One For The Books

May 01, 2018
Local literary festival wins accolade

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature was recently named the Best Arts and Cultural Event at the 2018 Middle East Special Event Awards (MESE).

This is the fourth year that the festival has been awarded the accolade.

"We are thrilled to have received this honour yet again from our peers in the events industry. To be recognised for the excellence of our festival is a huge affrmation of the work we do and it is a wonderful endorsement for the hardworking team who all go beyond the extra mile to make the festival such a success," said Festival Director Ahlam Bolooki.

The festival previously won the Award in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

The festival, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in March, is one of the leading international literary festivals and the Arab World’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word. It brings together authors, poets, thinkers and speakers from around the world and the local region in an entertaining programme with wide appeal, making books, reading and ideas accessible to all. Visitors come face-to-face with bestselling authors and new writers, enjoy thought-provoking panel discussions, and hear the latest views and opinions on a range of topics from world experts in their feld.

This year, more than 41,000 visitors saw sessions from David Walliams, Alexander McCall Smith, Shashi Tharoor, Kamila Shamsie, UK poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage, His Excellency Omar Saif Ghobash, Taghreed Al Najjar, and Emirati writer Noura Al Khoori, among many others.
 
 
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