Regional roadshow comes to Saudi this week with final line-up announced

Line-up includes Ahmad AlShugairi, Chris Gardner, Jennifer Palmieri, Dr Abdullah Al Maghlooth, Dr Rafia Ghubash and Isobel Abulhoul

Dubai, November 2018: A dedicated Youth Day designed to engage, inform and inspire the young generation of the GCC is one of the highlights of this year’s Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Open to all young people over 16, Youth Day takes place on Thursday 7 March 2019 at the Festival’s home, the InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City.

To spread the word, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature representatives are visiting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia this week to meet with literary groups, universities and influencers, including community organisation Jeddah Reads.

“This is an opportunity for young people to immerse themselves in new ideas, engage in thought-provoking conversations and be energised by our exceptional speakers. The youth are often the ones who question the aspirations and lifestyles of the generation that went before, while creating new definitions of success,” said Ahlam Bolooki, Festival Director.  “The Youth Day programme will inspire and guide this reimagining of what their future should look like. We hope it will light that spark within them to aspire to become visionaries of the future.”

Sessions will include a fascinating discussion on how the achievements of the past can drive future development from two women who have spearheaded change.  Media personality and social media superstar Ahmad AlShugairi will share his thoughts on success and fulfilment; Dr Rafia Ghubash, the first qualified psychiatrist in the UAE, first woman president of the Arabian Gulf Universityand founder of the Dubai Women’s Museum will be in conversation with Isobel Abulhoul, founder of the Emirates Literature Foundation and the Festival, examining the powerful but often unacknowledged contribution of women to the development of the region. Dr Abdullah Al Maghlooth will talk about the positive influence of social media, and using motivating real-life stories, show how it can be harnessed to overcome obstacles and influence the world for good. Former White House Director of Communications Jennifer Palmieri will give a riveting talk about how to reach your goals and change your life for the better. Inspirational author of the Pursuit of Happyness, Chris Gardner, whose real-life rags to riches story was portrayed by Will Smith in the hit film with the same name, completes the spectacular Youth Day line-up.

The day includes a buffet lunch and Youth Day ticket holders will be offered a 50% discount on tickets for the main Festival sessions of their choice that weekend, 8-9 March 2019. Students travelling from Saudi Arabia can take advantage of special offers at participating hotels including Rove Hotels and many more. There is also a 25% discount on FlyDubai flights into the UAE. The details of all offers are available on the website https://www.emirateslitfest.com/offers/.

As the Arab World’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, the Festival has a huge range of sessions led by best-selling authors and world-leading experts on literature, business, science food, history, and much more.

A Youth Day ticket costs AED 175 (Foundation Friends AED 158), to include the five Youth Day sessions, buffet lunch, and 50 per cent discount on six main Festival sessions. Limited tickets are available.

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is held in partnership with Emirates Airline and the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated authority for heritage, arts, and culture. Youth Day is sponsored by Dubai Tourism. It is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature runs from 1-9 March 2019. It is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.

For the full list of authors, visit emirateslitfest.com/authors