New #DubaiLitFest Session Reflections on Positivity and Happiness

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Reflections on Happiness and Positivity is the latest book by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai. Published during the ninth Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, the book and its themes will be in discussion on March 10 at 4:30pm as part of the Festival’s Happiness focus.

Leading the panel discussion will be Her Excellency Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness, who will be joined by a number of esteemed panellists, including Dr Khalifa Al Suwaidi, Assistant professor at the UAE University, Kuwaiti author Mohammed Al Nughaimish and media personality Fahed Haikal.

Isobel Abulhoul, OBE, CEO and Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation and Director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature said of the book: ‘What could be more fitting in the UAE Month of Reading than HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s latest book Reflections on Positivity and Happiness being published. It is no surprise that the first edition has already sold out, and is being reprinted.

‘As the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature has both Happiness and Tolerance Strands woven into the fabric of this year’s programme, we are delighted to announce that the English version of HH Sheikh Mohammed’s book will be launched at the Festival this Friday and that Her Excellency, the UAE Minister of Happiness, Ohoud Al Roumi, will be one of the esteemed panellists who will be discussing the book and its themes.’

The book sets out Sheikh Mohammed’s philosophy of positivity in 24 chapters of advice, written to be accessible to children and adults alike. It also sets a challenge to the Arab world: to take on a new, optimistic perspective in finding solutions to regional and global problems.

The session is open to all for free. As seats are limited, register for a place at

The Festival continues till 11 March with more sessions, panels and workshops for all age groups.

Ticket prices start at AED 40 and many children’s events and activities are available free of charge. Tickets can be purchased on the Festival website ( or via the ELF Dubai app, available on the iOS and Google Play app stores and at Magrudy’s outlets around the UAE. Become a Foundation Friend and enjoy benefits throughout the year, including priority booking on Festival tickets, as well as exclusive discounts at selected Emirates Literature Foundation events and workshops and retail outlets in the UAE.

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