Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2020 dates announced

The five-day programme will host more than 130 sought-after international and local authors.

Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature returns next year and will run for five days from Tuesday February 4 to Sunday February 9, 2020. 

Now in its 12th edition, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word. It will be held at the InterContinental Dubai – Festival City.

This home grown festival will feature a programme that will host more than 130 sought-after international and local authors over the course of five days. It aims to bring together people of all ages and backgrounds from all around the world to promote the love of reading, writing and great conversation.

The line-up hasn’t been announced just yet but you can expect writers ranging from fiction and non-fiction, memoir, history, science, exploration, well-being, business leadership, children’s stories and much more – so there’s something for everyone.

Usually the festival runs during the first week of March and for a longer period of time, but according to Festival Director, Ahlam Bolooki, this year the shorter format means all the authors will have a chance to meet and interact with visitors. 

Bolooki went on to state that even though it’s a shorter time frame, nothing else has changed and that the festival is committed to world-class writers and stimulating conversations.

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is held under the flagship of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), and H.E. Hala Badri, Director General of Dubai Culture, stated that the festival is to promote ‘a love of reading across our nation.’

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