Emirates is the title sponsor of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, expanding the airline’s commitment to the arts in Dubai. In 2012, the festival will return for a fourth year, bringing more than 100 authors—from bestselling international names to emerging talent—to Dubai for four action-packed days of literary activity. 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 at the Dubai Cultural and Scientific Association consisting of author-led workshops and sessions dedicated to improving literacy among Arabic speakers by encouraging reading in children.
The 2011 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature was enormously successful, with many sessions selling out well in advance. More authors attended the event than ever before; they met and spoke to more than 10,000 students as part of the Education Day program. In addition, two gala nights were held, master classes and workshop programs sold out, and the event was broadcast live via television and radio.