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At Crisis Point: Frank Gardner on his Debut Thriller

Event 6 Friday 3 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Authors: Frank Gardner
“This is intelligent, high-voltage story-telling of the very highest order.” – Tony Parsons reviewing Crisis.

Renowned BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner has drawn on his many years of reporting on global security to write his compelling debut novel Crisis, in which former commando Luke Carlton races against time to foil a diabolical plot to attack London. A chance to hear from one of the world’s security experts on the real-world inspiration behind his fiction and the kind of dangers we can expect to face tomorrow.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

At Crisis Point: Frank Gardner on his Debut Thriller

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Leaves from Lahore: An Inside View of Pakistan

Event 97 Friday 3 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Authors: Mehr Tarar
“Too many people are writing about the dark side of Pakistan.” – Mehr Tarar

Outspoken about the issues facing Pakistan today, journalist and wordsmith Mehr Tarar has become a major voice speaking up not only against problems, but also in favour of more balanced coverage of her diverse country – encouraging both Pakistanis and the wider world to see the full picture.

Leaves from Lahore is a collection of her thought-provoking writing on politics, society and day-to-day life in a country whose identity is facing some very difficult questions.

Language: English

Leaves from Lahore: An Inside View of Pakistan

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The War for Truth

Event 143 Friday 3 March, 6pm-7pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

“When I began to talk about Afghanistan, I watched eyes glaze and felt as if I was trying to have a conversation about a movie no one else had seen.” – Christina Lamb

How do you get the truth out when no-one wants you to speak up and, often, no-one seems to want to listen? Yasmina Khadra and Christina Lamb have both faced this question in their writing about Afghanistan.

Yasmina Khadra is the pen-name of Mohammed Moulessehoul, an Algerian author and former soldier whose novel The Swallows of Kabul met with international acclaim.

Christina Lamb reported from Afghanistan for 13 years and found herself covering a long war that British and American authorities went between spinning as a success and outright forgetting. She tells the story of her time there in Farewell Kabul.

Language: English, French

The War for Truth

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Foreign Correspondents: Stories from the Front Line

Event 46 Saturday 4 March, 10am-11am Al Ras 3, InterContinental

“The foreign correspondent is frequently the only means of getting an important story told, or of drawing the world's attention to disasters in the making or being covered up.” – Chinua Achebe

Small wars permitting, this is a unique opportunity to hear directly from two people who carry a heavy responsibility – reporting with both accuracy and respect from the centre of wars and disasters.

Actively covering the most volatile areas of the world, our panellists have experienced first-hand the extreme dangers and moral depravity of conflict. Prepare for unexpected insights and deeply powerful stories.

Frank Gardner is the BBC’s Security Correspondent who since 2001 has been heavily involved in covering the ‘war on terror,’ even after barely escaping a terrorist shooting in Saudi Arabia.

Christina Lamb has spent 28 years covering the drawn-out conflict in Afghanistan and her tenacious reporting from Zimbabwe led to her being declared an enemy of the state by Robert Mugabe’s regime.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Foreign Correspondents: Stories from the Front Line

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The Orwell Lecture: A World Turned Upside Down?

Event 39 Saturday 4 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.” – George Orwell

The Orwell Lecture is always one of the Festival’s standout sessions. Each year, a highly regarded speaker delivers a lecture inspired by George Orwell’s writing but also reflecting today’s concerns.

This year’s lecture is delivered by the BBC’s James Naughtie, who has in recent months covered both the tense 2016 US presidential election and the UK’s ongoing constitutional upheaval. Both countries have experienced unprecedented political rancour, including far-right politicians entering the mainstream and challenging fundamental ideas of liberal democracy – freedom of speech, freedom of movement, freedom to vote. What happens next?

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

The Orwell Lecture: A World Turned Upside Down?

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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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Voicing Your Opinions: Writing a Hit Column

Event 803 Saturday 4 March, 6pm-8pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Mehr Tarar
Have you ever dreamed of writing for a national newspaper – or having the world follow your every word online?

Mehr Tarar’s columns, recently published as Leaves From Lahore, cover ground as diverse as religious rights, gender equality, international relations and social issues of all kinds, but their unifying feature is her confident, articulate voice. In this hands-on workshop, she will help you develop your own journalistic voice so that you can speak out about the issues that matter to you – and have people coming back for more.

The tutor: Mehr Tarar is an outspoken and popular Pakistani journalist, currently working as Op-Ed Editor at the Daily Times, where she also writes her acclaimed column. A collection of her writing was recently published as Leaves from Lahore.

Language: English

Voicing Your Opinions: Writing a Hit Column

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UAE Political Fiction: Betrayal of a Country

Event 56 Monday 6 March, 6pm-7pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

People leave and the homeland stays at the left side, where the heart is.” – Hamad Al Hammady

When this Emirati author wrote his first political novel based on true events, it broke the mould and sparked a huge wave of interest throughout the country. Hamad Al Hammady is building a reputation as a novelist who tackles high stakes issues such as love, patriotism, and sinister terrorist cells, and as the first Emirati writer of political fiction, he was given the UAE Pioneer Award.

His books include Retaj, which was adapted as the popular Ramadan TV series Betrayal of the Country – described as the first politically themed drama in the history of Emirati television, and which became a popular trending topic on Twitter – and brand new novel Any More? They tell the stories of extremists plotting against the UAE, and of those who oppose them. The books have been welcomed by Emiratis and expats alike who are drawn in by these fictional accounts of our world’s very real dangers.

Language: Arabic, with simultaneous English translation

UAE Political Fiction: Betrayal of a Country

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Game Changers: Speaking Up for Gender Equality

Event 184 Monday 6 March, 6pm-7pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” – Jane Austen

The UAE has been acclaimed as a leader in gender equality, especially in education, literacy and employment, but there is always more to be done here and in the wider world. Our panel of three women from different countries and backgrounds who have written about gender and equality explore what still needs to be done.

Badriah Al Bishr is an award-winning writer and television presenter whose novels and journalism are both concerned with the issues facing modern women in a conservative society.

Sophie Le Ray is a French entrepreneur and founder of the Global WIL Economic Forum, which promotes female leadership. She is the author of Game Changers: How Women in the Arab World Are Changing the Rules and Shaping the Future.

Mehr Tarar is an influential Pakistani journalist who is outspoken about women’s rights and the ongoing struggle for equality. Her writing is collected in Leaves from Lahore.

Language: Arabic, English with simultaneous translation

Game Changers: Speaking Up for Gender Equality

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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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Connectography

Event 67 Wednesday 8 March, 9pm-10pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Authors: Parag Khanna
“What we put on a map has iconic power to shape how people think.” – Parag Khanna

At the heart of Global Strategist Parag Khanna’s visionary book Connectography is a collection of maps that envision the world in new ways, from infrastructure redefining the Middle East to shipping lanes across a melting Arctic.

Connectography is a “book about everything” because everything is connected as never before.

Don’t miss this introduction to the new global civilisation that already exists around us, and a future where only the most connected powers, and people, will win.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Connectography

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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

Dubai: The World's Most Connected City?

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Ten Keys to Successful Political Leadership

Event 26 Friday 10 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

“In many ways they are very ill-suited to the powers and responsibilities that they have.” – Anthony Seldon on British politicians

Anthony Seldon is Britain’s leading authority on Prime Ministers and the workings of 10 Downing Street and Whitehall. His historical accounts of modern Prime Ministers include Cameron at 10, which covers the years of David Cameron’s coalition government; his latest book is Cabinet Office and No.10 1916-2016, which details a century of political manoeuvring; and his forthcoming book due later this year will address the peculiarly British obsession of the ‘Special Relationship’ with the USA. On the basis of his lifetime of writing about British politics, he offers leadership advice that current and future politicians would do well to listen to.

Britain is currently experiencing what might generously be called ‘interesting times’ – if anyone can tell how the British political machine will respond, it’s Anthony Seldon.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Ten Keys to Successful Political Leadership

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Migrating Views: Identity and Nationalism in a World on the Move

Event 109 Friday 10 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

“Movement, not rootedness, is the abiding condition of human history and identity.” – Kanishk Tharoor

Humanity has been on the move for millennia, so why is migration frequently treated as a disruptive force?

In this session, our panel of global nomads discuss the paradoxes of personal and national identity, how they shape our political life, and how understanding each other’s experiences can build bridges between divided peoples.

Izzeldin Abuelaish is a Palestinian doctor now living in Canada, where he is an outspoken advocate for peace, tolerance and communication, saying “it is not where you are but who you are.”

Afra Atiq is the first Emirati female spoken word artist and slam poet and has a master’s degree in international relations and diplomacy; she has performed at international events and enjoys giving back to the UAE community through workshops and mentorships.

Jamal Mahjoub is a British-Sudanese author whose books frequently explore the relationships between Europe and Africa; he is currently writing a non-fiction book about Sudan’s troubled history.

Kanishk Tharoor is an Indian author based in New York who has written extensively about migration, indigenous rights, cultural destruction and nationalism – and the cultural blindspots that lead nations to ignore historical problems.

Language: Arabic, English with simultaneous translation

Migrating Views: Identity and Nationalism in a World on the Move

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Can Megacities Save the World? Inter-city Environmental Collaboration

Event 103 Friday 10 March, 4.30pm-5.30pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

“Mankind’s voluntary concentration into a dense, coastal civilization is certainly efficient, but it may not be very wise.” – Parag Khanna, Connectography

Urbanisation, industrialisation, population growth – the trends that are enriching the human race are also causing environmental stress that threatens billions through rising sea levels, overconsumption and lost biodiversity. Cities consume 75% of the world’s resources and and produce more than 60% of greenhouse gas emissions – but global cities are organising, individually and through collaborative efforts like the C40 Climate Leadership Group, which Dubai recently joined, to slow climate change and find solutions for global problems.

Can cities alone challenge national governments or international corporations to change their ways – can they turn bold statements into real change? And while the largely coastal cities in the C40 might take rising tides seriously, will they also take leadership on other environmental issues?

George Berbari is founder and CEO of DC PRO Engineering, an electromechanical consultancy firm specialising in District Energy Services and Green Buildings. His book The Energy Budget looks at whether governments are doing enough to tackle global warming. 

Parag Khanna is the author of Connectography and an expert on the supply chains that bind civilisations together; his new book Technocracy in America examines the harm caused by politicians making decisions, rather than experts, and looks for alternatives. 

Further panelists to be announced.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Can Megacities Save the World? Inter-city Environmental Collaboration

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The Future Agenda: The Next Ten Years' Journey

Event 129 Saturday 11 March, 3pm-4pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Authors: Tim Jones
Why are we experiencing more unequal societies than ever before? How much does the digitisation of the world leave us all open to risk? How is China leading the way in the creation of an ecological civilisation? Will robots really steal our jobs?

These are just some of the questions that Tim Jones' Future Agenda project seeks to answer. A non-profit initiative, it seeks to bring together expert voices from around the globe to address some of the biggest problems affecting us today. In a time where we face new practical and moral questions – from obesity epidemics to the arrival of predictive policing – collaboration across cultures and borders is more important than ever.

Hundreds of thousands of leading individuals and organisation have given their input on a huge variety of issues – make sure you too are a step ahead of the trends!

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

The Future Agenda: The Next Ten Years' Journey

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