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Event 703 University Day: Hatoon Ajwad Al Fassi: Empowering Women in Public Space

Thursday 8 March, 10am-11am   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

During the past years, women have emerged in many leadership positions in various fields such as: political, religious, economic, social and artistic.

Dr. Hatoon Ajwad Al Fassi reveals to us the most important challenges facing the empowerment of women in these areas, the new trends that may limit the leadership of women to senior positions, and the real equality that women seek in this age.

Dr. Hatoon Ajwad Al Fassi is a Saudi columnist and historian, specialising in women’s history and the author of several books including Women in Pre-Islamic Arabia: AlAnbat.

Language: Arabic with English translation

University Day: Hatoon Ajwad Al Fassi: Empowering Women in Public Space

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Event 702 University Day: How to Do Good: Frédéric Kanouté, Emtithal ‘Emi’ Mahmoud, Mariela Shaker

Thursday 8 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

How to Do Good is a book of extraordinary personal stories from thought leaders, celebrities, and philanthropists who are driving positive change.
We are joined by three supporters of the movement for a session of inspirational performance and discussion. The session will be introduced by project founder, Leonard Stall, who has kindly donated a copy of the book to every ticket buyer at the session.
Frédéric Kanouté is a former professional footballer who runs his own foundation tackling poverty in Africa and Asia.
Emtithal ‘Emi’ Mahmoud is the World Poetry Slam Champion, who uses her talent to raise awareness of the violence in Darfur and the wider refugee cause.
Mariela Shaker is a violinist and White House Champion of Change who uses her music to build bridges and raise awareness of the plight of the Syrian people.
Moderated by journalist Gavin Esler.

Language: English with Arabic translation

University Day: How to Do Good: Frédéric Kanouté, Emtithal ‘Emi’ Mahmoud, Mariela Shaker

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Event 710 University Day: Muhsin Al-Ramli: Literary Experience in the Diaspora

Thursday 8 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

How does a writer achieve literary success in the diaspora? And can an individual choose a new life in defiance of his community’s expectations, yet retain his identity?
‘Nations who want to learn from their experience do not neglect their literature, but deal with it cumulatively.’
Celebrated author and poet Muhsin Al-Ramli shares his personal journey from his war-torn Iraqi home to the culturally rich space he found in Spain. Through his own experience, which has made him into a successful writer, he will inspire students with 10 essential steps on using positivity to develop innovation, creativity, philanthropy and entrepreneurship.
Muhsin Al-Ramli is the acclaimed Iraqi author and translator whose novels Dates on my Fingers and The President’s Gardens have been longlisted for IPAF.

Language: Arabic with English translation

University Day: Muhsin Al-Ramli: Literary Experience in the Diaspora

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Event 141 Rachel Hamilton: Unicorns Do Exist!

Thursday 8 March, 4.30pm-5.30pm   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

UAE-based children's author Rachel Hamilton – with the help of an eternally optimistic unicorn named Louie – will explore what it's like to give life to characters who don't actually exist... Except maybe they do!

Rachel is a Festival favourite and the author of the Unicorn in New York series as well as The Case of the Exploding Loo and The Case of the Exploding Brains. Join her for an afternoon of hairbrained stories and writing inspiration for kids of all ages.

Language: English

Age Group: 6+

Rachel Hamilton: Unicorns Do Exist!

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Event 154 Women in the Media: Noor Abdulmajeed, Iman Ben Chaibah & Aysha Taryam

Thursday 8 March, 5pm-6pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

What challenges do Arab women working in the media face? On International Women’s Day, our panel of leading female journalists discusses progress so far and the current state of the Arabic media environment.

Bestselling novelist Noor Abdulmajeed has extensive experience writing and editing magazines, including two years as editor in chief of Mada magazine. She currently writes for All People magazine.

Iman Ben Chaibah is the founder of Sail Publishing LLC, an Emirati publishing house for digital books & magazines, and editor in chief and founder of Sail magazine.

Aysha Taryam is the editor in chief of the English language newspaper The Gulf Today and is the author of a collection of commentaries on local and international issues, The Opposite of Indifference.

This panel is moderated by Hend Saeed.

Language: Arabic with English translation

Women in the Media: Noor Abdulmajeed, Iman Ben Chaibah & Aysha Taryam

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Event 99 Mohammed Hasan Alwan: A Small Death

Thursday 8 March, 6.30pm-7.30pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Mohammed Hasan Alwan won the 2017 International Prize for Arabic Fiction for A Small Death, a historical fiction novel about the great Sufi scholar Ibn Arabi.

Following Ibn Arabi on his extensive travels through the 12th Century Islamic world, A Small Death examines the evolution of one of the best known Arab scholars of all time against the backdrop of a colourful but tumultuous period of history, full of details of the traditions of the cities he visited and the insights this gave him into the human soul.

In this session Alwan will discuss this powerful book and what he learned while writing it.

Mohammed will be in conversation with Bilal Orfali.

Language: Arabic with English translation

Mohammed Hasan Alwan: A Small Death

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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 113 International Women's Day: Press for Progress

Thursday 8 March, 8pm-9pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Thursday March 8th is International Women’s Day, and to celebrate we have gathered a panel of top writers to discuss the global movement for gender equality.

Hatoon Ajwad Al Fassi is a Saudi historian and outspoken advocate for women’s rights; her most recent book looks at the prominent role women played in the Nabatean civilisation.

HE Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi is UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development. Her previous appointments include Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs.

Kamila Shamsie is an award-winning novelist whose Home Fire was longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. She is in the fourth generation of women writers in her family.

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the acclaimed memoir Wild, and is a champion of female empowerment through mentoring and advocacy.

This panel is moderated by Jenni Murray.

Language: English with Arabic translation

International Women's Day: Press for Progress

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