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Event 66 The Arab Reading Challenge

Friday 2 March, 4pm-5pm   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

The Arab Reading Challenge aims to ignite a cultural renaissance by encouraging students across the Arab World to read for pleasure and develop Arabic language skills.

Our panel of champions of literature discusses the importance of a love of reading to individuals and to society.

Abdulla Al Nuaimi is Project Manager, Mohammed bin Rashid Global Initiatives and Executive Co-ordinator of the Arab Reading Challenge.

Dubai Abulhoul is the author of Galagolia, the first Emirati fantasy novel in English. She recently wrote a series of books for children about djinn and Emirati folklore.

Latifa Alfalasi is Arabic Curriculum Development Specialist at the Ministry of Education, where she works to create an Arabic curriculum suitable to today’s world.

The panel is chaired by Safia Alshehi, an author and TV presenter who has presented many programs focusing on reading and literacy throughout her career including ‘Read for You’ and ‘Abu Dhabi Reads’.  

Language: Arabic with English translation

The Arab Reading Challenge

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Event 39 Ahmed Al Shoaibi: The Camel and the Drone

Saturday 3 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Khayma, InterContinental

Hamad and Saeed are ready for an epic race, between Hamad’s camel … and Saeed’s drone! But who will win? Emirati children’s author Ahmed Al Shoaibi is back by popular demand for more modern-day adventures blended with Emirati culture, following characters Hamad and his sister Ayesha.

Learn more about Emirati identity and values such as heroism and kindness in this fun-filled story session. Ahmed will share his tales in both Arabic and English, so the session is open to all.

Language: Arabic, English

Age Group: 9+

Ahmed Al Shoaibi: The Camel and the Drone

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Event 811 Mardi Gras Emirati Party: Story & Craft Workshop with Maitha Al Khayat

Saturday 3 March, 12pm-1.30pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Grandma Moudhi is no ordinary grandmother – she’s an Emirati fashionista! And in this new tale she gets lost on a trip to Italy … and joins a Mardi Gras party!

Maitha Al Khayat invites you to this fun workshop of readings and crafts. Wear your best Emirati national dress, or try on some clothes and masks from Maitha’s dressing up box!

The tutor: Maitha Al Khayat is one of the UAE’s most popular illustrators and authors. Her book My Own Special Way won the award for best book in the 2011 Riyadh Children’s Forum and Turn Off the Lights was named Best Picture Book at the Sharjah Publisher’s Forum.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: Arabic, English

Age Group: 6-10

Mardi Gras Emirati Party: Story & Craft Workshop with Maitha Al Khayat

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Event 42 Digital Diplomacy: Omar Saif Ghobash & Thomas Fletcher

Saturday 3 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

In a world where heads of state can share every idle thought with the world at the push of a button, what’s a diplomat to do?

Two inspiring young diplomats who came of age in the digital era speak frankly about the state of international relations and how to make sure that technology is used responsibly by those with power.

Thomas Fletcher served as British Ambassador to Lebanon from 2011-2015 and is currently Visiting Professor of International Relations at NYUAD. He is the author of The Naked Diplomat: Understanding Power and Politics in the Digital Age.

Omar Saif Ghobash is the UAE’s Ambassador to France and a leading thinker on moderate Islam and the future of the Arab World. His book Letters to a Young Muslim was published in 2017 to international acclaim.

This panel is moderated by Julia Wheeler.

Language: English with Arabic translation. 
Sign language interpretation is available in this session

Digital Diplomacy: Omar Saif Ghobash & Thomas Fletcher

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Event 53 Dinos in the Desert: Maitha Al Khayat & Elissa Elwick

Saturday 3 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Did you hear about the dinosaur who got the hump?

Author–lllustrators Maitha Al Khayat and Elissa Elwick bring two unlikely friends together for the first time: a dinosaur and a camel!

Get ready for a desert adventure like you’ve never seen before. In this story jam, Maitha and Elissa will create a brand new story with your help and then live-draw the tale!

Did camel and dino meet at the mall? Does dino feel icky about sand between his toes? Come and help to create the characters and tell the tale.

Language: English

Age Group: 4+

Dinos in the Desert: Maitha Al Khayat & Elissa Elwick

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Event 61 Emirati Historical Fiction: Nadia Al Najjar, Mohammed Al Hebsi, Salha Obaid

Saturday 3 March, 4pm-5pm   Al Khayma, InterContinental

A vivid setting is vital in bringing the past alive. Our panel of Emirati writers discusses how they have drawn on the rich environment of the UAE’s mountains, desert and coastal regions to capture the unique history of the country.

Mohammed Al Hebsi is a poet and novelist who won the Emirates Prize for Fiction for his novel The Devil’s Cottage, the story of a widower’s loyalty to his late wife, set in the mountains of the UAE.

Nadia Al Najjar’s latest novel focuses on a real disaster in Dubai: the burning and sinking of the Dara ship in 1961, one of the worst drowning disasters of the time.

Salha Obaid is an Emirati author of short stories, with four collections published so far. She launches her first historical fiction novel in this session.

This panel is moderated by Ibrahim Khadim.

Language: Arabic

Emirati Historical Fiction: Nadia Al Najjar, Mohammed Al Hebsi, Salha Obaid

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Event 14 I Shall Be What I Want: Hawaa Mohamed Ahli & Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri

Saturday 3 March, 6pm-7pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Hawaa Mohamed Ahli is a wife, a mother and a model employee of the Dubai General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs. A speech disorder and hearing impairment have not held her back from excelling in her field, and her successes have seen her included in I Shall Be What I Want, a series of books on prominent Emiratis who have broken taboos on disability by becoming leaders in their fields.

Hawaa will be joined by HE Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai. In conversation with Salha Obaid, they will discuss the I Shall Be What I Want project and its focus on People of Determination.

Language: Arabic with English translation
Sign language interpretation is available in this session

I Shall Be What I Want: Hawaa Mohamed Ahli & Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri

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Event 62 Zaki Nusseibeh: Memories of Zayed

Saturday 3 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

The year 2018 has been proclaimed the ‘Year of Zayed’ to mark 100 years since the birth of the country’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

In this special session, Sheikh Zayed’s former interpreter and advisor Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh - recently appointed Minister of State - speaks about Zayed’s legacy and his continuing importance to the UAE and its people.

This is a chance to learn more about one of the defining figures of recent Middle Eastern history, from one of his closest friends and advisors.

Language: English with Arabic translation
Sign language interpretation is available in this session

Zaki Nusseibeh: Memories of Zayed

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Event 144 For the Love of Words at Dubai Opera

Tuesday 6 March, 8pm-10pm   Dubai Opera, Dubai Opera

Prepare to be awed by the spoken word as the finest contemporary poets from the UAE and UK unite on stage at Dubai Opera in this celebration of the power of poetry to bring people together across cultures.

Presented by The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Dubai Opera, the Ministry of Tolerance, and The British Council, with the support of the UK GREAT campaign, ‘For the Love of Words’ aims to explore the possibilities presented by cultural exchange between the two countries.

The event, which will form part of the UK/UAE 2017 Year of Creative Collaboration closing celebrations, will include the following all-star line-up:

John Agard, Khalid AlBudoor, Nujoom Nasser Alghanem, Simon Armitage, Afra Atiq, Harry Baker, Imtiaz Dharker, Carol Ann Duffy, Roger McGough, Grace Nichols, Lemn Sissay, Hussain Lootah

Tickets for this session are sold through Dubai Opera’s website, starting at AED75. Click here to buy tickets.

For group bookings of 11 or more tickets, please contact the Dubai Opera box office by emailing boxoffice@dubaiopera.com

Language: English, Arabic

For the Love of Words at Dubai Opera

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Event 83 Poetry of the Gulf: A Celebration

Thursday 8 March, 8pm-9pm   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

In an exciting showcase of poetry of the Arabian Gulf, celebrated poets from Bahrain, Kuwait and the UAE come together for a one-time performance – showing why the spoken word holds such a central place in Khaleeji culture.

Mohammed Al Mubarak is a Bahraini poet and a Former Member of Board of Directors of the Association of Nabati Poetry. He represented Bahrain in the third season of Million’s Poet.

Khamis Matar Alketbi is an Emirati poet honoured by HH Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Nahyan in 2017 as “best young poet in his generation.”

Maryam Mahyoh is an Emirati poet whose accomplishments include performing in the National Day celebrations in Zayed Military City, and winning first place in the poetry competition of the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Cultural Understanding.

Khaled Al Mwayhan is a Kuwaiti poet, Director of Poetry Media Center and an organiser of poetry festivals throughout the region.

Hosted by Fahad Al Mamari.

Language: Arabic

Poetry of the Gulf: A Celebration

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Event 47 Ibrahim Khadim: The Teachings of Love

Friday 9 March, 6pm-7pm   Al Khayma, InterContinental

In The Teachings of Love, debut Emirati author Ibrahim Khadim outlines 28 principles for living in love, peace and happiness.

In this session he will explore three ways love can improve the world: as a source of peace and compassion, as a source of health and self-respect, and as a source of meaning and gratitude. He will then discuss with the audience their needs and challenges.

Ibrahim’s sincere message is universal – come and learn from a new author on a mission to inspire.

Ibrahim will be in conversation with Salha Obaid.

Language: Arabic

Ibrahim Khadim: The Teachings of Love

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Event 98 Arab Sci-Fi Strikes Back: Noura Al Noman, Ahmed Saadawi, SF Said

Friday 9 March, 6pm-7pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

The earliest roots of science fiction can be found in the Arab World, most famously in several stories from the Arabian Nights, where robots and time travel mix with other sci-fi staples. Now, a new generation of writers is exploring the fantastic and terrifying potential of the genre.

Noura Al Noman is a pioneer in a new generation of Arab science fiction authors; her young adult Ajwan trilogy has brought her international fame.

Ahmed Saadawi is the author of the IPAF-winning Frankenstein in Baghdad, a profound and devastating update of Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking novel set in American-occupied Baghdad.

SF Said is the author of the award-winning Varjak Paw series and epic science fiction adventure Phoenix; he has also written extensively on children’s literature and the powerful effects of reading fiction.

This panel is moderated by Ibrahim Ustadi.

Language: Arabic & English with translation

Arab Sci-Fi Strikes Back: Noura Al Noman, Ahmed Saadawi, SF Said

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Event 849 Fanteer the Fluffy Flamingo: Story & Craft Workshop with Noura Al Khoori

Saturday 10 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Fanteer the Fluffy Flamingo is Noura Al Khoori’s story of a little flamingo who gets lost on an island after playing hide and seek with his friend the crab. Will he ever find his parents? Or will they find him? This workshop features a reading and talk from Noura followed by a chance to make your own pink flamingo to take home.

The tutor: Noura Al Khoori is an up-and-coming Emirati author of children’s books, including Fanteer the Fluffy Flamingo, Golden Dates, and The Tender Hands, a moving story about life as a refugee.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 4-8

Fanteer the Fluffy Flamingo: Story & Craft Workshop with Noura Al Khoori

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