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Powerful Presence, Clarity and Success

Event 840 Wednesday 8 March, 9.30am-2pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

In today’s world, it is essential to present yourself well if you want to succeed, whether you’re speaking to an audience, a boardroom – or a literary agent!

Mai El Khalifa’s two decades of experience in the world of television means that she knows the importance of achieving competitive presence through how you speak and how you act. In this half-day workshop, she will teach the principles of presence and clarity that are required for success.

This workshop is for executives, authors, speakers and anyone who wants to boost their confidence and obtain the skills they need to promote themselves in today’s world.

The tutor: Mai El Khalifa is a TV broadcast professional and certified professional coach with an in-depth understanding of the issues facing international businesspeople.

Language: English

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The Eagle Huntress: Film screening with Talk by Abi Elphinstone

Event 217 Wednesday 8 March, 7pm-9pm Novo Cinemas Screen 5

“This is a movie that expands your sense of what is possible.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times review of The Eagle Huntress

Thirteen-year-old Kazakh girl Aisholpan Nurgaiv has an unusual ability – she is an eagle huntress, hunting foxes with her golden eagle. This documentary about the first woman in twelve generations of her family to take up hunting (and win the competition at the annual Golden Eagle Festival) swept awards and nominations at film festivals across the world. Director Otto Bell uses drone-mounted cameras to capture extraordinary footage of the eagles and the Mongolian landscape, and narration is provided by Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), but the heart of the film is Aisholpan and her relationship with her supportive father, who helps her learn to train eagles and raise her own eaglet.

The film screening is opened by a talk by Abi Elphinstone, author of The Dream Snatcher, who in 2015 spent time with Aisholpan and her family as part of research for a forthcoming book. Abi will share stories and pictures from her Mongolian adventure along with her insights into the extraordinary culture of the Kazakh Eagle Hunters.

Film language: Kazakh with English subtitles and narration.

Talk language: English

Age: 9+ (parental guidance – hunting scenes)

The Eagle Huntress: Film screening with Talk by Abi Elphinstone

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A Time for Tolerance

Event 59 Wednesday 8 March, 10am-11am Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

''The only way you can make the world a better place is by doing the opposite of hating.'' – Omar Saif Ghobash

How do you overcome cultural and religious disputes to build a tolerant, multifaith society? This is an urgent question for the world today — and one a country as diverse as the UAE will always face. Our interfaith panel has gathered to discuss common issues and misconceptions that arise in debates about Islam, Christianity, religious pluralism and secular society.

HE Omar Saif Ghobash is the UAE’s Ambassador to Russia. He is on the advisory body of The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence at King’s College London. His new book Letters to a Young Muslim discusses how moderate Muslims should unite and find a voice that is true to Islam while actively and productively engaging in the modern world.

HE Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi is the UAE’s Minister of State for Tolerance and first woman appointed to the cabinet, who recently delivered an invitation to the Pope to visit the UAE. She was previously Minister of State for International Cooperation.

Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri is the Director General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai. He is a member of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Dubai and head of the Community Development Committee.

Reverend Andy Thompson is vicar of St Andrews Church in Abu Dhabi, author of Jesus of Arabia (foreword provided by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak) and Christianity in the UAE, which examine both today’s communities and the history of Christianity in the region.

Language: Arabic, English with simultaneous translation

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Fiction Some More: A Generative Workshop

Event 814 Wednesday 8 March, 10am-1pm Al Waha, InterContinental

Trying to ignite your inspiration? You need to Fiction Some More!

This interactive and generative workshop from writer and editor Hananah Zaheer is designed to boost your writing skills, push you past writer's block, and get you writing stories.

Using a range of exercises and techniques, this workshop will focus on discovering how putting restraints on creating new work can enhance creativity. Some feedback will be provided in class, and participants will leave the workshop with one short story draft in hand.

The tutor: Hananah Zaheer is Fiction Editor for the Four Way Review and the Potomac Review. She earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart prize. She has also been awarded a fellowship by the Virginia Center for Creative Arts (VCCA) and was a finalist for the Doris Betts fiction prize 2014. She is currently working on a collection of short stories.

Language: English

Age: 18+

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Qasidah Par Coeur 2017 - Arabic

Event 60 Wednesday 8 March, 2pm-3pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

The Qasidah Par Coeur Competition is our annual poetry performance competition, in which talented youngsters take to the stage to bring two of their favourite poems to life. Judges have already identified the brightest stars from competing schools; now the finalists compete once more to determine just who deserves first place.

Prizes for the Arabic-language winners will be presented at the end of the session by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center.

Language: Arabic

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Qasidah Par Coeur 2017 - English

Event 61 Wednesday 8 March, 2.30pm-3.30pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

The Qasidah Par Coeur Competition is our annual poetry performance competition, in which talented youngsters take to the stage to bring two of their favourite poems to life. Judges have already identified the brightest stars from competing schools; now the finalists compete once more to determine just who deserves first place, in front of a panel that includes poets Zeina Hashem Beck and Amanda Calderon.

Prizes for the English-language winners will be presented at the end of the session by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center.

Language: English

Qasidah Par Coeur 2017 - English

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Lost Objects: Preserving the Past

Event 64 Wednesday 8 March, 6pm-7pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

How do we hold on to heritage in an increasingly globalised world? Can the destruction of historical objects affect our future? Does language extinction matter? Our panel considers the implications of neglecting the past.

Bettany Hughes is a historian specialising in classical history, and has dedicated her career to keeping the past alive and uncovering its buried secrets.

AbdullAziz AlMusallam is Director of Heritage for the Sharjah government and an expert on UAE history and folklore who has an interest in investigating and recording UAE dialects.

Kanishk Tharoor recently presented the BBC radio series Museum of Lost Objects, in which he tells the stories of destroyed and looted sites. He also writes about the cultural implications of endangered languages.

Language: Arabic, English with simultaneous translation

Lost Objects: Preserving the Past

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Growing Voices: Arab Women Writers

Event 65 Wednesday 8 March, 6pm-7pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

“I don’t want to change the rules of the world, but I don’t want the rules to take what is left of me.” – Bothayna Al Essa

Women play a central role in the literary life of the Arab world. Arab women writers act as ambassadors for their culture, challenging Western perceptions of the ‘subjugated’ woman and revealing their real stories in the limited number of books that are translated into other languages.

Celebrating International Women's Day, this panel brings together two influential women whose different approaches to writing have both had a big impact on the literary scene.

Mansoura Ez Eldin works to change western views of Middle Eastern women by writing about the social challenges that both men and women face.

Bothayna Al Essa challenges her own society’s prejudices and barriers, focusing on breaking the ‘walls’ that keep women from achieving their literary potential.

Language: Arabic, with simultaneous English translation

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Behind the Lens: Ramesh Shukla in Conversation

Event 197 Wednesday 8 March, 7:30pm-8:30pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

“It’s just incredible to be involved in a country's history.” – Ramesh Shukla

Ramesh Shukla arrived in Dubai in 1960 with Rs50 in his pocket, seven rolls of film and a Rolleicord camera that he received on his 14th birthday. Today, he is considered the UAE's greatest historical photographer. His new book, The UAE: 50 Years in Pictures, showcases his incredible career.

Shukla has photographed everything from everyday Emirati life to dignitaries and members of the UAE royal families. He humbly refers to his relationship with the UAE as a matter of being in the right place at the right time – but it is clear that his prominence comes from the skill with which he has captured the evolving history of the country. A permanent Shukla exhibition is now housed in the new Etihad Museum in Dubai.

In this session, Shukla and his son, Neel Shukla, will share the stories behind his pictures, including his iconic photograph of the founding Sheikhs at Union House in 1971, which features in the UAE National Day Logo. Come and hear about their torturous early souk hunts for equipment and the stone basin that doubled both as photo developing basin and Neel’s paddling pool!

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Behind the Lens: Ramesh Shukla in Conversation

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How to Self-Publish Your Book

Event 818 Wednesday 8 March, 6pm-8pm Al Waha, InterContinental

If you’re thinking of self-publishing your writing, you have an unprecedented range of opportunities open to you – some of which will be much more suitable than others. Alexander McNabb will help you make sense of the options!

McNabb will take you through the key steps of a successful self-publishing career: choosing the most suitable platform for your work, how to go about editing and design (or how to hire people to help), uploading your book and the important but challenging business of marketing, public relations and promotion – making your book stand out in a crowded market.

This workshop combines advice and tips with practical work; you should leave the workshop with a better grasp of the challenges and opportunities on offer.

The tutor: Alexander McNabb has been living and working in the Middle East for 30 years and currently divides his time between consulting on media, publishing and digital communications, and writing and self-publishing his books.

His most recent books are the gripping, disturbingly plausible thriller Birdkill and his first children’s book, Nanny’s Magical Cheese Box.

Language: English

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Creating and Publishing Your Comic

Event 833 Wednesday 8 March, 6pm-8pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Khaled bin Hamad is passionate about comics and he works hard to encourage young people who share his interests to develop their own skills. In this masterclass he will talk about all aspects of his work in the comics and animation business and answer your questions on how to make your own comic – and how to make it a success!

After an introduction and team building, he will look at the unique nature of comic book storytelling and how to tell a story successfully. He will follow this with an introduction to the business side of comics, how to get published and how to stay successful once you’re there!

The tutor: Khalid bin Hamad has loved drawing manga since his childhood – he started out drawing on walls, tables and books, and eventually left his job to travel to Japan to study manga and obtain a master’s degree in marketing. The result was Nasser’s Secrets, a graphic novel that combined Emirati and Japanese influences to tell a unique sci-fi story.

In 2014 he put his skills to use and established his own animation and design company, Moving Reflection Productions, and started to pursue his dream in creating his own characters. He is currently working on launching an Emirati Sci-Fi anime, Empire of N.

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 16+

Creating and Publishing Your Comic

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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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Letters to a Young Muslim

Event 199 Wednesday 8 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

“I want my sons’ generation of Muslims to realize that they have the right to think and decide what is right and what is wrong.” – Omar Saif Ghobash

HE Omar Saif Ghobash is the UAE’s Ambassador to Russia, the sponsor of the Saif Ghobash-Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary translation, a co-founder of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction and one of the UAE’s most respected speakers on political matters.

He is also a father concerned for his sons’ futures. His book Letters to a Young Muslim is addressed to them but contains advice for all Muslims, as well as anyone who wants to learn more about Islam.

As a manifesto for moderate Islam and against extremism, Letters to a Young Muslim is essential reading and in this session, Ambassador Ghobash will discuss the issues faced by modern Muslims.

Ambassador Ghobash will be in conversation with Sultan Al Qassemi.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Letters to a Young Muslim

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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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