Screencap showcasing the logo for the festival, December 20, 2017 – YouTube/EmiratesLitFest
CAIRO – 20 December 2017: The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature has announced an initiative inviting students from Egypt and other Arab countries.
For the festival set to be held from March 1 to 10, a special program for university students will allow them to register for the international student’s program that will allow them to deepen their understanding of the Arab world and its literary icons. Running for three days, students will engage in entertaining and informative sessions.
They will also have access to four University Day sessions on March 8, given out by renowned Saudi Arabian scholar Hatoon Ajwad Al Fassi, Muhsin Al-Ramli, author of “The President’s Gardens” and long-listed for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, philanthropist Frédéric Kanouté and others. Students can also attend six of the main festival’s programmed sessions across 22 events during the final week.
In an officially released statement, Issam Kazim, CEO of the Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing said, “Dubai Tourism is delighted to be partnering with Emirates Airline Festival of Literature to make available this special educational package for students from across the region and beyond. The Festival has long been a favorite among Dubai residents and visitors, and its growing appeal is thanks to its star-studded line-up, wide array of events and activities, and of course its worthwhile agenda. The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature presents a unique opportunity for learning and discovery, so it gives us great pleasure to offer students a package that promises exceptional value and makes it even easier to travel to Dubai and experience everything this exciting festival affords.”
Held annually in the UAE, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the Arab world’s largest celebration of literature, an international event that aims to encourage a love of reading. It brings writers from all around the world, particularly Arabs, and has been running for 10 years. It has featured the likes of renowned authors such as Nawal El Saadawi and Ahmed Moura.
The upcoming 2018 festival will feature Egyptian authors Mohammad Rabie, Youssef Rakha and cartoonist/illustrator Walid Taher.