Do you share our passion for books? Become a Foundation Friend to support our mission to make reading for pleasure accessible to all – and at the same time gain access to a fantastic range of member-only privileges.

We would like to invite you to become a supporter and integral part of the Emirates Literature Foundation by signing up as a Foundation Friend.

The Emirates Literature Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation which supports and nurtures literature in the United Arab Emirates and the region through a programme of varied cultural initiatives. The Foundation is also the home of the award-winning Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.

As a Foundation Friend, you can enjoy discounts, priority seating and exclusive benefits at all Foundation events and the Festival.

If you would like to purchase a Friends membership as a gift for a friend, please contact us at [email protected] to confirm their name, email address and phone number and add a personal message. Or else, why not treat them to a Gift Voucher

Membership lasts for 12 months from the date of purchase. There are four types of membership.

Individual adult membership (One adult minimum age 18 years): AED 235 per year
Couples’ adult membership (Two adults; minimum age 18 years): AED 405 per year
Family membership (Two adults and two children under 18 years) : AED 575 per year
Individual Student (One student between 12-23 years ): AED 100 per year

Membership Benefits

  • 10% off all tickets, excluding the purchase of a Pass
  • Priority booking
  • Reserved seating
  • Access to Foundation Friends’ Lounge
  • Meet Authors at the Friends’ Lounge
  • Newsletter and email updates
  • Invitations to selected events
  • 10% off selected Emirates Literature Foundation events and workshops
  • 10% off Costa Coffee outlets in the UAE
  • 10% off books at Magrudy’s**
  • 30% off City Sightseeing Tours in Dubai***
  • 15% off Montegrappa merchandise****
  • 10% of Frying Pan adventures with a discount voucher (on request).
  • 10% off four rides per month with Careem****

Terms & Conditions

  • Reserved seating is limited; seats will be held until five minutes before doors close and are allocated on a first come first served basis
  • All memberships are non-transferable
  • The Emirates Literature Foundation reserves the right to amend or withdraw privileges and add benefits to the Foundation Friends membership and may close any or all levels of memberships at any time
  • Foundation Friends lounge opening hours will be 9am to 9pm
  • Foundation Friends lounge catering includes complimentary drinks only
  • **Magrudy’s T & C:
    • Not in conjunction with any other discount or promotional offer
    • Only applicable on book purchases
  • ***City Sightseeing T & C:
    • For the card holder only. Guests pay full price
    • Valid FF membership card must be presented when buying the ticket
    • Tickets cannot be transferred
    • For hop-on/hop-off service and dhow cruise only
    • Not in conjunction with any other offer
  • **** Careem T & C:
    • The discount code will be shared with new members when they sign up. It gives 10% off four rides per month up to a maximum discount of AED 15 per ride. It is valid for the first 150 users per month, and expires October 2020.
  • Discount applicable exclusively at Montegrappa Emirates Towers Boutique or from

The information you share with us will be kept confidential at all times and not shared with any external parties.