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Culture Vultures love Dubai

From a humble fishing village to a global metropolis of 200+ nationalities, Dubai has shot up as a global tourism destination for sun, sand, sea, city life, commerce and culture. Discover how old traditions blend with modern living in this cosmopolitan city. Explore bustling souks and vibrant historic neighbourhoods; visit the Middle East’s hottest creative hub hidden away in an industrial area, and mingle in the chic art galleries of the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Visit Dubai in February 2022, and you can add the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, one of the best-loved events on Dubai’s annual calendar, to your holiday itinerary. The 14th edition of the Festival is held 3-13 February in Al Habtoor City, only 10 minutes from Downtown Dubai and the Burj Khalifa.

Whether it is fiction, business, history, politics, sci-fi, cookery, self-help or children’s entertainment, there will be a topic that gets you excited. With a breathtaking line-up of writers covering every conceivable genre, the Festival offers inspiring conversations and experiences to non-readers and readers alike.

Magical moments

Do not miss the Festival’s special events, which differ from year to year but include delectable dinners with leading chefs from around the world, and sleuthing fun at a Murder Mystery evening where you pit your wits against best-selling crime authors to solve the mystery and catch the killer.

One of the best-loved and most anticipated events in the cultural calendar of the Middle East is Desert Stanzas; an evening of live poetry performed under the stars by some of the world’s greatest poets in a beautiful desert camp.

All special events sell out quickly, so do book your tickets early.

The perfect family destination

Dubai is the ultimate destination for a family holiday. Safe, friendly, and full of mini-adventures for little ones. Children of all ages love visiting the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and meeting the best children’s writers and illustrators coming from around the world to spark their creativity and imagination with high jinks, and merriment, workshops, shows, readings and plenty of space to roam. A visit to the Festival can be combined with a short stroll along the creek to the adjacent Festival City Mall, which boasts more than 500 restaurants and shops.

See you at #EmiratesLitFest


There is no shortage of accommodation in Dubai. The Festival takes place in the Hilton Hotel in Al Habtoor City, and there is also the adjacent V Hotel and Habtoor Palace Dubai, and a multitude of other options just a short taxi ride away. Take a look at your favourite booking site or visit the Dubai Tourism website for more information.


The Festival takes place at Al Habtoor City, a short drive from downtown Dubai as well as the airport. Click here to see the map.

Hilton Dubai is a 40-minute bus journey from Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall Metro station (Red Line), using the F14 or F13 and 50 buses.


Parking is available at the Hilton Hotel and at nearby hotels.


The Festival aims to be accessible to all. The venue itself offers valet parking as well as accessible parking spaces, flat terrain from parking to entrance, and wheelchair access to all levels. There are wheelchair accessible restrooms on both levels.

Our volunteers will be happy to guide wheelchair users inside the venue and within the session rooms. If you have any questions or require additional assistance, please contact us.


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