A Number of Chinese films will be screened during the second China Film Week, which kicked off Sunday in Dubai, the United Arab Emirate (UAE).

Chinese well known Film and Television Directors & Actors, including Zhang Jizhong, Tian Yusheng, Chen Jianbin, Jiang Qinqin and Han Geng, showed up on the red carpet gala on Sunday evening.

Seven Popular Chinese blockbusters will be screened throughout the week, including How Long Will I Love You, Hold Your Hands and The Photographer.

Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Chairman of the Board of Directors at “Halla China” (hello in Arabic), said that “the Chinese film industry is an important force in the international film market, which has achieved tremendous growth in the past few years.”

“Dubai China Film Week invites Chinese artists and filmmakers to the UAE to learn about the country’s top film production infrastructure and post-production team, hoping to further strengthen the friendly relations between the two countries through cooperation,” he added.

Li Xuhang, China’s Consul General to Dubai, said in his speech that film is an important form of cultural exchange, which is a window to showcase the culture of a country and an important way to enhance mutual understanding between people of all countries.

He added these films showing the Chinese spirit, Chinese value and Chinese strength will help the UAE audiences deepen their understanding of China.

“Halla China” is an initiative jointly launched by Dubai Meraas Group and Dubai Holding Group.

The program launches projects and activities covering trade, investment, culture, tourism and other fields, aiming to further consolidate and expand bilateral relations between China and the UAE under the Belt & Road Initiative.