ROBERT DE NIRO made a surprise appearance at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival this weekend.
The Taxi Driver legend was there to hand out the Audience Awards and he also announced the "Most Promising Filmmaker" award winner - Sophia Al-Maria," for her one-minute film "The Racer".
De Niro told the audience: "Almost one year ago, we made an announcement to launch this festival.
"This has been an unforgettable and richly rewarding journey as we created an innovative partnership to build an event worthy of this wonderful and dynamic city."
De Niro's visit marks a celeb-tastic weekend in the region, thanks to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.