Festival Passes for Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2023

Big Names, Big Sessions, Big Savings you won’t want to miss!

Our Festival passes will ensure you get the most out of your Festival experience.

Lose yourself for a day or a weekend – immerse yourself in new ideas, challenge your perspective, unleash your imagination, and get to the heart of what makes us all human.

Enjoy exhilarating stories that connect, entertain, surprise and challenge. There are nearly 300 sessions and almost 250 incredible authors eager to share stories, ideas and lively conversations that will connect, captivate, inform, and inspire.

Festival passes are limited and available on first-come, first-served basis.

Enjoy the freedom to explore what the Festival has to offer.

Day Pass for selected publishing sessions and lunch on Friday 3 February.

Day Pass for all general sessions on Saturday 4 February

Day Pass for all general sessions on Sunday 5 February

Weekend Pass
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Weekend Pass

AED 499
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Weekend Pass for all general sessions Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February

Weekend Pass for university students for all general sessions Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February

Crystal Pass

Crystal Pass

AED 3,499
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All-access pass to all sessions from Wednesday 1 February to Monday 6 February, including exclusive invitation to the Green Room.

Terms and Conditions

  • All passes must be booked online via the Festival website.
  • Each pass is limited to one user and cannot be shared by multiple users.
  • Student passes must be verified at the box office by showing student identification.
  • Publishing Day Pass and Crystal Pass holders will need to check in at the Festival box office to collect their accompanying wristbands.
  • For children's sessions, children aged 3-12 will need to be accompanied by an adult with their own ticket. As passes grant access to all general sessions, including children's sessions, passes can be bought for each attending child, with the accompanying adult also purchasing their own pass.
  • The 15% Foundation Friends discount will not apply on the purchase of a Festival Pass. However, if you are a Foundation Friend you still get all the other Foundation Friends benefits.
  • Festival Passes cover general sessions. Special Events, Masterclasses and Workshops are not covered by the Passes (except in the case of the Publishing Pass).
  • No refunds are permitted, except in the event of the Festival being cancelled.