We may be a couple of days into March, but it’s not too late to start…

Want to get into the habit of reading? This is the month to do it as March marks the  Month of Reading in the UAE. From book sales to meeting authors, workshops and more, here are some ways to fuel your desire to read.

Abu Dhabi

Read with DCT Abu Dhabi

Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), is organising more than 100 literary activities to promote reading as a lifestyle. There will be a number of events, interactive workshops, educational programmes, seminars, reading workshops, and competitions, targeting children, students, teenagers, academics, the elderly, and People of Determination. The events will be held across DCT Abu Dhabi’s library branches.


Walk home with a free book at Umm Al Emarat Park

On Friday, March 10 and 11, head to Umm Al Emarat Park to the book corner at Park Market where you can get an insightful book for free. Additionally, there will be Arabic-calligraphy workshops and many other family-friendly reading and entraining activities.


Visit a public library and attend literary sessions

Umm suqeim Library

Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) has announced a series of educational activities and reading sessions in all Dubai Public Library branches to help promote the arts and literature. You can attend workshops, lectures and reading sessions led by authors and poets.

The activities will be held in all Dubai Public Library branches, namely Al Safa Art and Design, Umm Suqeim, Al Twar, Al Mankhool, Al Rashidiya, Hor Al Anz, and Hatta Public.

Shop for books at a book fair

Big bad wolf Dubai

Dubai Culture is organizing a discounted book fair at Al Safa Art & Design Library from March 8 to 15. You will be able to purchase books for as low as Dhs3, Dhs5 or Dhs10.

All of the proceeds will be donated to one of the charitable entities in the country as a community contribution.


Learn to love reading as much as the Emirates Literature Foundation

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature may be over, but our friends at the Emirates Literature Foundation are still hard at work to promote the habit of reading.  The foundation was established over 10 years ago and to celebrate, they are hosting a programme of literary activities for a range of audiences.

From March 9, little ones will be able to join UAE astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi on his ground-breaking journey aboard the International Space Station. The sessions begin on March 9 and will run for 20 weeks and students will be able to hear from authors, other astronauts and more.

Students will also be able to listen to the virtual student edition of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature via the website. It’s available only until April 30.

You can also head back to whatson.ae where the ELF team shares with What’s On suggestions on some brilliant reading material.

For more information, visit elfdubai.org