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Tales of The Green Planet
Dubai Summer Surprises Logo and The Green Planet Logo
For the first time, the Emirates Literature Foundation is collaborating with The Green Planet. Join us from 19-21 August for an exciting three days of interactive activities themed around animals, nature, the environment, and sustainability!

Please note that all activities are only available for visitors holding a Green Planet ticket valid for that day. Access will be granted on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis, as this event has limited seating to accommodate social distancing.

Book tickets now so you don’t miss out!

Timings


Thursday, 19 August
2:00-6:00PM
Friday, 20 August
11:00AM-6:00PM
Saturday, 21 August
11:00AM-6:00PM


Activities

Activities

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt
Scan the QR code available at the reception area of The Green Planet and answer some fun questions about its animals as you enjoy your visit. Once you’ve completed all the questions, claim your prizes which will be waiting for you outside, in the Café!

Write a Letter

Letter-Writing
Head to The Green Planet’s Learning Centre where you’ll be provided with all the materials you need to write some fan mail to one of five superstar animals at The Green Planet and wait for the reply in your inbox.

Disclaimer: replies from Lemon the Sloth might take longer!

Sessions

Guest Speakers
Find out how you can help save the planet with tales about animals, the environment, nature and making our world a better place from authors who’ll be bringing their stories to life.

Programme

Please note that numbers will be restricted for each session to accommodate social distancing. But don’t worry! You won’t have to wait too long before the next session starts!





Thursday, 19 August

TIME
SESSIONS
2:00-6:00PM
Scavenger Hunt Scavenger Hunt
Search for clues and answer questions as you explore The Green Planet Biome.
Available all day, but must be completed during your visit.
Write a Letter Letter-Writing
Send your favourite animal a letter, and you may hear back!
Available all day, but can be completed at home.
2:00PM
Modesh and DAna Join Modesh, Dana and Lina LitFest @ The Green Planet
Dubai Summer Surprises’ favourite mascots Modesh and Dana will be joining the Emirates Literature Foundation’s very own Lina LitFest for a brief photo opportunity at The Green Planet’s Learning Centre.
3:30PM
Thiago's Shell Exploring Thiago’s Shell
Stephanie Robert
EN|Age: 4+

Join author Stephanie Robert for an interactive storytelling session inspired by her picture book Thiago’s Shell, and find out how little Thiago the turtle learns to believe in himself.

4:15PM
Thiago's Shell Exploring Thiago’s Shell
Stephanie Robert
EN|Age: 4+

Join author Stephanie Robert for an interactive storytelling session inspired by her picture book Thiago’s Shell, and find out how little Thiago the turtle learns to believe in himself.

5:00PM
Fanteer the Fluffy Flamingo Fanteer the Fluffy Flamingo
Noura Al Khoori
AR|Age: 3+

Join Emirati author and environmentalist Noura Al Khoori for the fluffiest activity yet! She’ll tell you all about the title character in her picture book Fanteer the Fluffy Flamingo before guiding you through a flamingo-making activity of your own.

5:40PM
Fanteer the Furboa Furboa
Noura Al Khoori
AR|Age: 6+

Have you ever lost something really important? Furboa the gerboa certainly has! His friends have invited him to a party but he’s lost the address. Come and hear more about Furboa the gerboa’s exciting adventure from the amazing author herself, Noura Al Khoori.

Friday, 20 August

TIME
SESSIONS
11:00AM-6:00PM
Scavenger Hunt Scavenger Hunt
Search for clues and answer questions as you explore The Green Planet Biome.
Available all day, but must be completed during your visit.
Write a Letter Letter-Writing
Send your favourite animal a letter, and you may hear back!
Available all day, but can be completed at home.
11:00AM
Discovering Stella’s Song Discovering Stella’s Song
Stephanie Robert
EN|Age: 4+

When Stella the elephant takes a nap, her dream leads her into the jungle to discover what an amazing person she really is.

Hear author Stephanie Robert read from her picture book Stella’s Song and be guided through a mindfulness exercise to discover just where your own imagination can take you.

11:45AM
Discovering Stella’s Song Discovering Stella’s Song
Stephanie Robert
EN|Age: 4+

When Stella the elephant takes a nap, her dream leads her into the jungle to discover what an amazing person she really is.

Hear author Stephanie Robert read from her picture book Stella’s Song and be guided through a mindfulness exercise to discover just where your own imagination can take you.

12:40PM
Little Explorers Go Green at The Green Planet Little Explorers Go Green at The Green Planet
Ebtisam Al-Beiti
EN|Age: 3+

Little Earth isn’t feeling very well and needs your help to make them feel better! Come along to see educator and author of Can I Go Out Now?, Ebtisam Al-Beiti, take you on an exciting journey to become caring little explorers and help Little Earth. .

1:20PM
Little Explorers Go Green at The Green Planet Little Explorers Go Green at The Green Planet
Ebtisam Al-Beiti
EN|Age: 3+

Little Earth isn’t feeling very well and needs your help to make them feel better! Come along to see educator and author of Can I Go Out Now?, Ebtisam Al-Beiti, take you on an exciting journey to become caring little explorers and help Little Earth. .

2:00PM
Secret of The Strange Island Secret of The Strange Island
Youshey Zakiuddin
EN|Age: 5+

Two young explorers set sail in the Pacific Ocean and discover a strange island with a surprising secret. Do you know what it could be? Join author of The Strange Island, Youshey Zakiuddin to find out more about what makes this island so very strange!

3:20PM
A Trip Full of Wonders A Trip Full of Wonders
Lamya Tawfik
AR|Age: 3+

Join the incredible Lamya Tawfik on a journey with some of The Green Planet’s friendliest stuffed animals in this interactive storytelling session for explorers and dreamers alike.

4:05PM
A Trip Full of Wonders A Trip Full of Wonders
Lamya Tawfik
EN|Age: 3+

Join the incredible Lamya Tawfik on a journey with some of The Green Planet’s friendliest stuffed animals in this interactive storytelling session for explorers and dreamers alike.

4:50PM
Draw with Simar Halwany Draw with Simar Halwany
Simar Halwany
AR & EN|Age: 6+

Visual artist and author, Simar Halwany, invites you to unleash your artistry and draw your own version of Lemon the Sloth that you get to take home!

5:30PM
Draw with Simar Halwany Draw with Simar Halwany
Simar Halwany
AR & EN|Age: 6+

Visual artist and author, Simar Halwany, invites you to unleash your artistry and draw your own version of Thatcher the Anteater that you get to take home!

Saturday, 21 August

TIME
SESSIONS
11:00AM-6:00PM
Scavenger Hunt Scavenger Hunt
Search for clues and answer questions as you explore The Green Planet Biome.
Available all day, but must be completed during your visit.
Write a Letter Letter-Writing
Send your favourite animal a letter, and you may hear back!
Available all day, but can be completed at home.
11:00AM
Magic Phil’s Colourful World of Animals Magic Phil’s Colourful World of Animals
Magic Phil
EN|Age: 3+

Prepare yourselves for an interactive session as one of Dubai’s best-known entertainers, Magic Phil, conjures not only some amazing animals but also some super colourful storytelling.

11:40AM
Magic Phil’s Colourful World of Animals Magic Phil’s Colourful World of Animals
Magic Phil
EN|Age: 3+

Prepare yourselves for an interactive session as one of Dubai’s best-known entertainers, Magic Phil, conjures not only some amazing animals but also some super colourful storytelling.

12:30PM
Little Explorers Go Green at The Green Planet Little Explorers Go Green at The Green Planet
Ebtisam Al-Beiti
EN|Age: 3+

Little Earth isn’t feeling very well and needs your help to make them feel better! Come along to see educator and author of Can I Go Out Now?, Ebtisam Al-Beiti, take you on an exciting journey to become caring little explorers and help Little Earth. .

1:20PM
Little Explorers Go Green at The Green Planet Little Explorers Go Green at The Green Planet
Ebtisam Al-Beiti
EN|Age: 3+

Little Earth isn’t feeling very well and needs your help to make them feel better! Come along to see educator and author of Can I Go Out Now?, Ebtisam Al-Beiti, take you on an exciting journey to become caring little explorers and help Little Earth. .

2:00PM
Secret of The Strange Island Secret of The Strange Island
Youshey Zakiuddin
EN|Age: 5+

Two young explorers set sail in the Pacific Ocean and discover a strange island with a surprising secret. Do you know what it could be? Join author of The Strange Island, Youshey Zakiuddin to find out more about what makes this island so very strange!

3:20PM
A Trip Full of Wonders A Trip Full of Wonders
Lamya Tawfik
AR|Age: 3+

Join the incredible Lamya Tawfik on a journey with some of The Green Planet’s friendliest stuffed animals in this interactive storytelling session for explorers and dreamers alike.

4:05PM
A Trip Full of Wonders A Trip Full of Wonders
Lamya Tawfik
EN|Age: 3+

Join the incredible Lamya Tawfik on a journey with some of The Green Planet’s friendliest stuffed animals in this interactive storytelling session for explorers and dreamers alike.

4:50PM
Fanteer the Furboa Furboa
Maitha Al Khayat
AR|Age: 4+

Join award-winning Emirati children’s illustrator and writer, Maitha Al Khayat, for an interactive reading of Noura Al Khouri’s latest book Furboa, the tale of a forgetful gerboa, followed by a drawing activity to bring Furboa to life.

5:30PM
Fanteer the Furboa Furboa
Maitha Al Khayat
AR|Age: 4+

Join award-winning Emirati children’s illustrator and writer, Maitha Al Khayat, for an interactive reading of Noura Al Khouri’s latest book Furboa, the tale of a forgetful gerboa, followed by a drawing activity to bring Furboa to life.

Speakers

Ebtisam Al-Beiti

Ebtisam Al-Beiti

Ebtisam Al-Beiti

Ebtisam Al-Beiti

is an early years professional who has had a passion for education since her high school years, where she used to volunteer to read stories for preschool children. She is usually found in a noisy classroom or running operations as an experienced vice-principal. Writing a children’s book has always been on her bucket list, until it became a reality in March 2020.

Earning a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and working in managerial and teaching roles inspired her to write a book with a strong educational message for our youngest readers. ‘Can I Go Out Now’? is her first book which aims to teach children about current environmental and health issues in a fun, playful, and interactive way. The first edition has been featured in ‘The Reading for Pleasure Project’, a UAE school, government reading program initiated by The Emirates Literature Foundation and The UAE Ministry of Education.

Being an educator, Ebtisam has strived to be a contributor to the education of young children and she has also volunteered in special needs schools in her free time. Ebtisam lives with her family in Dubai and she is not to be confused with her twin sister!

Lamya Tawfik

Lamya Tawfik

Lamya Tawfik

Lamya Tawfik

Lamya Tawfik is a media professional in Dubai working as a presenter, writer, translator and voice over artist. She has more than 20 years of experience in various media fields – journalism, PR, advertising, radio, and teaching media at a university level.

Academically, she holds a BA and MA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the American University in Cairo and a PhD in Childhood Studies from the Mass Communication and Child Culture Department, Institute for Postgraduate Childhood Studies, Ain Shams University.

She is active in the local arts scene as an actor and storyteller and has performed in Arabic, English and Italian.

Magic Phil

Magic Phil

Magic Phil

Magic Phil

Magic Phil is a children’s TV and radio presenter, magician and children’s author from the northeast of England. He has been based in the UAE for ten years.

He is the celebrity columnist for Time Out Kids Magazine, where he shares his funny stories, jokes and riddles, He also has his own daily children’s radio show, The Laughternoon Drive, on popular Children’s station Pearl 102 FM.

Magic Phil can be seen touring all over the UAE with his hilarious family shows. In December 2020 he performed six sell-out shows on the QE2.

Magic Phil can be seen on children’s TV channel Nickelodeon and has also featured on many other live TV shows.

In 2019 he published his first book, The Dog that Loves Blue, followed by The Camel that Loves Red in 2020.

Magic Phil’s Story Time show is full of colourful props, magic tricks, special and magical characters, songs and NON-STOP audience interaction!

Maitha Al Khayat

Maitha Al Khayat

Maitha Al Khayat

Maitha AlKhayat

Maitha AlKhayat is an Emirati and an International children’s author and illustrator. With 170 publications, she delights children with her quirky yet cultural stories through interactive storytelling and workshops.

Her picture book My Own Special Way was awarded best children’s books in the Children’s forum in Riyadh, 2011, also translated into English and Turkish. It was shortlisted for best book in translation for Marsh Awards 2013. Also, Turn Off The Lights was awarded best children’s book at the Publisher’s Association in Sharjah in 2016. Her illustrations of Father’s Date Palm Trees was shortlisted for best picture book at the Zayed Book Award in 2020. Her recent picture book Grandma Moudy Fashionista is also translated into Italian. Maitha wrote children’s TV shows like Iftah Ya Simsim, Sesame Street and Hamdoon, an Emirati cartoon show.

Maitha enjoys reading picture books to children and her four cats.

Noura Al Khoori

Noura Al Khoori

Noura Al Khoori

Noura is an environmentalist by education and a mother of four children. She couples writing for children with volunteer community work in the field of lactation (motherhood and early childhood) with La Leache League International.

Noura is passionate about incorporating aspects of the natural environment and the local culture into her writings. She holds school readings and workshops, as well as book fair activities extensively throughout the UAE.

Simar Halwany

Simar Halwany

Simar Halwany

Simar Halwany

Simar Halwany is a Lebanese visual artist specialised in painting with oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolours, holding a Master’s degree in Illustration from Italy.

She wrote and illustrated the silent book The Story of a Thread in 2019 in addition to her book BOO, which was published in 2017.

Her illustrated book The Elephant that Paints won the best book award Al Fikr Al Arabi 21 in 2017, and The Olive Tree was shortlisted in the Best Illustrator Category at the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature in 2017.

Stephanie Robert

Stephanie Robert

Stephanie Robert

Stephanie Robert

Stephanie Robert has a degree in psychology from the University of Ottawa, Canada. She has a passion for learning about and understanding the effect of positive psychology on the child’s mind.

She has always had an interest in using her knowledge of the subject in order to help children grow to their fullest potential. Having experienced specific challenges as a mother herself, she has invested time and energy into researching different alternative methods to dealing with them. As a result, she has built a unique understanding into a child’s heart and mind connection.

Stephanie has published two popular children’s books, Thiago’s Shell and Stella’s Song. She lives in Dubai with her husband, two sons, and her extended family.

Youshey Zakiuddin

Youshey Zakiuddin

Youshey Zakiuddin

Youshey Zakiuddin

Youshey Zakiuddin is passionate about protecting the environment and loves to talk to children about why it’s important to live a sustainable lifestyle. Youshey studied about the environment at the Oxford University’s Centre for the Environment and is currently part of the sustainability team at du.

In his spare time, Youshey loves reading books, watching science- and nature-based documentaries, and writing children’s stories. His first book The Strange Island aims to teach children about the impact of waste on our oceans.

Terms and Conditions

  • The Emirates Literature Foundation reserves the right to restrict entry to The Green Planet Learning Centre in compliance with COVID-19 rules and regulations.
  • All activities are available on a first-come, first-served basis to all holders of tickets to The Green Planet on the same day. The Emirates Literature Foundation is not responsible for any missed events due to limited capacity.
  • All children under the age of 6 must be accompanied by an adult, however, due to space constraints we can only accommodate one adult per family inside the Learning Centre.
  • The Tales of the Green Planet events will be documented. All photos, videos, letters, and drawings are the property of the Emirates Literature Foundation. By attending this event, all participants consent to this material being used without compensation as it is (or with edits) by the Emirates Literature Foundation and their partners, Dubai Tourism and The Green Planet. They may use this material for promotional purpose on social media, websites and in print communication. Additionally, this material may be disseminated to the press for media coverage.
  • The Emirates Literature Foundation follows international best practices to not share recognisable images or videos of children without parental consent.
  • All The Green Planets terms and conditions apply.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding this event, please reach out to us at greenplanet@elfdubai.org.

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