The opening ceremony of El Gouna Film Festival kicked off with a bang as Festival Founder, Naguib Sawiris, along with Co-Founder Bushra and director Marwan Hamed, were the first to arrive on the dazzling red carpet, and were followed by a host of celebrities in dashing attire, proving that the Middle East has become a destination for glamour and sophistication. Capping the red carpet arrivals, was the festival’s guest of honour, the Egyptian-Canadian Hollywood star, Mena Massoud, who charmed his way through the crowd. During the ceremony, VIPs and celebrities were treated to a night of entertainment and fireworks that concluded with the screening of Brad Pitt’s latest film, Ad Astra.