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Emirates LitFest: The First Three Years. Footage kindly provided by the Emirates Lit Fest archives, Fraser MacDonald, Joanna Marsh, Onyx Brass. Additional footage and editing by Alice Johnson, Gecko Media. Music: copyright EMI & Coldplay

Tickets for the 2012 Festival are now on sale!

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, bringing people of all ages together with authors from across the world to promote education, debate and, above all else, reading.

The Festival creates a wonderful opportunity for UAE nationals, visitors and residents to meet famous authors, attend literary debates, listen to readings, participate in workshops, and experience the exciting fringe and children’s events. With simultaneous translation in all events, the Festival is a meeting of minds where ideas are shared and friendships are formed – not least among the authors themselves, who whether festival veteran or novice have praised the lively atmosphere and the diverse, intellectually switched-on audience.

At its core, the Festival has a strong educational remit, through its Education Day, its Workshop programme and the close ties to schools developed through the Fringe Festival activities. The Festival's Patron, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE, has announced his vision of eradicating illiteracy from the Arab World. In our recent survey we found that more than 75% of our visitors felt they were more likely to pick up a book and read after attending the Festival. This alone is a huge endorsement of the power of a literary Festival to help foster a love of reading and thereby, over time, create a reading culture.

The Festival’s headline sponsor is Emirates Airline, in partnership with the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority. The Festival is a not-for-profit event supported by sponsorship and the voluntary efforts of Dubai’s dedicated reading community.

The 2012 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will be held March 6-10 at the InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City and the Dubai Cultural and Scientific Association, Al Mamzar.

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