His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Emirates Airline and Group, President of DCAA and Chairman of Dubai Airports has accepted the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Personality of the Year 2012 Award, organisers announced today.
The Personality of the Year Award is given annually 'in recognition of a major contribution toward fostering literacy, education and love of literature in all its forms.'
As Chairman of Emirates Airline, HH Sheikh Ahmed has been at the forefront of establishing and supporting the LitFest which has, in only four years, become the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, attracting writers and visitors from all over the world.
'His Highness, working with our Rulers, has worked tirelessly on plans which improve the social, economic and cultural life of Dubai and is usually to be found at the heart of such initiatives,' commented Festival Director, Isobel Abulhoul OBE.
'It is an enormous pleasure and honour to present our Award to such a deserving and exemplary figure who serves as an excellent role model for our new generations,' she continued.
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is currently taking place at the Intercontinental Hotel Dubai Festival City. This year the LitFest will welcome more than 120 authors to meet 30,000 visitors at 200 events. There are many sessions dedicated to children and the Festival includes a significant education strand that reaches many thousands of young people.
The Festival Personality of the Year Award was last year awarded to leading businessman and humanitarian Juma Al Majid.
All information about the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is available on-line at www.emirateslitfest.com. It is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and in partnership with Emirates Airline and the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts, and heritage.
For more information please contact:
Mohammed Barghuthi, Communications Manager, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
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Christina Bruce, Head of Communications, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
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About the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together with authors from across the world to promote education, debate and above all else, love of reading and writing.
The Festival creates a wonderful opportunity for UAE nationals, residents and visitors to meet world famous authors, attend literary debates, listen to readings, participate in workshops and experience the exciting fringe and children’s events. With simultaneous translation between Arabic and English for all sessions, the Festival is a meeting of minds where ideas are shared and friendships are formed – not least among the authors themselves.
The 2012 Festival will be held between March 6-10, 2012 at Al Mamzar Theatre and The Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City. Details at www.emirateslitfest.com
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