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
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