The Emirates LitFest began with a simple goal: to bring the best the literary world has to offer to the UAE, for local book lovers to enjoy. Over the last 15 years, the Festival has grown into the biggest celebration of books in the Arab World, earning recognition for its impact in promoting a culture of reading in the UAE, as well as its extensive educational outreach.
With 100+ authors attending each year, the Emirates LitFest is the must-attend literary event of the UAE’s social calendar. It’s where stories happen.
The author reveal for the 2022 Emirates LitFest unfolded under the Al Wasl Dome at the Expo 2020.
The Emirates LitFest wins two Gold awards for its 2019 communications campaign for Best Consumer Services campaign and Best Non-Profit / Humanitarian / Charitable campaign at the annual Middle East Public Relations Association Awards ceremony.
The Festival wins Best Arts And Culture Event at the 2018 Middle East Special Event and Exhibition Awards.
The LitFest is awarded highly commendable in the Family Day Out Category at the Time Out Dubai Kids Awards in 2017
The Emirates LitFest team receives the award for Favourite Festival at the 2017 What's On Awards.
The Emirates Literature Foundation, responsible for curating the LitFest, is honoured at the 3rd UAE Pioneers Awards in 2016.
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature team receives the award for Favourite Festival at the 2016 What's On Awards.
The Emirates LitFest team receives the Best Festival Award for the third consecutive year at the 2015 Middle East Event Awards.
Emirates LitFest Founder Isobel Abulhoul wins the Unstoppable Woman Award in 2015.
CEO of the Emirates Literature Foundation and Festival founder Isobel Abulhoul takes home the Outstanding Contribution Award at the Time Out Kids Awards in 2014.
The LitFest team receiving the 2014 Award for Best Festival at the Middle East Event Awards.
Isobel Abulhoul receives ‘Imprint of Thought’ award at the Watani Emarat Humanitarian Work Award ceremony in 2013.
Emirates LitFest wins the Special Cultural Award from the Al Owais Creativity Awards in 2013.
Festival Founder and CEO of the Emirates Literatue Foundation, Isobel Abulhoul receives Arabian Business’ the Most Influential Woman Award in 2013.
CEO of the Emirates Literature Foundation Isobel Abulhoul receiving the Cultural Icon of UAE Award at the 3rd Petrochem GR8! Women Awards – Middle East in 2013.
The LitFest team receives the 2013 Award for Best Festival at the Middle East Event Awards.
Assistant Festival Director Yvette Judge, and Arabic Programme Co-ordinator Tariq Taljeh, receive an award at the Arabic Language Day celebration in Sharjah in 2013.
Then Emirates LitFest Festival Director, Isobel Abulhoul, receives her Order of the British Empire (OBE) from HM Queen Elizabeth II in 2012.
Emirates LitFest founder Isobel Abulhoul is awarded the Cultural Personality of the Year by Dr. HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Sharjah in 2010.
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