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Follow Me: When Writers Get Social

Event 22 Friday 3 March, 6pm-7pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Creating a dedicated social media following can help immeasurably for a career in creativity. Each member of our panel has taken a different approach to building their ‘tribe’ of fans, friends and event business clients – a community that can be rewarding in all kinds of ways.

Abdullah Al Jumah’s Twitter followers proved a source of inspiration and support both on his travels and in the writing of Tales of a Saudi in Europe.

Nisha Katona built a dedicated following on YouTube with her introductions to curry cooking. They have become loyal supporters of her books and her restaurant, Mowgli.

Kerby Rosanes’ intricate art is perfectly suited to online art communities from Instagram to DeviantArt, and he has built a freelance career using the creative social and professional network Behance.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Follow Me: When Writers Get Social

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Tales of a Saudi in Latin America

Event 170 Saturday 4 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Social media phenomenon and author of Tales of a Saudi in Europe, Abdullah Al Jumah, returns to the Festival to talk about his travels in Latin American countries – travels that went beyond visiting cities and sites to learning about the beliefs and cultures of many different peoples. His new book, Khawaja Sharqi, will be published later in 2017.

Jumah’s thousands of social media followers accompanied him on his journeys, staying updated via YouTube and Snapchat. Included on the Arabian Business list of most powerful Arabs under 40, Jumah is shaping his fans’ views of the world in positive ways.

Language: Arabic, with simultaneous English translation

Tales of a Saudi in Latin America

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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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