Having raised over $300,000 at a star studded party this weekend in Dubai, the third edition of The Global Gift Gala was held at the Four Seasons Resort at Jumeirah Beach where actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria chaired the event alongside founders Maria Bravo and Alina Peralta. This year, organisations set to benefit from the gala included The Eva Longoria Foundation, which focuses on women’s education and entrepreneurship; Dubai Cares, and an initiative by sisters Joanna Dogmoch and Bazaar's Food Editor Dalia Dogmoch Soubra, Sunrise K, which raises awareness against glaucoma.
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The guest list included Mohammed Al Ansari, Abdulhamid Juma Chairman of the Dubai International Film Festival, Tariq Al Gurg Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares such as American actors Richard Dreyfuss, Michael B. Jordan and Terrence Howard, as well as Argentine actor and comedian Guillermo Franchella, E! News co-anchor Terrence J and British star Rupert Everett, while television and radio presenter Tom Urquhart and Emirati film director Nayla Al Khaja hosted the evening.
Ahead of the event and social media announcement of her recent engagement, Bazaar took five moments with Eva Longoria to discover her thoughts on this year's much-hyped charity event, and what else she loves about Dubai...
Following last year’s second Global Gift Gala in the city, what’s different about this year’s event, what can we expect?
This year were very excited to be joining forces with Four Seasons in Dubai. For the past two years we’ve been hosted in venues we normally don’t do our Global Gift events. Four Seasons is a huge supporter of ours for the past six years in both Paris and London, so it’s an honour for them to open their doors for us in Dubai. We have also partnered with Dubai International Film Festival for the second consecutive year; with their ongoing support we create awareness towards the causes we’re representing through our platform. You can expect many new surprises this year... Including performances by Terrence Howard and Omar Kamal.
How and when did you get involved with the Global Gift platform?
The founders, Alina Peralta and Maria Bravo, introduced Global Gift to me over five years ago and have been key to my foundations awareness and fundraising. It has given me the opportunity to educate individuals across the world about the work of my foundation and the need of creating educational and entrepreneurial opportunities for women.
Every initiative we’ve done with Global Gift has been memorable. I get to meet many amazing people and other philanthropists with the drive and passion of making a positive impact in our countries. Everyone I encounter is a blessing and I’m grateful for them to share their stories with me.
How does the UAE event compare to the night held in London recently, where Victoria Beckham showed her support and presented an award?
It’s very similar in the sense of having such recognisable names all coming together in support of our foundations. I am very lucky to be surrounded with my dear friends, such as Victoria, who share the same vision.
You have visited the country many times, what do you love about Dubai in particular?
I love everything about Dubai! The people, the culture, the shopping and most important the countries charitable heart.
Are there any charitable Middle Eastern projects or concepts that have struck a chord with you?
Charitable initiatives anywhere in the world are a duty no matter how poor or rich the country maybe. There will always be a need and its our social responsibility to step up and be that change.