact Urban Events on: +971 4 445 6842 or, or visit

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