Dubai, December 2019: ‘Tis the time for Festive gift-giving and the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is offering the stress-free answer for the person who has everything. A ticket to a selected niche session at the LitFest offers present-giving precision, while a Festival pass gives access to all of the Festival’s main sessions and promises endless new memories to treasure for everyone.

For the person who always has an opinion on current affairs
Give them a front row seat and the chance to examine the critical issues of the day with world-leading experts who’ll be finding answers to life’s big questions, including ‘How can we save the planet?’, ‘How can we argue with a racist?’ and ‘How can we find peace and happiness in a frantic world?’.

If they love a best-seller
Don’t just give a book…give the chance to meet the author too and get the book signed at the end of the session. Bestselling fiction writers include Rosie Project author Graeme Simsion, Killing Eve creator Luke Jennings, and crime writer extraordinaire Linwood Barclay. There is also Tayari Jones, winner of the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction, for An American Marriage; Booker prize nominated Esi Edugayan for Washington Black, bestselling author Santa Montefiore and among many others, Mitch Albom, who had a world-wide hit with The Five People You Will Meet in Heaven.

If they have a taste for adventure
Let them hear from those who’ve tested the limits. Tales of derring-do come from the world’s greatest living explorer Ranulph Fiennes, and master of the mountains, Chris Bonington. Explore space and hear from one of the conquerors of the final frontier, Hazzaa AlMansouri of the UAE space programme, boldly going where no Emirati has gone before.

If they are in tune with the natural world
Bring it to life with TV broadcaster, environmentalist and wildlife expert Kate Humble, or hear about Gavin Thurston’s work as a wildlife cameraman which includes Sir David Attenborough’s series, Blue Planet II, Planet Earth II and Our Planet.

If they are searching for a calmer, more purposeful life
Hear insights from TV presenter, cook and bestselling author Nadiya Hussain who shares her struggle with anxiety and questions the barriers which many women must cross to be accepted or heard. Tibetan Buddhist monk Gelong Thubten has taught the benefits of living a mindful life to many high-profile people including Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton and Ruby Wax, and gives advice on how to find happiness within an urban jungle.

If they have a thirst for knowledge
Give them the inside story. Historian Bettany Hughes examines what we can learn from ancient civilisations. The ways in which science can improve society and deepen our understanding of our common humanity are considered by BBC scientist Adam Rutherford and Mohamed Qasem. The latest business trends are brought to Dubai by Jeetendr Sehdev, author of The Kim Kardashian Principle, named one of the year’s most influential books by the Huffington Post. Global Strategy Advisor, Parag Khanna says the Future is Asian and explains how the collective resurgence of Asia will bring new values around business, politics and society.

If they want to make the world a better place
Remarkable life stories that are sure to inspire include Ziauddin Yousafzai, the father of the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Malala, a man who refused to clip his daughter’s wings; Courageous Nujeen Mustafa, who escaped Syria as a refugee in a wheelchair; and Dr. Sanduk Ruit a doctor on a mission to restore sight to anyone who needs it, often travelling to remote parts of Nepal to help those who can’t afford to travel – experiences he has recorded in his biography The Barefoot Surgeon.

With award-winning story-tellers galore, and leading thinkers and opinion-formers on a range of topics, these are just some of the sessions in the packed programme exploring the topics of sustainability, spirituality and kindness to self and others, along with the LitFest’s ever popular genres covering literary, popular and crime fiction, business, history, poetry, science, food, adventure and exploration and more. For full details of the Festival programme, see https://www.emirateslitfest.com/events-calendar/

Individual ticket prices cost from AED 59
Festival Passes cost
Freedom Friday: AED 299
Super Saturday: AED 299
Weekend Wonderland: AED 499

The Weekend Passes save around 30 per cent off the individual ticket price, or Day Passes for Friday 7 and Saturday 8 February represent a 15 per cent discount on the cost of individual tickets. All passes are personal and cannot be shared. They give unlimited access to all general session for the day purchased. Workshops, Masterclasses and Special Events are not included with the pass.

The Festival is held with Founding Partners Emirates Airline and the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated authority for heritage, arts, and culture. The author list was presented during the launch event at the home of the Festival, the InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City.
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