Returning for its 14th edition, the UAE’s Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is all set to welcome an exciting lineup of worldwide creatives and stars of significant presence in the world of story-telling once again. The festival will take place for ten days and will be inaugurates on February 3 at the Habtoor City Hotels.
Focusing on the theme “Here comes the sun”, the festival will be attended by creatives including Julia Quinn—the writer behind Netflix’s Regency-era production Bridgerton, Serhii Plokhy of Chernobyl 1986, and House of Gucci author Sara Gay Forden. “We are thrilled to be able to welcome international authors back in person, and brimming with excitement about our new venue, our phenomenal programme, and as always, the unforgettable stories the festival will give rise to,” said Ahlam Bolooki, director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.
Regionally acclaimed creatives will also star the event this time around, with guests like Mohammed Saeed Harib, aka the Emirati animator behind Freej, and Ken Arto, the animator of Demon Slayer. Others on the list include Belarusian American entrepreneur, author, speaker, and internet sensation Gary Vaynerchuck, and authors Nadiya Hussain, David Walliams, Iman Mersal, Mark Billingham, Shahad Al-Rawi, Ben Miller, David Baldacci, and Ahmed El Ghandour. “We have some very special sessions planned for the coming edition, and I am telling everyone to book early because if you blink, you will miss your chance,” Bolooki added.
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Classified as one of the world’s leading literary festivals, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature launched in 2009 to celebrate the written and spoken word of world-renowned creatives. Organized by the Emirates Literature Foundation, the event showcases a vast collection of diverse cultural works from different parts of the world, with an appreciation for international intellect through a rich itinerary of book signing, meet and greets, and workshops.