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
RGS Guildford Dubai Children’s Letter Writing Competition
The RGS Guildford Dubai Children’s Letter Writing Competition celebrates both the aesthetic of handwriting and well crafted messages. This competition is open in Arabic and English. Learn more.
Oxford University Press Story Writing Competition
The inspiration for the 2023 competition is ‘Old Friends’. The competition is held in Arabic and English. Winners will be honoured at a prizegiving event at the 2023 Festival, and all the winning entries will be published in a book. Learn more.
Poetry For All Competition
Poetry For All is the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature’s annual competition celebrating poetry performance and recital. Students are invited to learn poetry by heart, giving an emotional response to the language and ideas of the poet. It honours the strong oral tradition which exists in the Arab world. Learn more.
Readers’ Cup Competition
The Reader’s Cup is a competition whereby teams of students (maximum four per team) read and study a selection of books chosen by the foundation team. In light of the current pandemic of COVID-19 and taking into account social distancing measures, the first round will be held virtually and will consist of an online written quiz. The 20 teams with the highest scores in each age group go head-to-head in the finals held in February 2022 during the annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Learn more.