First of its kind ‘Arab Indo Bollywood Awards’ to be held in Dubai

Awards, Awards and Awards! Bollywood film awards have literally become a craze. The latest buzz is that even the ‘Arab World’ has been spell bounded by the glamour and the glitz of these film awards. 

Hence to experience the charisma of Bollywood film awards, the Government of Dubai has decided to commence the ‘Arab Indo Bollywood Awards’ (AIBA), first of its kind entertainment award show that seeks to popularize Indian cinema in the Arab world. 

According to Abdullatif Alsayegh, chairperson of AIBA, the awards show will be held on April 10, 2015 at the prestigious Dubai World Trade Centre, It will be telecast across Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), an alliance of six Middle Eastern countries-Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman.

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Elated at having the film awards organized in Dubai, Abdullatif Alsayegh, said, "We feel proud as a nation that we will create a space for ourselves in the world of entertainment. We feel so determined on this new artistic journey - the impact it will have and how it will connect people and countries,” 

The jury members selecting the awards include Tigmanshu Dhulia, Indian director, who made ‘PAAN SINGH TOMAR’ along with Arbaaz Khan, Goldie Behl, Sreedhar Raghavan, Javed Jaffery, Shyam Shroll and Bollywood trade analyst Komal Nahta. 

The awards will be given to films released between January-December 2014 across three categories viz. Main, Technical and Special Awards and a total 25 awards would be given which will be chosen 50 per cent by the jury members, while the remaining half will be voted by residents of the UAE, either online or via 100 ballot boxes that will be placed around the country. Public voting will commence on February 25 across 100 UAE Exchange outlets. 

The organizes are leaving no stone unturned to rope in the three Khans of Bollywood to make the show a grand success. “If both Salman and Shah Rukh Khan attend, it would certainly create fan frenzy in Dubai, Abdullatif Al Sayegh quipped.