Friday - - Valentine’s -

Ev­ery March, the (lit­er­ary) geeks in­herit Dubai when the Emi­rates Air­line Fes­ti­val of Lit­er­a­ture un­leashes a new chap­ter. The fun be­gins early this year on February 15 with the Emi­rates Lit­er­a­ture Foun­da­tion’s Book Lovers’ Quiz Night at the World Trade Club, DWTC. We hope you’re con­ver­sant with your Jane Austen hero­ines and Lord of the Rings trivia be­cause the clever­est team of bib­lio­philes (with a max­i­mum of six peo­ple) wins tick­ets to the Au­thor Farewell Din­ner at the fes­ti­val on March 11. Doors open at 7pm, and it’s Dh160 per per­son in­clud­ing a buf­fet din­ner (go to elf­dubai.org).

The cur­tain has raised on the fifth edi­tion of Short+Sweet Dubai, part of the world’s big­gest 10-minute play fes­ti­val and the largest the­atre fes­ti­val in the GCC, at The Junc­tion Al Serkal Av­enue. Its 70 plays are a great op­tion for those short on pa­tience but big on the­atre. Writ­ten, cre­ated, di­rected and en­acted by home­grown tal­ent, each night fea­tures 10 plays, the best of which make it to the fi­nale on March 10 at Mad­i­nat Jumeirah. High­lights for this week­end in­clude Ro­sine Saad’s Lein Meta and Dubai-based Ir­ish the­atre group Danu Dubai’s The Land­lady. Tick­ets are avail­able from Dh100 at tixbox.com

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