Message From Director

It is a time of turmoil and uncertainty in the world. Amidst conflict, the role of books to transcend borders has been cast into doubt as politics has prevailed over literature.

At the same time, storytelling has served as a powerful tool for collective expression, documenting histories and preserving cultural heritage. Through the power of words and the lens of social media, we have all experienced the joys and struggles of others first-hand in an unprecedented manner.

Since the inception of the Emirates LitFest, we have strived to be “Where Stories Happen.” This has led us to create a space for shared humanity where people can unite in their love for the written and spoken word. Where they can seek out enlightenment and inspiration, and partake in conversations that touch on the pressing issues of our time.

While innovation and globalisation hold undeniable significance for humanity’s development, dialogue and understanding is what will help us achieve the global goals. It is clear that in order to navigate these bleak times, we need a blueprint of compassion. In books, art and music, we seek and find the essence of compassion, an eloquence that exceeds words, colours and melodies.


I thank you for your support over the years and invite you to join us for the 2024 Emirates LitFest. Come for the captivating stories and soulful connections. Leave with a profound and lasting impact.


Ahlam Bolooki
Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Literature Foundation
Director, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
Managing Director, ELF Publishing