More than 1,000 poets will be in Dubai for thie first ever Dubai International Poetry Festival.  Pictured here are the organizers of the conference.  From Gulf News’s XPRESS: “We’re giving a chance to every flow of poetry. There’s not color that we’re excluding,” [conference organizer] Shaali said.  “We haven’t dictated any conditions to the poets. Their selection was done with independent international and regional consultants.”

“Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum ordered the launch of the Dubai International Poetry Festival in July 2008 under the theme, A Thousand Poets – One Language, to entice world renowned poets to come to Dubai and contribute towards creating a lively platform for humanitarian and intellectual correspondence using poetry as a common language.”



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