Dubai, 4 March 2019:  After a hotly contested competition, the winners of the UAE’s annual book competition, the Chevron Readers’ Cup, were declared today after battling for first place in a live ‘read-off’ held at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.

More than 2,000 students entered this year’s reading quiz with 731 teams competing in the finals, which were held in Arabic and English in two age groups – Primary and Secondary. Teams answered questions from a list of books by Festival authors and the winners were awarded trophies, certificates and book vouchers.

This year marks the eighth year Chevron has sponsored the competition, which has become an integral part of the company’s event calendar.  As an annual moderator of the competition, Christopher Bradley, Chevron Alkhalij Country Chairman UAE, said: “The Chevron Readers’ Cup has gone from strength to strength. It is such a pleasure to sponsor this fun, entertaining and educational competition which fosters a love of reading and knowledge in such a highly accessible way. We hope that it leaves a legacy for all the participants, giving them an enjoyment in reading which will last throughout their lives.”

English Primary Winners:

1. GEMS Our Own English High School – Righteous Readers

2. Deira International School – Beyond Books

3. St Mary’s High School – The Booksters

English Secondary Winners:

1. Private International English School – Team A – #NoName

2. Private International English School – Team B – Tome Trotters

3. St Mary’s Catholic High School – Stag

The Festival programme is brimming with sessions to engage, entertain and inform, with topics encompassing fiction, history, current affairs, food, health, travel, biography, business and more.  There are opportunities to appreciate poetry, take part in creative writing workshops and generally indulge in intelligent and articulate discussion on a wide range of topics. Sessions appeal to all ages and nationalities, featuring outstanding authors, thinkers and opinion formers.

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. 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.