The Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi (Oct 10-19) will host an exhibition dedicated to the late Egyptian director Youssef Chahine.

Executive Director Nashwa Al Ruwaini says: 'The exhibition contains 100 frames of tens of rare photos and rare artifacts that will be held in one of the halls of the Emirates Palace and which was prepared in Cairo by a team of experts in film exhibitions.'

The MEIFF is now in its second year. Vice Chairman of the festival, Mohamed Khalaf Al Mazrouei called Chahine 'one of the greatest symbols of Arabic cinema in the world in close to half a century.'

Artist Naji Shaker designed each of the 100 frames while MEIFF creative team will organize the design and lighting of the exhibition.

The exhibit will open Oct 11 and expected attendees include Egyptian actresses Yusra and Leila Alawi and Lubluba, Egyptian actor Saif Abdelrahman, film director Khaled Youssef and screenwriter Nasser Abdel Rahman in addition to some members of Chahine's family including his nephew, the manager of his production company, Gabi Khoury, and his niece, producer/director Marian Khoury.

Chahine died in Cairo on July 27. He directed more than 40 films in his lengthy career.