Emirates is the title sponsor of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, expanding the airline’s commitment to the arts in Dubai. In 2015, the festival will return for a seventh year, bringing more than 100 authors—from bestselling international names to emerging talent—to Dubai for five action-packed days of literary activity. Hosted in partnership with the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is a not-for-profit event supported by sponsorship and the voluntary efforts of Dubai’s reading community. As the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature brings people of all ages together with authors from across the world to promote education, debate, and reading.
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature’s strong educational mission includes an Education Day consisting of author-led workshops and sessions dedicated to improving literacy among Arabic speakers by encouraging reading in children.
The 2014 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature was enormously successful, with many sessions selling out well in advance, and successfully defended its "Best Festival" title at the Middle East Event Awards.