Mourid Barghouti confirms appearance at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2012

Tuesday, 31 January, 2012

Mourid Barghouti, the internationally acclaimed poet, novelist and essayist, has confirmed his attendance at the fourth Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. The Festival will be held from 6-10 March, 2012 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and in partnership with Emirates Airline and the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated authority for culture, arts, and heritage.

Festival Director Isobel Abulhoul welcomes Barghouti’s participation, commenting, 'this is a rare opportunity to hear one of the best-loved and respected Arabic poets writing today'.

'We now have a power-house of talent from the Arab world at our Festival including Nawaal El Saadawi, Tariq Ramadan, Mohammed Achaari, Qais Sedki, Ahmed Mourad as well as all our amazing Emirati writers and poets,' she continued.

Barghouti, who is taking part in the Festival for the first time, will recite poems that reflect his unique ability to portray the Palestinian struggle for peace and stability. He will also talk about his 2011 memoir WoledtoHonak, WoledtoHona  (I was Born There, I was Born Here), the sequel to Ra'aytu Ram Allah (I Saw Ramallah), for which he was awarded the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature and which was described by Edward Said as 'one of the finest existential accounts of Palestinian displacement'.

Barghouti considers the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature an opportunity to exchange views with a wide audienceand the visiting writers from all around the world.  The Festival will host 115 authors from some 25 countries and welcome audiences of 30,000 people.  The Festival holds its Opening Night with Terry Wogan at the Scientific and Cultural Association Al Mamzar Dubai and the rest of the Festival at the Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City.


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Mohammed Barghuthi, Communications Manager, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature  Telephone: 04 353 4002 / 050 714 7170

Christina Bruce, Head of Communications, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Telephone 04 353 4002

About the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together with authors from across the world to promote education, debate and above all else, love of reading and writing.
The Festival creates a wonderful opportunity for UAE nationals, residents and visitors to meet world famous authors, attend literary debates, listen to readings, participate in workshops and experience the exciting fringe and children’s events.  With simultaneous translation between Arabic and English for all sessions, the Festival is a meeting of minds where ideas are shared and friendships are formed – not least among the authors themselves.

The 2012 Festival will be held between March 6-10, 2012 at Al Mamzar Theatre and The Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City. Details at

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