Five Genres You Cannot Miss at #DubaiLitFest

Once again, ARTE has the privilege to work with the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature to present ARTE, The Makers Market at EAFOL. Visit our wonderful creatives as they display their hand made products on Friday 3rd March and Saturday 11th March  at the InterContinetal Hotel and Conference Center in Festival City.

And don’t forget, there is something for everyone at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Whether you are a cooking fanatic, love thrillers or are looking for a motivational biography, this year’s Festival has you covered.

We have listed the top five genres that you should definitely check out at the Festival!

Food & Nutrition

Pimp My Rice by Nisha Katona

Nisha Katona was the first female Indian barrister in the North West region of the UK before she decided to follow her passion for food and cooking. She founded Mowgli Street Food in Liverpool, which brings authentic Indian food to a British audience.

As a second-generation Indian, Katona knows how to marry different cuisines together to create mouth-watering dishes. Her debut book, Pimp My Rice put the Indian staple rice front and centre. Once you read her recipes for Pimped Rice Piri Piri, Beefed-Up Bibimbap, Black Rice and Coconut Sorbet, to name a few, you will find yourself reaching for that bag of basmati.

Fellow foodie authors include Great British Bake-Off winner Nadiya Hussain, Sabrina Ghayour, Chef B himself, Bader Najeeb Al Awadhi, Justine Kanter and Nawal Alnuaimi.

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Crime & Thriller

Raakshas: India’s No. 1 Serial Killer by Piyush Jha

If you like thrillers, Raakshas: India’s No. 1 Serial Killer is a great dramatic read that will have you on the edge of your seat. The story follows Additional Commissioner of Mumbai Police Maithili Prasad on her manhunt for a serial killer. No sooner has Maithili come to grips with the killer’s motives that he makes her the object of his revenge.

Piyush Jha is an acclaimed film director and author. His novels are usually inspired by the streets of Mumbai,.

Our Crime & Thriller strand is packed this year. We have Bones writer and producer Kathy Reichs, true-crime writer Liz Porter, James Naughtie, Lord Jeffrey Archer, Martin Edwards, Vaseem Khan, Raymond Khoury, Bernard Minier, Eric Van Lustbader, Parker Bilal, and the return of the Murder Mystery Dinner!

For more Crime & Thriller sessions, visit our website –

Young Adult

Hell and High Water by Tanya Landman

Award-winning British writer Tanya Landman is the author of more than thirty books for children and young adults. Her latest, Hell and High Water, is a ‘heart-stopping story of race, class, family and corruption’.

In Southern England, Caleb’s father is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Caleb is sent to live with his aunt where he finds himself the victim of racial discrimination. When it seems things can’t get any worse, Caleb finds his father washed up on shore…

Landman will be joined by a host of award-winning young adult writers including Tamsyn Murray, Ms Marvel creator Sana Amanat, Rachel Hamilton, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Hooda Al Shawa Al Qaddumi, Philip Reeve, Frances Hardinge and Amanda Calderon.

For more Young Adult sessions, visit our website –

We also have exciting workshops for children and young adults –

Biography & Memoir

Dare to Do by Sarah Outen

Sarah Outen set off in her kayak from Tower Bridge in France in 2011. She circled the globe by cycling, kayaking and rowing across Europe, Asia, the Pacific, North America and the Atlantic. After being caught in the midst of a tropical storm, Outen managed to push through to finish what she had started and became the first woman to row solo from Japan to Alaska, as well as the first woman to row the mid-Pacific from West to East.

Outen is joined by fellow adventurer Abdullah Al Jumah, Elon Musk biographer, Ashlee Vance, John Hemingway, grandson of Ernest Hemingway, Leila Aboulela, Jon Ronson, Christina Lamb and the inspirational young Nujeen Mustafa, whose biography Lamb wrote, Frank Gardner, Alan Titchmarsh, HE Omar Saif Ghobash, perfumer Jo Malone, Ram Buxani, Andy Miller and many more.

For more Biography & Memoir sessions, visit our website –


The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan

Peter Frankopan is Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford, and Director for the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University.

His critically-acclaimed book examines how the Silk Roads brought the East and West together, encouraging trade and leading to the spread of cultures and religions. In an increasingly globalized planet, his book has been described as ‘very much a work of our times’. The Silk Roads has received huge critical acclaim and is a number one Sunday Times Bestseller.

At the Festival, we look at global history with JE Peterson, HE Adnan Pachachi, Bettany Hughes, Kanishk Tharoor, Simon Garfield, Frauke Heard-Bey and David Heard.

For more History sessions, visit our website –

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will be held from March 3-11 at the InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City.

For more information and to buy tickets, head to and download the Emirates Literature Foundation app, now on Google Play and iOS App store.

The journey begins here…


ARTE’s Vintage Artists

ARTE would like you to meet their vintage artists: Hmakesbags by Heather, Audrey’s Cat by Lynda , Lunetiervintagedxb by Zarina. Check them out at Times Square from 10am – 6pm Friday, Feb. 24!

Audrey’s Cat sells Original Vintage Jewellery and Accessories.

Every item is unique and has its own story to tell. It is my passion to inspire new owners to love, cherish and to take it on its next journey.

I am personally driven by my passion of Vintage. I have been carefully hand selecting and collecting investment pieces for over 40 years from all over the globe. In my current collection, I have many iconic styles and designs from past decades that will never date.

Owning a piece of Vintage is a way of revealing your individual style.  The more you enjoy your piece of vintage, the greater your pleasure will be dis​​playing it to the world. Vintage pieces are all one-off pieces which will last beyond our own lives and can be worn with your contemporary wardrobe to give you that unique individual style.

Audrey’s Cat has carefully selected costume jewels, antique gold and precious stones, bags, hats, scarves, scarf clips, cufflinks and other accessories dating back to the by gone eras of Georgian, Victorian, Art Deco, c1930’s, c1940’s, c1950’s, c1960’s , c1970’s, c1980’s  & 1990’s. 

Hmakesbags by Heather

Hmakesbags creates unique handmade fabric handbags. Every bag is one of a kind, many using vintage fabric. Heather’s designs take inspiration from vintage styles throughout history.

Many of her bags are made from upcycled  fabrics. She recycles  jeans, old clothes, curtains  and duvet covers. Heather loves the idea that reusing and upcycling is her small effort to Save the Planet one bag at a time.

Heather can also custom make bags using any available fabric. Do you have a favourite dress or old shirt that you hate to part with? Why not get Heather to make a bag out of it? Do you have an item of clothing from a dear departed loved one? Heather can custom make you a Remembrance Bag.

Heather’s creative process is ever changing and although she might start to make a bag with one idea, it could end up much differently as there is an organic flow to each item. This also means that her bags are always changing and this keeps her work unique. So dare to be different. Why follow the crowd, be yourself and let your personality shine through with one of  Heather’s handmade vintage fabric bags.


Lunetier Vintage dxb run by Zarina

The exclusive vintage sunglasses business .. Lunettes Vintage of Portobello is now in Dubai .. and at ARTE!

In a city that demands the exclusive, the quality, the individualism .. where the sun shines every day .. who wouldn’t want Mint Condition, Never Worn, Vintage, Original Sunglasses .. that can make a big statement and give that touch of truly unique style that Dubai is all about.

This is the most secretive and select corner of the Fashion Industry .. sourcing New Old Stock from Opticians and Boutiques around the World! Zarina carries vintage Stock from the 70, 80s and 90s. In the past,  the fashion houses and designers, all had individual designs, production and innovation which set the template for Timeless Quality & Style. So Timeless that those in the know can look at all the Modern Collections and see exactly where the Inspiration/Blue Print came from!!

The current Dubai Collection ranges from Vintage Cartier, Cazal, Christian Dior, Carrera, Gerald Genta, DuPont, Ultra, Versace .. the list goes on and on. These vintage glasses need to be seen to be appreciated!

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Top Ten Gifts for Valentine’s Day from ARTE

Show your love with a one-of-a-kind hand crafted gift.


February is the month of LOVE and Cupids. Valentine’s Day has become a commercialised event with malls and shops churning out the same old same old. This year you have the chance to dazzle your loved one with the most original and unique gifts, limited numbers, hand crafted by the best artists, jewelry designers and more from the UAE. ARTE has been running art and craft markets since 2005 and shows the creme de la creme Artisans of the Emirates to inspire you for Valentine’s day.
Create a romantic evening.
 Shea Body Butter and Bath Salts using the best quality raw organic cold pressed oils and organic essential oils from with Raw Sensation Body Butter.
A woman can never have too much jewelry.
Designer Jewelry by Hayet Zerelli Jewelry- Timeless pieces that travel through cultures, continents and generations.
 The Ladies will love a one-of-a-kind, designer handbag or journal.


Upsdesign – Upusana Kapoor is an abstract artist from Dubai that creates handmade jute bags, journals and more.

Bring your other half and select a painting together to celebrate your love.

ART by Jocelyn  – Jocelyn Lewisham is a Dubai based New Zealand Artist. Much of her work is inspired by her new homeland and is dominated by local and Arabian themes.

Hand lettered  and personilised mugs.

The perfect gift, with a hand lettered message, to make your loved one remember how special they are,  while sipping their morning cup of coffee or tea. Pop in and Handlettered by Lama will personilise your card, mug or journal.

For the Décor Lover we have these beautiful hand created pillows with unique designs.

Pictoresca design – Exclusive hand-made designs tailored to your personal taste and imagination. Custom made items, stunning gifts and décor pieces for you and those that you love. Cushions, hand-painted mugs, makeup cases and more.

Lilly’s Art & Decoration – From handmade original paintings to crafted & customized home accessories surely you will find your needs, all this comes with an Oriental Twist.

Something sweet…

Jo Baked –  Homemade sweet treats from gourmet and decorated cookies to cupcakes and simply decorated cakes using fresh ingredients and containing no preservatives.

Kikki’s Bake – Tempt your taste buds with home quality handmade cakes, muffins, cupcakes, cake pops and more straight-from-the-oven

Capture her dreams with a Dream catcher.

Arlene’s Dreamcatchers – Entirely handmade, all original designs using quality materials.

Words of Love or a special personalised card will melt their hearts…

Zebratini – Sacred geometry inspired designs reflected in greetings cards. Colourful, abstract paintings and prints.

Gingersnap – made to order frames and letters. Personalised gifts for all occasions.

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