Dubai is famous for its shopping, decadent food, wonderful beaches, and hospitality. What you don’t know is the Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is a writer and poet, has ensured an enthusiastic literary layer to Dubai. Below are 6 stops every book lover should make in Dubai.
1. Kinokuniya – The famous Japanese retailer
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This Japanese-based retailer is known for its manga, stationery, Asian books, comics, action figures etc. Kinokuniya Dubai is one of the largest bookstores in Dubai and with a huge variety of books to satisfy every reader’s needs. A must visit for manga lovers.
2. Emirates Literature Festival
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An annual international literature festival, that features more than 250 sessions and unique workshops, masterclasses, panels discussions, and poetry reading. The 2017 Festival welcomed more than 180 writers, thinkers, and speakers from 30 countries. Chris Hadfield, Jeffery Archer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and various renowned writers have been part of this week long festival. The 2018 Festival will be held from March 2-10, 2018. For more information click here.
3. Book Much Cafe
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Book Munch is Dubai’s first literary cafe designed for the community. It hosts hand-picked titles of a myriad of genres that cater to all ages. The cafe holds regular events, book clubs, book signings, readings etc. For avid readers, this is the perfect setting to meet local book lovers and gorge on the sumptuous Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea.
4. Dubai international Writer’s Centre (DIWC)
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Is a part of the Emirates Literature Foundation and an associate organization of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. The DIWC is focused on year round writing and literary events. Located in the Al Shindaga Historical Neighborhood, DIWC holds monthly readings in Arabic and English. It brings together multicultural and multinational communities living in the region
5. House of Prose
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A quaint and cozy bookstore, Hous of Prose, is the largest second-hand bookstore in the UAE. The familiar waft off used books and the weighty presence of many untold stories of its reader makes this one the most idiosyncratic bookstores in the region. The store offers a 50% refund on returned books along with buying and selling used books. For more information please visit their facebook page.
6. The Rulers books
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is the vice president and prime minister of UAE, and Ruler of Dubai. He is also an established writer and a celebrated poet. His latest book – Reflections on Happiness & Positivity, shows off his excellent discernment while being aware of how happiness and positive thinking can lead to a successful and healthy nation. The book provides a great insight into the leaders thought process and vision, along with excerpts from his life and works. A must pick if you are transiting or visiting Dubai. List of publications