Annual Battle of the Books Comes to Decisive End

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Dubai, 10 March, 2017: Avid readers battled it out at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature to be crowned reading champions. The Chevron Readers’ Cup wrapped up a successful sixth edition after the fiercely contested preliminary rounds saw more than 2000 students from schools around the GCC participating, before 16 teams reached the finals.

Held in Arabic and English, the competition is divided in two age groups – Primary and Secondary. Teams compete by answering questions from a syllabus of books by Festival authors. The winners received trophies and certificates.

After six years sponsoring the competition, the Chevron team, who are annually involved in delivering the competition, have come to look forward to the event. Christopher Bradley, Chevron’s Country Chairman for UAE, said: ‘The excitement this competition generates is fantastic. The students display an incredible enthusiasm for reading, which is precisely how we want to celebrate the UAE’s Month of Reading. An integral part of our company’s aims is to support education in communities where we operate, which also meets the Festival’s aim of encouraging a love of literature here in the UAE and this competition plays a huge part in achieving that goal. We wish all the winners the best and hope they continue on their reading journeys.’

The winners in the English Primary category were:

First: Deira International School – Beyond Books Team

Second: Deira International School – Dare to Dream Team

Third: GEMS Our Own English High School Al Warqa – The Readastic Readers

       Pristine Private School – Pristine Rowlings Team

In the Secondary category, the winners were:

First: St. Mary’s Catholic School – Jam & T Team

Second: GEMS New Millennium School – Team Olympus

  GEMS Our Own English High School – Chronic Bookaholics Team

Third: GEMS Our Own English High School – Novel Team

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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