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 booking 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 usually lasts for 12 months from the date of purchase, but this year, as a thank you for your support during these difficult times, we are offering 24 months (or two years) for the price of one, in addition to other benefits.

There are four types of membership (now available for two years each):

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

NOTE: If you have already registered for 2021, your Foundation Friends membership will automatically be extended for another year.

Membership Benefits

  • 10% off all tickets, excluding the purchase of a Pass
  • Priority booking 24 hours before tickets go on sale**
  • 10% off selected Emirates Literature Foundation events and workshops
  • 10% off books at Magrudy’s***
  • 10% off Costa Coffee outlets in the UAE
  • 10% off four rides per month with Careem****
  • 10% off courses at New Media Academy*****
  • Invitations to selected events
  • Newsletter and email updates

Terms & Conditions

  • All memberships are non-transferable
  • **Due to COVID-19 precautions, all seats will be numbered, making it important you book your seat early to avoid sessions getting sold out.
  • No Foundation Friends lounge this year due to COVID-19 precautions.
  • 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
  • *** Magrudy’s T & C:
    • Not in conjunction with any other discount or promotional offer
    • Only applicable on book purchases
  • **** 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 10 per ride.
  • ***** New Media Academy’s T & C:
    • Not in conjunction with any other discount or promotional offer



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