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 2020 competition was Tomorrow. The competition was held in Arabic and English. Entrants chose their own titles for their poem, and the winners were honoured during the 2020 Festival. Click here to learn more.
Story Writing Competition
The inspiration for the 2020 competition was Tomorrow. The competition was held in Arabic and English. Winners were honoured at a prizegiving event at the 2020 Festival, and all the winning entries were published in a 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 offer 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 books selected by the Festival team, including titles written by authors attending the Festival, and classic fiction for young people. The first round is held in a central location and consists of a written quiz. The20 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. More information about the paid sessions at the 2021 Festival to come.
Livestream Selected Student Sessions!
We hold popular and engaging Free Student Sessions in Arabic and in English, featuring well-loved and bestselling authors. We do our best to accommodate as many schools as possible, and in 2020 we also live streamed three selected Education Sessions to schools across the country.
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. More information about author school visits during the 2021 Festival to come.
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. More information about how to take part in the Festival Fringe programme during the 2021 Festival to come.