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Youth Day 2019

Youth Day at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is a celebration of positive thinking, inspiring ideas and motivating speakers. Open to all young people aged 16+, this is a unique opportunity to hear extraordinary talks, engage in fascinating conversations and get inspired.

In addition to the five fantastic sessions and a buffet lunch on Thursday 7 March, as a Youth Day ticket holder you will receive a 50% discount on six main Festival sessions of your choice. Click here to view the Youth Day programme.

Tickets to Youth Day cost AED175. Limited places are available. Click below to purchase tickets.

Additional Benefits

Discount on Six Festival Sessions

Once you’ve bought your Youth Day ticket, you will receive an email within 5 working days with a discount code and a link to book up to six main Festival sessions on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 March with a 50% discount. As the Arab World’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, the Festival offers a wide range of sessions on literature, business, science, food, history and much more. All sessions will be announced soon.

Flight and Hotels

To help you make the most of your visit to the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, we’re delighted to offer discounts at participating hotels and, for international students travelling to Dubai, discounts on flydubai flights into the UAE. You will receive these codes on email within five working days of booking your Youth Day ticket. Please click here for more details.

The Programme Schedule

Youth Day, Thursday 7 March 2019

Dr Rafia Ghubash in conversation with Isobel Abulhoul OBE: Hidden Figures; Powerful Stories
Dr Rafia Ghubash
Isobel Abulhoul

Two women who have spearheaded change and progress will examine the powerful but often unacknowledged contribution of women to the development of our region in an entertaining and illuminating discussion.

Dr Rafia Ghubash, the first qualified psychiatrist in the UAE, first woman president of the Arabian Gulf University, and founder of the Dubai Women’s Museum and author of The Encyclopaedia of Emirati Women.

Isobel Abulhoul, founder and CEO of the Emirates Literature Foundation.

Inside Spoken Word – the Power of Performance: LionHeart & Afra Atiq

What makes a Spoken Word artist? And why does their poetry speak so strongly to people today? With electric performances and the stories of their journeys to find their voice, the award-winning poets LionHeart and Afra Atiq take the stage. 

Afra Atiq is an award-winning Emirati poet. Afra has performed and held workshops across the globe, winning multiple poetry slams as well as the 2017 ADMAF creativity award, making her the first spoken word poet to win the award. 

LionHeart is a BBC Radio London Presenter, TEDx Speaker, award-winning poet and International SpokenWord Performer. He is the author of debut poetry collection The Mute’s Rebellion, which excavates memories of social anxiety, selective mutism, upbringing, emotional vulnerability and more.

Dr Abdullah Al Maghlooth: The Positive Influence of Social Media
Dr Abdullah Al Maghlooth

How can you be a positive influence on society? When do you know it’s the right time to challenge yourself and find a new path in life?In a session full of positive real-life stories, Dr Abdullah Al Maglooth will show you how young people can use social media to overcome obstacles and change society for good.

Dr. Abdullah Al Maghlooth is a Saudi Arabian best selling author. He holds a PhD in Digital Media at the University of Salford, UK.

Ahmad AlShugairi: Beneficence with Ahmad AlShugairi
Ahmad AlShugairi

We invite all who want to build their own success and find fulfilment to join Ahmad AlShugairi for an inspiring discussion of how to make a better life for yourself. He will guide you in how to manage and improve five critical aspects of your life: your Mind, Body, Money, People, and Environment, with practical tips on how to improve each of these pillars.

Ahmad AlShugairi is a Saudi Arabian media figure and author of the Khawater Shab series, If He Had Been Between Us, My Journey with Gandhi and most recently Forty.

All proceeds from this event go towards the operating costs of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.

Chris Gardner: The Pursuit of Happyness
Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner’s extraordinary determination and self-belief, captured in his memoir and movie The Pursuit of Happyness, make him one of the world’s most celebrated speakers. Join Chris Gardner to discover his universal lessons for today’s youth in a motivational and empowering keynote address.




How old do I need to be to come to Youth Day? Do I have to be a student?

Youth Day is open to all young people aged 16+, and you don’t need to be a student to attend.

How can I stay up to date with news about Youth Day?

The website will be updated with any new information. Any changes to event times, details or venue will be posted here so please check here before attending.

How can I purchase tickets with 50% discount?

You will be emailed a promo code by email within 5 working days of purchasing your Youth Day ticket. Use that code and get 50% discount on up to 6 main adult Festival sessions priced at AED75 each.

I’d like to attend more than 6 Festival sessions. Do I still get a discount?

You can purchase as many Festival sessions as you like in the same transaction. When you enter the code you’ve received by email, the 50% discount will automatically be applied to the first 6 sessions in your basket. All other sessions will be charged at full price.

I’m a Foundation Friend. Do I get an additional discount on the 6 main Festival sessions?

No, the 50% discount only applies to the 6 main Festival sessions. However, your Foundation Friend discount will apply to any further sessions purchased, according to the Foundation Friends T&Cs.

How do I book my flights and hotels with the Youth Day discount?

After purchasing your Youth Day ticket, you will receive an email with the discount code to use on booking flights with flydubai and on reservations at your chosen hotel. You will receive links to the website of flydubai and the hotels that are participating in this offer. When you make your booking, ensure you use the code to receive your discount!

Are there any restrictions on the offer for flights and hotels?

The flight offer is valid for flights within the Festival period of 28 February to 10 March 2019 on flights into the UAE, and 8 to 11 March for outbound flights from the UAE. The hotel offer applies to all bookings within the Festival period of 28 February to 10 March 2019, and we advise you to book early as availability at each hotel will be limited.

Which hotels can I stay in using the offer?

The hotels included in the discounted offer for Youth Day ticket holders are: Holiday Inn Festival City, ROVE Hotel, Rove City Centre, Rove Downtown and Form Hotel Dubai, Al Jaddaf.

I live in the UAE, but outside Dubai. Can I still use the hotel discount?

Yes, the discount is open to everyone purchasing a Youth Day ticket.

What meals are included in the Youth Day ticket?

Lunch on Thursday 7 March is included in the ticket price and will be available to all Youth Day ticket holders. No other meals are included in the ticket price.

What happens if one of the speakers cannot attend the Festival?

If an author is unavailable on the day for any reason, an alternative author may be included in the programme. A refund will only be offered if the full day of sessions is cancelled.

Terms and Conditions

  • Youth Day and the Youth Day Festival discount is open to young people aged 16+.
  • You must present a valid ticket to enter Youth Day and Festival sessions.
  • Each Youth Day ticket costs AED175 for the full day of five sessions inclusive of lunch on Thursday 7 March 2019.
  • All Youth Day ticket holders are entitled to a 50% discount on up to 6 main Festival sessions (full price AED75) during the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, 1-9 March 2019. Children’s sessions, masterclasses, workshops and special events are not included in this offer. The discount code will be emailed within 5 working days of Youth Day ticket purchase.
  • Further Festival tickets may be purchased at full price. The discount is only valid for the first 6 sessions purchased.
  • Ticket holders are responsible for checking that the dates and times of Festival sessions are suitable ahead of purchase.
  • The Youth Day ticket covers access to the day’s events and lunch only. Transport and accommodation remains the responsibility of the ticket holder.
  • Youth Day ticket holders are entitled to discounts for hotels and flights. The discount codes will be emailed within five working days of ticket purchase. The booking period is from 19 November 2018 until 7 March 2019, and the discounts are valid for travel and hotel stays within the two-week period of the Festival (28 February to 10 March). There is no guarantee of availability, so visitors are advised to book early for the best deals. The flight discount is only available to Youth Day ticket holders travelling into Dubai from an international location during this period.
  • Tickets are non-refundable
  • Only in the case of an event being cancelled, will we refund or exchange your ticket. For details see *Ticket Refunds
  • Refunds will be processed within 20 working days
  • Credit card refunds may take between 3-5 days to process
  • Event times and venues are subject to change; please check https://www.emirateslitfest.com/youth-day/ for updates before attending
  • Events may be recorded or filmed; by buying a ticket, you consent to the filming, photography and sound recording of yourself as a member of the audience
  • Organisers reserve the right to refuse admission to events
  • The event is free seating and seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • If events have special requirements or conditions, these will be detailed on the booking page on our website

*Ticket refunds

  • Under normal circumstances refunds will not be offered on any ticket.
  • In the event of an author not being available on the day for any reason, an alternative author may be included in the programme.
  • In the event of the whole day session being cancelled, customers will receive a full refund of the Youth Day ticket price of AED 175. In all cases, refunds will be given only upon presentation of the e-ticket, ID and invoice/ receipt. Please click here for more details.
  • Refunds will not be offered on travel or accommodation costs; all third party costs incurred attending the event should be raised with the third party Refunds can only be given in the form of payment originally used, i.e. credit card refund on credit card purchase or cash refund on cash purchase.
  • Refunds will be processed within 20 working days. Credit card refunds may take between 3-5 days to process after the refund request has been completed. Tickets will be refunded only once.

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