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Emirates Airline Festival of Literature


Here at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, we love books - all kinds of books. There are many that mistakenly believe we are all about Fiction, but let us assure you there is a wealth of non-fiction authors headed your way this March! From Worldshapers and Changemakers to Powerful Panels with historians, philanthropists, filmmakers and female leaders, your dose of non-fiction inspiration is just a click away.


Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Muhammad Yunus: A World of Three Zeroes

Nobel Peace Prize winner and microfinance innovator Muhammad Yunus has a vision of a world of zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero net emissions. Will it work? Learn more here!
Friday 2 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm

Digital Diplomacy: Omar Saif Ghobash & Thomas Fletcher

In a world where heads of state can share every idle thought with the world at the push of a button, what’s a diplomat to do? Two inspiring young diplomats discuss.
Saturday 3 March, 2pm-3pm

Mo Gawdat: Solve for Happy

Mo Gawdat’s theory for enduring happiness was put to the test when his son Ali died during a routine operation. How did his equation save the family from despair, and how can you engineer your own path to joy?
Saturday 3 March, 6pm-7pm

Souad Mekhennet: I Was Told to Come Alone

Hear first-hand from one of today’s most important investigative journalists about her quest to get into the minds of young jihadis, in the hope of understanding what leads them to violence.
Friday 9 March, 2pm-3pm

Arun Gandhi: The Gift of Anger

70 years on from the death of Mahatma Gandhi, his grandson Arun shares inspirational lessons from the years they lived together, and reveals a rare insight into the man behind the icon.
Saturday 10 March, 12pm-1pm

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Women in the Media: Noor Abdulmajeed, Iman Ben Chaibah & Aysha Taryam

What challenges do Arab women working in the media face? Our panel of leading female journalists discusses progress so far and the current state of the Arabic media environment.
Thursday 8 March, 5pm-6pm

International Women's Day: Press for Progress

Thursday March 8 is International Women’s Day, and to celebrate we have gathered a panel of top writers, Cheryl Strayed, Dr Hatoon Ajwad Al Fassi, HE Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi and Kamila Shamsie, to discuss the global movement for gender equality.
Thursday 8 March, 8pm-9pm

Expat, Migrant, Refugee: Chaker Khazaal, Emi Mahmoud, Mariela Shaker

Three young artists who have experienced displacement first-hand discuss how their music, poetry and novel-writing have become powerful platforms for refugee advocacy.
Friday 9 March, 6pm-7pm

Culture, Cliché and Cut!: Identity in Film

Three young filmmakers, Ali F Mostafa, Muzna Al Musafer and Neel Kumar, who have received critical praise for the unexpected truths captured in their films discuss the power of visual storytelling to bridge divides. 
Friday 9 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm

How to Do Good: Muna Al Gurg, Frédéric Kanouté, Emi Mahmoud, Mariela Shaker

How to Do Good is a book of extraordinary personal stories from thought leaders, celebrities and philanthropists who are driving positive change. Join four supporters of the movement for a session of inspirational performance and discussion.
Saturday 10 March, 2pm-3.30pm

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
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Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature