The beginning of February begins with “Verses from the Depths of the Desert.”

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature: 6 days of creativity in Dubai

  • Verses from the depths of the desert are organized in an atmosphere of music and poetry in the heart of the Dubai desert.

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The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, one of the best literary festivals in the world and the largest celebration of stories in the Arab world, revealed that the 15th session, which will be held between the first and the sixth of next February, will include an exceptional group of events with the participation of a group of the brightest award-winning authors and experts in the literary sector.

The festival program brings together more than 250 personalities of the most important international writers and thinkers in more than 300 activities, including a group of celebrities who return to Dubai to participate in the festival, as they embody the theme of this year's session, which is "The Best Parent".

The Emirates Festival of Literature will start on the first of February with its most prominent event, Verses from the Depths of the Desert, as a group of creators and speakers celebrate the wisdom of the ancestors and the legacy of the past in an atmosphere of music and poetry in the heart of the Dubai desert and under its starry sky.

Among the most prominent events was the speech of the Minister of State for International Cooperation, Reem Al Hashemi, and the Director General of the Culture and Arts Authority in Dubai (Dubai Culture), Hala Badri, about the UAE’s pioneering experience in shaping and shaping the future, starting with providing solutions in the fields of health and education programs, through With indicators of happiness and soft power, leading to attracting investments and the fields of international relations and cultural diplomacy.

Hala Badri said: «The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is one of the most important cultural events on the Dubai agenda, as it has turned into an annual forum that brings together under its roof a constellation of people of culture and thought to discuss topics of interest to the public of different segments, cultures and nationalities, in addition to providing qualitative opportunities to interact with talents. Creativity in various literary fields, which reflects positively on the local cultural scene.

She emphasized that Dubai Culture's support for the festival falls within the framework of its commitments to make Dubai an attractive destination for intellectuals and creators from all over the world.

She added, "We have many commonalities with (Emirates Airlines for Literature) aimed at promoting knowledge and spreading culture among members of society, and interest in providing various means of innovative thinking to advance human thought and awareness, and to contribute to supporting and establishing the civilizational development that Dubai seeks to achieve, through a set of initiatives." And plans aimed at spreading reading and making it a way of life, in addition to celebrating the local literary product, highlighting Emirati talents and their contributions that enrich the Arab and international cultural arena, and raising awareness of the importance of cultural exchange between peoples.

Hala Badri expressed her pride in participating in the festival's sessions and talking about the country's experience in shaping the future and its industry, pointing to the importance of presenting such topics that highlight the experience of Dubai and the Emirates in the creative, cultural, economic and other fields.

The festival's agenda also includes an evening in the love of Gibran Khalil Gibran to celebrate the 140th anniversary of Gibran's birth, and the 100th anniversary of the publication of his most prominent literary legacy, the book "The Prophet".

The event will include a dinner, with artistic performances in Arabic and English, and operatic singing of the song “Give me the flute and sing.”

For the first time, the festival hosts a contest, who will win?

The Writers’ Challenge, inspired by the popular quiz show “Ahla Family”;

As Dr. Wasini Al-Araj and his wife, Dr. Zainab Al-Awaj, compete against the poet Ibrahim Al-Hashemi and his wife, the poetess Sawsan Al-Dahnim, to reveal what brings them together in the worlds of words, books and imagination in an enthusiastic atmosphere.

While the two writers specializing in crime literature, Noha Daoud and Ibrahim Al-Marzouqi, accompany the audience on an interactive experience with one crime session, it is not enough to solve the mysterious mystery and reveal the criminal.

Emirati poetry will have a special share with a night of Arabic poetry with the participation of a number of the brightest names, namely Emirati poets Ahmed Issa Al-Assam, Jassim Al-Sahih, Hassan Al-Najjar, Najat Al-Dhaheri and Nujoom Al-Ghanim.

Writing in reverse

As part of the festival's activities, the Culture at the Arab Table event will discuss the future of the Arabic word and book at a round table with the writers: Yasmina Khadra, Jalal Barjas, and Khaled Al-Nasrallah.

Writers Badria Al-Bishr, Hoda Hamad and Shahd Al-Rawi will review Gulf women's issues and their embodiments in writing in the writing session Against the Current.

While the session of a man against a man accompanied by writers Muhammad al-Naas and Wasini al-Araj sheds light on two contradictory patterns of men in contemporary Arabic literature.

• 250 writers and creators, and more than 300 actors, during the event.

• The festival's agenda includes an evening in Gibran's love to celebrate the 140th anniversary of his birth, and the 100th anniversary of the publication of his most prominent book, "The Prophet".

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