Taking place at the InterContinental Hotel in Dubai Festival City between March 4-8, the diverse list of guests has been drawn from 24 different countries, but Britain is especially well represented with 49 speakers.
Amongst them is popular poet Pam Ayres, bestselling Chocolat author Joanne Harris, thriller writer Simon Kernick, and The Horse Whisperer scriptwriter Nicholas Evans.
Meanwhile budding writers can hear from author Rachel Hore, who also serves as a creative writing tutor at the influential University of East Anglia in Norwich.
The world of journalism is represented by Sunday Times US editor Christina Lamb, Guardian technology editor Charles Arthur and John McCarthy, a journalist who spent five years held hostage in Lebanon.
And from the broadcast world comes a return visit from veteran war reporter Kate Adie, BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen and celebrated cricket commentator Henry Blofield.
Away from the UK, leading talks will be American sci-fi author Justin Cronin, German ‘slam poet’ and rock singer Frank Klötgen, and the most-read French writer ever, Marc Levy.
Meanwhile the region will be represented by a strong Arabic-language programme which features Mohammed Achaari, Saud Alsanaousi, Maitha Al Khayat, Alia Mamdouh, and Ibrahim Nasrallah, and includes a total of 40 Emirati speakers alone.
Since founding in 2008 the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature has grown into one of the region’s biggest events, and was rewarded with a Best Festival award at the Middle East Events Awards last year. It is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.