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Virtual Insanity: Is Technology Changing Who We Are?

Event 15 Friday 3 March, 3pm-4pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

“Ethics change with technology.” – Larry Niven

Technological progress has had an enormous impact on our physical lives, but what is it doing to our minds? This is an area prone to sensationalist reporting, which can obscure real issues about what our relationship with technology reveals about us as individuals and societies.

Sarah Amiri is the Lead Science Investigator of the Emirates Mars Mission and, through her work with UAE universities and international institutions, is a key player in the UAE’s mission to build a knowledge-based society.

Jon Ronson is the author of So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, an examination of how the age-old art of shaming has gained global reach thanks to social media.

Keith Stuart has written about video games for 20 years, and has thus been witness to both the growth of a new culture and the emergence of some extreme culture wars.

Ashlee Vance, reporting from Silicon Valley, has made a career of getting inside the heads of people pursuing technological breakthroughs, from infrastructure to artificial intelligence to space travel.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Virtual Insanity: Is Technology Changing Who We Are?

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KAPOW! Comics and Animation: Culture Strikes Back!

Event 166 Friday 3 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

“When Freej by Mohammed Saeed Harib came out, it kind of broke a lot of rules.” – Khaled bin Hamad

Can comics and animation embrace tradition while still breaking new ground and achieving popular success? Our three panellists discuss the new dawn of culture.

Sana Amanat’s experiences as a Muslim growing up in New Jersey shaped Marvel Comics’ new character Kamala Khan, and changes in American culture are being reflected in America’s superhero comics.

Khaled bin Hamad and Mohammed Saeed Harib are responding to Dubai’s sudden metamorphosis from quiet trading town to global megacity. Harib’s animated series Freej depicts the generation of women who witnessed this change and its effect on their traditional neighbourhood; while bin Hamad’s graphic novel Nasser’s Secrets and his forthcoming anime Empire of N examine the science-fictional nature of the new UAE – and are influenced by the years he spent studying in Japan.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

KAPOW! Comics and Animation: Culture Strikes Back!

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Alan Titchmarsh Meets the Desert Gardeners

Event 31 Saturday 4 March, 10am-11am Al Ras 1, InterContinental

How easy is it to have a beautiful garden using only plants that can survive the harsh desert climate? Alan Titchmarsh, Britain’s best-loved TV gardener, will meet with Dubai’s gardening gurus and share their green secrets in this special session.

Laura Allais-Maré is the founder of the Slow Food convivium in Dubai and the Balcony and Urban Gardening group of the Middle East. She follows the Natural Farming Principles of Masanobu Fukuoka in projects including the urban rooftop garden at the Time Oak Hotel in Barsha Heights.

Kamelia Zaal is the first Arab landscape designer to participate in the Chelsea Flower Show, where she won a silver gilt medal for her garden “The Beauty of Islam”. Her projects include Al Barari, the UAE’s most distinguished, luxurious and sustainable green residential development.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Alan Titchmarsh Meets the Desert Gardeners

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Virtual Reality: The New Frontier of Storytelling

Event 36 Saturday 4 March, 10am-11am Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

“We need to create experiences that elevate this technology beyond a geeky gimmick into the incredible medium it has the potential to be.” – Anthony Geffen

Anthony Geffen is a world-leading innovator in documentary filmmaking, and right now he and his company, Atlantic Productions, are working on a long-promised technology that is finally coming into its own: virtual reality. But as far as Geffen is concerned, new technology is above all a new way to tell stories.

Fast-track into the future through this virtual vision of storytelling and find out about the sort of immersive stories we can look forward to!

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Virtual Reality: The New Frontier of Storytelling

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Journey to the Stars: Space Colonisation in Fact and Fiction

Event 41 Saturday 4 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

“What I really want to try to achieve here is to make Mars seem possible – like it’s something we can achieve in our lifetimes.” – Elon Musk

Science fiction has presented many different visions of space colonisation, from survival stories to galaxy spanning empires. Our panel will discuss these fictional depictions and take a look at how close reality is to realising our imaginings.

Lucy Hawking is author of the George Greenby series, books that make science fun, accessible and inspiring for younger readers.

Peter F Hamilton is the author of the Commonwealth series, which features a galactic civilisation that enjoys interstellar travel, immortality and advanced cybernetics.

Ashlee Vance reports on technology and business developments and is the biographer of Elon Musk, a pioneering figure in real-life space travel.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Journey to the Stars: Space Colonisation in Fact and Fiction

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Truly Criminal: The Inspiration Behind Cases

Event 144 Saturday 4 March, 3pm-4pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

If you have ever wondered where crime writers get their ideas, this session, moderated by Liz Porter, author of Cold Case Files, will tell you all you need to know about the facts and fictions that go into a well-crafted crime novel.

Martin Edwards is the author of the Lake District series as well as The Golden Age of Murder, a groundbreaking study of classic detective stories.

Vaseem Khan is the author of the quirky Baby Ganesh series and manages research projects at the UCL Department of Security and Crime Science.

Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist whose specialist knowledge inspired her to write the Temperance Brennan series and produce the TV series Bones.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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Nujeen’s Incredible Journey

Event 50 Saturday 4 March, 5pm-6pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

'You should fight to get what you want in this world.'' – Nujeen Mustafa

When Nujeen Mustafa’s hometown was caught up in the vicious Syrian civil war, she was forced to flee to Europe. Despite being confined to a wheelchair by cerebral palsy, she endured a gruelling 16-month odyssey with her sister by foot, bus and boat. Nujeen held onto her now-famous optimism and uses her self-taught English to speak up for refugees.

Her story is told in Nujeen: One Girl's Incredible Journey from War-Torn Syria in a Wheelchair, co-authored by Christina Lamb, who joins Nujeen on stage for this moving discussion.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Nujeen’s Incredible Journey

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Wanderlust: Beyond the Comfort Zone

Event 169 Saturday 4 March, 3pm-4pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

“The mental liberation we experience while travelling is advantageous not only in exploring unseen lands, but also as a means of exploring ourselves.” – Abdullah Al Jumah

We are fortunate to live in a world where people of many different backgrounds can travel the world – a potent way of undermining stereotypes and inspiring tolerance of other ways of living. Our panel of travel writers discusses their life-changing experiences and discoveries.

Saeed AlBadi is an Emirati former war correspondent who has since turned his hand to preserving UAE heritage. His travel to foreign countries inspired his books Women and Cities (winner of the Emirates Novel Award) and The Cursed City.

Abdullah Al Jumah is a Saudi lecturer in law and legal counsel whose journeys led to the bestselling Tales of a Saudi in Europe and a new book on travel in Latin America; he is also the presenter of Rahalla, the first flashpacking show in Arabic.

Zora O'Neill is an American food and travel writer and aspiring Arabist – her quest to improve her Arabic skills by living in several different Arab countries forms the basis of her book All Strangers are Kin.

Language: Arabic, English with simultaneous translation

Wanderlust: Beyond the Comfort Zone

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Hell and High Water

Event 47 Saturday 4 March, 6.30pm-7.30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Authors: Tanya Landman
“I like to go back to the dangerous past, where there were no rules, no safety nets and where anything can – and will – happen.” – Tanya Landman

Tanya Landman, winner of the Carnegie Medal for her powerful YA novel Buffalo Soldier, returns with another gripping slice of history in Hell and High Water.

The year is 1752. Caleb’s father has been transported to the colonies for a crime he didn’t commit, and Caleb must fight prejudice and corruption as he tries to clear his father’s name.

Find out what adventures Caleb has in store for him, and learn more about Tanya’s powerful books – including forthcoming novel Beyond the Wall, which stars an escaped slave girl on the run from the Roman Empire!

Language: English

Age Group: 13+

Hell and High Water

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Lights, Camera, Austen!: Andrew Davies' Austen Adaptations

Event 168 Saturday 4 March, 8pm-9pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Authors: Andrew Davies
“Since it came out, every cultural reference to Jane Austen, and every adaptation, has had as much to do with Andrew Davies as it does to Austen.” – Professor Deborah Cartmell, author of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice: The Relationship Between Text and Screen

Sometimes a wet shirt can change the world. When Andrew Davies adapted Jane Austen’s witty, insightful but daunting Pride and Prejudice, he didn’t just create a new audience for the classics – he founded a new genre of historical drama. In the years that followed, people would refer to an ‘Andrew Davies adaptation.’

In this session to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, Davies himself guides us through his Austen adaptations, and teaches the audiences the secrets of introducing modern audiences to her humour and timeless insights.

Language: English

Lights, Camera, Austen!: Andrew Davies' Austen Adaptations

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Behind the Crime Scene: the Dubai Police Stories Project

Event 212 Sunday 5 March, 7pm-8pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

There is a thin line between a real crime and crime fiction – real crimes inspire writers all the time, and a good story will feel authentic in terms of both criminal behaviour and police procedure, however outlandish the crime itself.

But what happens when police officers themselves turn to writing fiction? Captain Abdulla AlSaadi oversaw the Police Stories project, in which Dubai Police officers contributed to a short story anthology based on their experiences. He will be joined by Major Arif Ali Bishoh, who has 22 years of Criminal Investigation experience and specialist knowledge of crime reduction programs, to discuss how real-life crimes provide inspiration for stories, and what they learned from the project.

Language: Arabic, with simultaneous English translation

Behind the Crime Scene: the Dubai Police Stories Project

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The Future of Intellectual Property in the UAE

Event 216 Monday 6 March, 12.30pm-2.30pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Intellectual Property is a huge issue in the publishing world – and trade and technology regularly bring up surprising twists in the ongoing story of who owns ideas and words.

This panel, running alongside the first Dubai International Publishing Conference, brings together speakers from Dubai Customs, the Ministry of Economy and the National Media Council to discuss the state of IP in the UAE today, from rights, copyright and trademarks to the ongoing saga of digital piracy and making sure that authors and readers alike benefit from new legislation.

Confirmed speakers:

Yousef Ozair – Director of Intellectual Property Rights, Dubai Customs

Nasser Altamemi – Director of Media Content, National Media Council

Language: Arabic, with simultaneous English translation

The Future of Intellectual Property in the UAE

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The Gulf’s Political Journey

Event 55 Monday 6 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

“One can’t pray for anything except that the UAE model prevails and inspires a regional renaissance of its own.” – Faisal J Abbas

Youth, education, oil, reform, technology, literacy, culture – the rapid and sometimes unexpected twists of the recent history of the Gulf states mean that everyone has a different opinion about what will happen next. Three of the people best-equipped to answer meet, moderated by the BBC’s James Naughtie, to discuss what to expect from the region in the near future, and how tolerance can be a guiding principle in solving regional dilemmas and conflicts.

HE Omar Saif Ghobash, the UAE’s Ambassador to Russia and the author of Letters to a Young Muslim, is one of the world’s leading thinkers on moderate Islam and ways to prevent radicalisation.

Francis Matthew is Editor-at-Large of Gulf News, where he writes on UAE and GCC social and political issues. He has worked as a journalist in the Middle East for 35 years and has edited three books on the UAE.

JE Peterson is an American historian and political analyst specialising in the Arabian Gulf, and editor of the authoritative text The Emergence of the Gulf States: Studies in Modern History.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

The Gulf’s Political Journey

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Spices on the Silk Roads: A Supper Club Discussion

Event 145 Wednesday 8 March, 7pm-9pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

If you want to experience first-hand the workings of cultural exchange, then look no further than your plate! Join us for a lively discussion about food and how it shaped the world, accompanied by a three course meal.

Sabrina Ghayour’s Sirocco – the inspiration for the evening’s recipes – was named for the wind that blows from East to West, a title that symbolises her approach to cooking and the historic spice trade that was an integral part of the global economy for generations and which shaped global cuisines.

Ghayour is joined by Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads and a historian of the globalisation that occurred along ancient trade routes.

Dress code: smart/casual.

Language: English

Spices on the Silk Roads: A Supper Club Discussion

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When in the Arab World: A Lunch that Means Business

Event 207 Thursday 9 March, 1.30pm-3pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Authors: Rana Nejem
“How many a diplomatic crisis could have been avoided? How many broken business deals and fractured relationships could have been saved with a little cultural intelligence?” – Rana Nejem

Have you ever made a culturally insensitive faux-pas in the Arab region? Are you anxious about offending? Or do you just want to know a bit more about Arab culture?

This three course lunch will feature a talk from Rana Nejem, a social and cultural intelligence coach whose expertise in international communications, protocol and PR has seen her working as a journalist for CNN, handling the International Media Department for the late King Hussein of Jordan, and as Director of Communications and PR for the British Embassy in Amman for 18 years. She has recently channeled this expertise into a comprehensive guide on the subject, When in the Arab World: An Insider’s Guide to Living and Working with Arab Culture. Be prepared for enlightening anecdotes and to leave both well-fed and well-informed.

Dress code: smart/casual.

Language: English

When in the Arab World: A Lunch that Means Business

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Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations: Science Fiction Across Cultures

Event 75 Thursday 9 March, 6pm-7pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

“What they didn’t realise was that in science fiction is some of the best social fiction of our time.” – Doris Lessing

When we talk about Science Fiction and Fantasy, what do we mean? Do fiction genres transcend language and cultural context? Why does speculative fiction in English have a devoted following while its Arabic counterpart is only now growing in popularity?

Our panel of Arabic and English-language writers takes a look at these questions and more.

Eric Van Lustbader’s first novel, The Sunset Warrior, was science fiction, and he has returned to the genre frequently, including in the Pearl Saga, which pits two very different cultures – one technological, one spiritual – against each other.

Ahmed Khaled Tawfik is familiar to English speakers for his novel Utopia, about a future Egypt that is anything but utopian; in Arabic, he is also known as a master of science fiction, horror and medical thrillers, with hundreds of books to his name, and as the author of the award-winning Like Icarus.

Noura Al Noman is the author of the science fiction novel Ajwan, which won the Etisalat Prize in 2013. She wrote it in response to a lack of Arabic young adult SF.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations: Science Fiction Across Cultures

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Dubai: The World's Most Connected City?

Event 77 Thursday 9 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

“Cities offer opportunities to prosper that cannot be found elsewhere.” – The Future Agenda: Intra City Collaboration by Tim Jones

What makes a city into a global player? And where does Dubai fit in the growing club of world-changing cities? Our panel examines the questions that arise when a city becomes a global hub.

Hassan Al Naboodah is Professor of History at the University of the United Arab Emirates and an expert on Arab history and culture. He has published extensively on the UAE’s civilisation, archaeology and folklore.

Tim Jones is the Programme Director of The Future Agenda, a foresight initiative seeking to address the challenges of the next decade, including those facing major cities, from air pollution to population growth to ‘smart city’ technologies.

Parag Khanna is a leading global strategist and the author of Connectography, which maps the connected world by its supply chains and shows cities, not nations, to be the emerging powers; his new book Technocracy in America calls for a greater role for experts and data in America’s national government.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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The Children's Books Everyone Should Read

Event 108 Friday 10 March, 10am-11am Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Which childhood book makes you feel giddy with nostalgia?

To celebrate the 150th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of Little House on the Prairie, children young and old will delight in this discussion about standout children’s books, from those that have inspired generations to modern-day classics. Come along and see if our panel can meet the challenge of selecting five all-time favourites!

Jill Dawson writes for adults, but has cited children’s fiction such as Little House on the Prairie as influential and inspiring.

Abi Elphinstone is the author of The Shadow Keeper, whose heroine Moll was inspired by her admiration of Philip Pullman’s Lyra in Northern Lights. Candy Gourlay, author of Tall Story and Shine, was influenced by the mix of folklore, homegrown books and comics, and imported books that made up her childhood reading in the Philippines.

Yvette Judge is the Chief Operating Officer of the Emirates Literature Foundation, and previously worked as a school librarian and head of children’s programming for the Festival.

Language: English

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Photography on the Move: Turning Journeys into Visual Stories

Event 856 Friday 10 March, 12.30pm-2.30pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Michael Freeman has made a career of telling powerful visual stories. In this masterclass he will share what he has learned from his experiences producing photographic narratives from his journeys all over the world.

Michael has long argued that composition matters a lot more than hardware when it comes to taking top-quality photos. Even your phone’s camera can be used for a whole lot more than selfies – if you develop a photographer’s eye for capturing a story in a picture.

No camera equipment required; notepads will be provided.

The tutor: Michael Freeman is one of the most widely published photographers worldwide. He has lectured and taught workshops on photography all over the world. He was awarded the Prix Louis Phillipe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture. His latest photography book is Fifty Paths to Creative Photography and his latest book of reportage is The Tea Horse Road.

Language: English

Photography on the Move: Turning Journeys into Visual Stories

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The Storyteller's Secret: How Leaders Turn Passion into Performance

Event 195 Friday 10 March, 3pm-4pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Authors: Carmine Gallo
“Storytelling is not something we do. Storytelling is who we are.” – Carmine Gallo

Communications and leadership expert Carmine Gallo has made a career of helping people tell their story better. In How to Talk Like TED he explained the value of getting presentations right; in The Storyteller’s Secret he reveals the techniques used by leaders as diverse as Nelson Mandela, Elon Musk, Oprah Winfrey and Malala Yousafzai to turn their message into a story.

Gallo’s advice is valuable to businesspeople, teachers, government and charity workers, and of course writers – so come and learn how to tell your own story!

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

The Storyteller's Secret: How Leaders Turn Passion into Performance

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