Director's Message

It is hard to believe that we are again busy planning our author line-up for the fourth Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.

For a young and growing festival we have made enormous leaps, thanks to the support of our sponsors and our community.

We have already become a fixture on the international calendar and authors who have attended have spread the word about Dubai far and wide.

A festival such as ours gives the audience a special opportunity to hear writers’ opinions live, up close and personal, to join in with their own views, never quite knowing where the debate will lead.

Uniquely we have simultaneous translation to open doors and take us across cultural borders.With a large number of sessions planned there will be great diversity in the range of topics covered. As our authors come from around the world, so too our audiences are very international, reflecting Dubai’s rich cultural mix.

Our festival goers bring their enthusiasm for intelligent debate, helping to create a festival which is about so much more than just literature. It is hugely rewarding to be able to provide such an event in the region, and to have it enjoyed so much by such a diversity of writers and audiences.

It is invigorating, exciting, refreshing and definitely full of buzz ...


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