Emirates is the title sponsor of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, expanding the airline’s commitment to the arts in Dubai. In 2017, the Festival will return for its ninth year, bringing more than 150 authors, from bestselling international names to emerging talent, to Dubai for ten 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 Education Days consisting of author-led workshops and sessions dedicated to improving literacy among Arabic speakers by encouraging children to read.
The Festival has won numerous awards, including Best Festival at the Middle East Event Awards for 2013, 2014, and 2015; Best Family Friendly Day Out Award at the Time Out Kids Awards 2016; and Favourite Festival at the What’s On Awards 2016.