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The Emirates Literature Foundation focuses on bringing literature to life for students of all ages, working with their schools, universities, libraries and teachers to enhance their enjoyment of reading for pleasure and offer them new opportunities and ideas.

Education events held at the annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and throughout the year give students from across the UAE the chance to meet inspiring authors and discover new books. Alongside this, the Foundation’s popular annual competitions and creative courses encourage students to unlock their own potential in reading and writing, and fuel a lifelong love of words.

Year-Round Student Competitions

Taaleem Award Poetry Writing Competition

The inspiration for the 2019 Taaleem Award for poetry is Other Worlds. The competition is held in Arabic and English. Entrants may choose their own title for their poem, and the winners will be honoured during the 2019 Festival. Click here to learn more.

Oxford University Press Story Writing Competition

The inspiration for this year’s story competition is Other Worlds. The competition is held in Arabic and English. Winners will be honoured at a prizegiving event at the 2019 Festival, and all the winning entries will appear in a published book. Click here to learn more.

Emirates NBD Poetry For All (Previously known as the Qasidah Par Coeur Competition)

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is delighted to initiate a competition where students are invited to learn poetry by heart, giving an emotional response to the language and ideas of the poet. This follows the strong oral tradition which exists in the Arab world and similar competitions which take place around the world. Click here to learn more.

Chevron Readers Cup Competition

The Chevron Readers’ Cup competition involves teams of students (maximum four per team) who study four individual books written by authors attending the Festival. The first round is held in a central location and consists of a written quiz on the four books. The 16 teams with the highest scores in each age group go head to head in the finals held during the Festival. Click here to know more.

Student Events at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Paid Students Sessions

The Emirates Literature Foundation is a non-profit making organisation which aims to foster a life-long love of all forms of reading. To enable us to reach as many young readers as possible, some of our events are paid; these paid events help support our broad education programme. During the Festival, the Paid Student Sessions are those events that we feel have strong educational value and often link directly to the curriculum. Click here to learn more.

Free Education Day Sessions

We hold popular and engaging Free Education Day Sessions in Arabic and in English, featuring well-loved and bestselling authors. We will do our upmost to accommodate as many schools as possible but please note that ticket numbers are limited. Click here to learn more

Author School Visits

Many of our inspiring authors kindly agree to visit schools, colleges and universities in Dubai. We try incredibly hard to be fair and accommodating, balancing the preferences of authors with the requests of the schools. Much as we would love to find an author for every school, there are more schools than visiting authors. Click here to learn more

The Fringe

In its 11th year, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature’s Fringe stage will return to feature stunning performances by hundreds of children and young adults from across the UAE. Click here to learn more

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