Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2022 returns to Dubai in February Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2022 returns to Dubai in February
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Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2022 returns to Dubai in February

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2022 returns to Dubai in February

The year’s festival with the theme ‘Here Comes the Sun’ offers a stellar line-up of literary luminaries and inspiring personalities who will engage the audience


We’ve put the pandemic behind us and aligned to a new normal, reconnecting to the world around us with a passion like never before. While many forces have fuelled this journey, none are as powerful and stirring as the spoken and written word. They inspire big brave ideas and new ways of thinking, encouraging us to step out outside the box, dream and ultimately, transform our lives for the better.

This year’s Emirates Airline Festival of Literature being held from February 3-13 at the Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City and Habtoor Palace Dubai, is all about this journey. The theme ‘Here Comes the Sun’ reflects hope and optimism, aiming to offer fresh perspectives to take us forward.

The event, will see some of the world’s leading luminaries – in business, entrepreneurship, innovation, science, arts and culture, and science – come together to engage and inspire us.

These include entrepreneur, marketing expert and author Gary Vaynerchuck (GaryVee). He has penned six best-selling business books, including Crushing It, and more recently, Twelve and a Half: Leveraging the Emotional Ingredients Necessary for Business Success.

Vaynerchuck’s tips on how to succeed promise to be inspirational, as will the experiences of Indra Nooyi, former CEO and chairman of PepsiCo and Amazon board member. Ranked among the world’s 100 most powerful women and admired for her strategic thinking and leadership, Nooyi’s talk will offer important lessons and great insights.

Robin Dunbar, the world-renowned anthropologist and evolutionary psychologist (who discovered Dunbar’s number – which states that our capacity for friendship is limited to around 150 people) is streaming into the festival virtually to discuss how important relationships, including friendships, affect our mental and physical wellbeing.

In her session How to Make The Internet Less Evil Washington-based journalist Sara Gay Forden, from Bloomberg News, will discuss how a handful of large corporations have achieved the power that they have, and what is actually being done by policymakers to rein them in.

Rowan Hooper, author of How to Spend a Trillion Dollars, will talk about different global problems we could address with just one per cent of the world’s GDP, and also if this solution offers the best return on investment for humanity.

Author, speaker, and behavioural and data scientist, Dr Pragya Agarwal, will dig deep to understand how unintentional and hidden biases affect the way we communicate and see the world, in a conversation about her book SWAY: Unravelling Unconscious Bias. This illuminating talk will highlight tact, statistics and stories to paint a full picture of the issue.

Former diplomat David Rundell will review his long career of diplomatic service in the Middle East. As a leading expert on Saudi Arabia, Rundell will discuss his book Vision or Mirage: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads, for more insights on the kingdom.

Best-selling novelists, including David Baldacci, Mark Billingham and Julia Quinn, and literary stars such as Brit Bennett and David Grossman will also grace the festival.

Children’s sessions – a popular draw – will include Ben Miller’s charming stories, Rob Biddulph’s draw along stories and Polly Dunbar’s engaging tales for the little ones.

Additionally, don’t miss a chance to have Saturday Supper with Nadiya Hussain and an Italian feast with Italy’s most famous TV Chef Alessandro Borghese. You can also enjoy Charles Dickens’ 210th birthday at Miss Havisham’s Wedding, and the signature event, Desert Stanzas, showcasing  poetry recitations from world-renowned poets –  in a desert camp with first class Emirati hospitality.

Tickets are available now from tickets.emirateslitfest.com, starting from Dhs40 for children’s sessions and Dhs65 for adult’s sessions.

Keeping safety in mind, the festival will be fully compliant with all covid-19 prevention regulations and guidelines.

For the full list of authors, visit emirateslitfest.com/authors

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