Award-winning writers coming to Dubai for Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Updated 13 November 2019

Award-winning writers coming to Dubai for Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

  • The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is back, and it’s bigger than ever
  • The literature event will bring together an array of celebrated names in the literature world under one roof

DUBAI: The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is back, and it’s bigger than ever. Kicking off on Feb. 4 until 9 at the InterContinental, Dubai Festival City, the annual event has an exciting program lined up for the region’s bookworms.

The festival will bring together an array of celebrated names in the literature world under one roof, including TV presenter, cook and bestselling author Nadiya Hussain, explorer Ranulph Fiennes, visual artist and children’s book author, Oliver Jeffers and TV astronomer and space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock. What’s more, the UAE’s first Emirati astronaut Hazzaa AlMansouri will also make an appearance.

Ahlam Bolooki, the festival director for the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature said in an official press statement: “With the stellar line-up for the 2020 Festival, there is no better place to search for the answers, whatever your question may be. We have writers to entertain, inspire, challenge and excite people from all walks of life and of all ages.”

Tickets will be on sale to the public from Nov. 14.


New show ‘Ahlan Simsim’ set to introduce kids to two new Arab muppets

Each episode of “Ahlan Simsim” will follow Basma and Jad as they explore their world alongside adults. (Supplied)
Updated 22 January 2020

New show ‘Ahlan Simsim’ set to introduce kids to two new Arab muppets

DUBAI: The creators of children’s show “Iftah Ya Simsim,” the Arab world’s answer to “Sesame Street,” are set to release a new kid’s TV show “Ahlan Simsim,” which will premiere on Feb. 2 on MBC3, YouTube and local broadcast channels across the Middle East.

Designed for children aged 3-8, “Ahlan Simsim” features familiar Muppet friends Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Grover, as well as two new characters.

Basma, an almost-six-year-old purple Muppet, is a born performer who has a special ability to create music and sound effects, which comes in handy when she can’t quite express herself in words. She will be joined by a yellow muppet named Jad, who recently arrived in the neighborhood and is an art afficionado.

Each episode of “Ahlan Simsim” will follow Basma and Jad as they explore their world alongside adults, and animated characters, and friends like a mischievous baby goat named Ma’zooza, who eats everything in sight.