"Emirates Airline for Literature" launches exceptional events and diverse international experiences in its largest sessions

Mohammed bin Rashid: Our life is not complete without economic sufficiency, cultural depth and social cohesion

  • Part of the press conference held on the first day of the festival.

    Photography: Ahmed Arditi

  • Part of Mohammed bin Rashid's attendance at one of the previous sessions.



His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, congratulated the Emirates Festival of Literature, which has completed 15 years of its career.

His Highness said in a tweet on his official account, “Today, the Emirates Festival of Literature completes 15 years of creativity, culture, and celebration of the book.

We celebrate cultural events in Dubai in particular, because they reflect the depth of the human being in our society.” His Highness added, “Culture is the evidence of civilization.. Our life is not complete without economic sufficiency, cultural depth, and social cohesion.”

The activities of the 15th session of the festival started yesterday, amid a large crowd of writers, creators, and local and international cultural figures, in the presence of a constellation of visual and written media in the country and abroad, who will participate in the various activities of the festival that will be held at the “InterContinental Dubai Festival City” hotel, and "Mohammed bin Rashid Library", which will continue until the sixth of February, and present the experiences of more than 260 writers, creators and thought leaders from the Arab world and the world, in more than 300 activities covering all fields of literature, arts and culture.

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Isabelle Abulhoul, CEO and member of the Board of Trustees of the Emirates Literature Foundation, said: “We dedicate this special edition of the festival to our dear friends and new partners, without whom we would not have grown and prospered, and we would not have provided anything without the support of the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Literature Foundation. His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Vice President, Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the official sponsor, Emirates Airlines, the founding partner of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, and the sponsors of the festival headquarters, the InterContinental Hotel Dubai Festival City, the Mohammed bin Rashid Library, and the Center Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center and Dubai Expo City.” She added, “We also thank all local and international writers and publishers, volunteers, and the masses. All partners have proven that great things can be achieved when we work together to achieve a common desired goal, which is to spread the love of reading.”

cultural movement

Dr. Saeed Mubarak bin Kharbash, Executive Director of the Arts and Literature Sector in Dubai Culture, pointed out the importance of the festival's role in enriching the local cultural scene and activating the literary movement at the local and global levels, saying, "The Emirates Festival of Literature has turned into a qualitative cultural event that gathers annually a constellation of From creators, writers and writers to discuss various topics that reflect the uniqueness of the local and global cultural and creative scene, which supports the commitments of (Dubai Culture) aimed at empowering creators. .

Bin Kharbash added, "Over the past years, the festival has succeeded in creating a suitable environment for Emirati writers, intellectuals, and talents, and enabling them to express their creativity."

constructive cooperation

A member of the Board of Directors of the Mohammed bin Rashid Library Foundation, Dr. Mohammed Salem Al Mazrouei, said, "We are pleased with the strategic cultural partnership with the festival, which represents one of the most prominent literary platforms to promote cultural and literary movement in the Emirates, in addition to its role in enriching the intellectual, creative and knowledge scene in the Arab world."

Al Mazrouei stressed the library's keenness, since its establishment, to expand cooperation with all government and private agencies in order to consolidate a culture of science and knowledge and stimulate passion among new generations. Cultural and artistic conferences and festivals, local and international theatrical, cinematic and musical performances, which are equipped with the latest technologies in accordance with the highest international standards and practices to provide an ideal experience for holding events.

etiquette and space

This year, the Emirates Literature Foundation has partnered with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center to develop the “Emirates Literature in Space” program, an interactive educational and cultural program through which astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi harnesses his knowledge and experience with children during his six-month journey. It will be spent aboard the International Space Station, where interactions with Al Neyadi and the two other astronauts participating in the program, Nora Al Matrooshi and Hazzaa Al Mansoori, are catalysts to engage students across the UAE and the region.

"We are pleased to enhance cooperation with the Emirates Literature Foundation, because of its positive impact on our society," said Salem Humaid Al Marri, Director General of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, stressing that the launch of the "Emirates Literature in Space" program is in line with the primary goal of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center. represented in building a new generation of scientists, researchers, and talents capable of accelerating the growth movement in the space sector in the United Arab Emirates. Knowledge, by benefiting from the capabilities and experiences of both sides.

long partnerships

Boutros Boutros, Senior Vice President of Emirates Airlines for Joint Communications, Marketing and Branding, told Emirates Today: “Over the past 15 years, we have helped bring 1,263 authors and writers from more than 60 countries to Dubai to participate in the festival’s activities, covering the works of these Authors and thinkers The interests of people of all ages, races and cultural backgrounds, in addition to 74 famous presenters and 46 international artists, there is no doubt that this event, which we supported, has contributed to shaping the diverse cultural scene in Dubai. We are pleased to continue our contribution to the growth of this event. By achieving communication between more than 1,200 novelists, writers, thinkers and all segments of society who are book lovers here in the UAE since 2009.The support of Emirates Airlines, the main sponsor of the event, has enabled the local community to learn about new and unique perspectives and experiences, and we look forward to bringing together literature enthusiasts with authors who inspire them and enrich their daily experiences.”

Minds connect

Describing the new partnership that the festival is holding this year for the first time with Expo 2020 Dubai, Executive Director of the Dubai Expo Group, Nadia Verjee, said, “The Connecting Minds Club for Writers from Expo Dubai, in cooperation with the Emirates Literature Foundation, is an opportunity for the community to join us here in Dubai Expo City, to continue thinking, challenging and evolving the way we think.

It is part of a wide range of programs and events that will achieve communication across cultures and generations as we prepare to host the world again at the Emirates Climate Conference (COP 28), and we look forward to stimulating individual and collective climate action, from the UAE to the world.

Richness and diversity

“The 15th session of the festival this year is the largest since its inception, as 260 writers and creators from all over the world, representing more than 50 countries, participate in it, while we maintain every year, since the festival’s launch, the same storytelling theater,” said the festival’s director, Ahlam Al-Blooki. She added, "This year, the festival presents, over the course of its six days, a diverse and rich series of dialogues, seminars, sessions, and workshops that not only target reading and literature lovers, but also reflect all interests, including music, technology, health, science, and others."

Vice President of the State:

"The Emirates Festival of Literature today completes 15 years of creativity, culture and celebration of the book."

"We celebrate cultural events in Dubai in particular... because they reflect the depth of the human being in our society."


Composed of 60 countries participated in the festival.


An international artist and star hosted by the events.

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