Longoria ‘excited’ to be back in Dubai

Eva Longoria hosted the Global Gift Gala at Dubai’s Meydan hotel in association with the Dubai International Film Festival and Dubai Cares on Sunday evening.
Eva Longoria is an honorary chair of the Global Gift Foundation, a non-profit organisation that helps to raise funds to improve the lives of disadvantaged children, women and families around the world. AP Photo / Kamran Jebreili
Eva Longoria is an honorary chair of the Global Gift Foundation, a non-profit organisation that helps to raise funds to improve the lives of disadvantaged children, women and families around the world. AP Photo / Kamran Jebreili

American actress Eva Longoria hosted the Global Gift Gala at Dubai’s Meydan Hotel on Sunday evening in association with the Dubai International Film Festival and Dubai Cares.

The 39-year-old, best known for her role as Gabrielle Solis in Desperate Housewives, is an honorary chair of the Global Gift Foundation, a non-profit organisation that helps to raise funds to improve the lives of disadvantaged children, women and families around the world.

“I’m very excited to be back.” she said on the red carpet. “This is our second year attending Diff and we’re very pleased to be partnering this time around. It gives us a bigger platform and allows us to do more things with more charities. Dubai is a wonderfully generous community so it’s great to be here.”

Those in attendance paid Dh2,500 each for a ticket, which included a four-course meal, a charity auction and entertainment headlined by American singer Cody Wise, 18. “I’m not from a very good community in Philadelphia and I would still be stuck there, doing goodness knows what, if it wasn’t for the kindness and help of others,” said the teenager.

“I love this foundation and as a star I think it’s important to give back, so that’s why I chose to perform here.”

Also performing was Lebanese singer Walid Toufic, Britain’s Alexandra Burke and emerging Scottish talent Tallia Storm.

rduane@thenational.ae

Published: December 14, 2014 04:00 AM

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