Hollywood heartthrob Tom Cruise was the main attraction at the opening ceremony of the eighth Dubai International Film Festival which got under way with the screening of his new film "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol".

UAE vice-president, prime minister and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurated the event. The ceremony was lit up by a galaxy of leading stars from across the world.

Cast and crew members of "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" including lead actress Paula Patton and director Brad Bird were also present, along with British comedian Simon Pegg and Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor, Emirates24/7 has reported.

Here are a few glittering moments from the event:

Tom Cruise waves as he arrives for the 8th Dubai International Film Festival.Reuters
Suha Arafat arrives for the 8th Dubai International Film Festival.Reuters
Tunisian actress Zarrouk poses as she arrives for the 8th Dubai International Film Festival.Reuters
actress Paula Patton blows a kiss as she arrives for the 8th Dubai International Film Festival.Reuters
Egyptian actress Adel poses as she arrives for the 8th Dubai International Film Festival.Reuters