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Mountain Movers and Record Breakers: Inspirational Adventurers

Event 70 Thursday 9 March, 10am-11am Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

“I run to secure the future of my children in Dhaka.” – Maria Conceicao

Sometimes your actions really can change the world. These three speakers have pushed themselves to the limit to make a difference to people; in this session they meet to share inspirational stories from their adventures.

Jalal Jamal Bin Thaneya has spent the last 10 years trekking, cycling and climbing through a variety of challenges to raise funds for UAE charities, including walking across the Empty Quarter and running across all seven Emirates.

Maria Conceicao is the founder of the Maria Cristina Foundation. Her award-winning fundraising excursions have taken her up mountains and on polar expeditions to raise money for women’s and girls’ education in Bangladesh.

Julie Lewis is the Founder of Mountain High and author of Moving Mountains. She is passionate about creating and offering opportunities for people to explore and unlock their highest potential. Julie has lead multi-national teams of women and men on more than 58 expeditions to 20 countries to include the Arctic and Antarctica.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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The Strait of Hormuz: Living Memories

Event 141 Thursday 9 March, 10am-11am Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Emirati author Reem Al Kamali’s interest in history began when she was a young girl listening to her grandmother’s oral stories; as well as her love for the land she was born in, Khasab in Musandam, overlooking the Strait of Hormuz. She went on to obtain a degree in history and archaeology, and spent several years studying this fascinating land – strategically important throughout history and if anything, even more so in today’s world of global supply chains: more than 20% of the world’s petroleum passes through the Strait.

Her research also led her to write the novel Strait of Hormuz. This novel is rich in historical detail and authentic cultural insights from Al Kamali’s studies of the region’s oral history.

Al Kamali is an Emirati author and journalist, currently working as Editor of Al Bayan newspaper. Strait of Hormuz won the Al Owais Award for best creative fiction of 2015 and the 2016 Sayidaty magazine literary award for Emirati women.

Come along for new insights into the history and culture of this important region and to learn more about an exciting new novelist.

Language: Arabic, with simultaneous English translation

The Strait of Hormuz: Living Memories

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Fly With Me: The Green Sheikh

Event 69 Thursday 9 March, 11am-12pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

“Life brings life, and passion produces a new energy, and enthusiasm moves the human and he moves the world.” – HH Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Ali Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi

HH Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Ali Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, also known as The Green Sheikh, aims to inspire, motivate and mentor young people to become protectors of the environment and climate-conscious leaders.

The Green Sheikh believes that people can learn to take responsibility for the world and to leave it a better place than they found it, and promotes environmental issues on his radio shows Fly With Me and Spirit of Leadership, and on his social media channels.

HH Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Ali Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi is a member of The Ajman Royal Family, CEO of Al Ihsan Charity Association, and environmental consultant for Ajman.

Language: Arabic, with simultaneous English translation

Fly With Me: The Green Sheikh

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Winning at Life: The Secrets of Not Having It All

Event 71 Thursday 9 March, 12pm-1pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

“If having it all means exhausting yourself so that you can be on top of your emails, then having it all is, in my humble opinion, completely overrated.” – Bryony Gordon

Is it really necessary to ‘have it all’? Our panel doesn’t think so, but that’s only the beginning of the discussion – when the world expects us all to be ‘always on’, what do you make time for and what do you let go in the name of health, sanity, or just having some time for yourself?

The journey to a less fulfilling life begins here!

Bryony Gordon is an author and journalist whose book Mad Girl chronicles the challenges of balancing work, family and mental illness. 

Omaira Farooq Al Olama is the founder and managing director of Advanced Learning Formulas (ALF), which trains young Emiratis in vital workplace skills.

Sara Sadik is a blogger on a mission to ‘find the magic in mommyhood’. She writes for the Huffington Post and Sassy Mama Dubai, and is working on her first parenting book.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Winning at Life: The Secrets of Not Having It All

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Chevron Readers' Cup 2017 - Prize Giving

Event 72 Thursday 9 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

More than 200 teams from the Gulf region joined in this year’s Chevron Readers’ Cup. The nail-biting finals, which will have you on the edge of your seats, will be followed by the presentation of the awards to the well-read winners by Festival authors Hooda Al Shawa Al Qaddumi and Piers Torday.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Chevron Readers' Cup 2017 - Prize Giving

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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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Making Myths with Candy Gourlay

Event 838 Thursday 9 March, 3.30pm-5pm Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Candy Gourlay

Candy Gourlay's novels are laced with legends and myths from her native Philippines. In a short presentation, Candy will describe how geography influences the mythology of a people, telling delightful origin myths such as the giant turtles of Indonesia, how the New Zealand came to be, and the origin of the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. She will then lead the children in making their own myths using comics techniques and narrative structure.

The tutor: Candy Gourlay's novels for young people have been nominated for the UK's top children's book prizes such as the Carnegie, the Guardian Prize, the Waterstone's and the Blue Peter Award. Candy grew up in the Philippines but now lives with her family in North London. She loves dogs, babies, drawing, photography and gardening.

Language: English

Age Group: 8-12

Making Myths with Candy Gourlay

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The Reeve & McIntyre Comics Jam

Event 852 Thursday 9 March, 3.30pm-5pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Have you ever heard of a comics jam? If so, you know you’re in for a treat – and if not, then you’re about to take a step into a wild world of illustrated teamwork that will end in the creation of a brand new comic!

Master illustrator Sarah McIntyre is in town to share her comic skills, and she and Pugs of the Frozen North co-creator Philip Reeve will lead 90 minutes of full-on audience-participation shenanigans. A workshop like no other!

The tutors: Sarah McIntyre is an illustrator and writer of books and comics who works out of the Fleece Station studio in London. She is the author and illustrator of Dinosaur Police and has collaborated with Giles Andreae, David O’Connell and Gillian Rogerson.

Philip Reeve is the author of the award-winning Mortal Engines and Railhead series, among others, while his illustrator credits include several Horrible Histories and Murderous Maths books.

As Reeve & McIntyre Productions, they have collaborated on four quirky and hilarious books, most recently Jinks and O’Hare Funfair Repair.

Language: English

Age Group: 6-10

The Reeve & McIntyre Comics Jam

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The International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2017

Event 73 Thursday 9 March, 4.30pm-5.30pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Three of the finest contemporary Arab authors discuss what it takes to win literary prizes, and the different approaches they take to writing powerful, memorable works. These authors are breaking new ground in Arabic writing with their surprising and innovative work.

Rabai Al Madhoun’s Destinies: Concerto of the Holocaust and the Nakba won the 2016 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, mixing together the tales of people living under occupation and those living in exile.

Al Madhoun is joined on the panel by Mohammad Rabie, whose time-slipping dark fantasy Otared was also on the 2016 shortlist, and Mansoura Ez Eldin, who was shortlisted in 2010 for Beyond Paradise, a novel about family secrets and our relationship with the past.

Language: Arabic, with simultaneous English translation

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2017

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Chemistry of Letters

Event 835 Thursday 9 March, 4.30pm-6.30pm Al Khayma, InterContinental

If you are between 12 and 17 and would like to learn how to write a short story, then this workshop is the place for you! Hooda Al Shawa Al Qaddumi will put the letters in front of you in the word lab so you can start mixing up words and building your short story.

In this workshop, participants will first take a look at the ‘chemistry’ of letters in making words, and then will develop a short story with the theme of ‘running away from the garden’.

The tutor: Writer Hooda Al Shawa Al Qaddumi won the Sheikh Zayed Book Award in 2008 for The Birds’ Journey to Mount Qaf. Her book The Animals vs the Humans at the Court of the King of the Jinn reached the short list for the Sheikh Zayed Book Award in 2001.

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 12-17

Chemistry of Letters

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Thursday's Visitors

Event 74 Thursday 9 March, 6pm-7pm Al Waha, InterContinental

“I hope that women will free themselves from destroying their self just because they are born girls.” – Badriah Al Bishr

Award-winning journalist and author Badriah Al Bishr returns to the Festival to introduce her new book Thursday's Visitors. The first woman to win the Arabic Journalism Award, she discusses pressing social issues on her show on MBC Arabic, Badriah. Her previous novels include Marry a Saudi, Hind and the Soldiers and the IPAF-Longlisted Love Stories on Al-Asha Street.

In Thursday’s Visitors, we meet Mashae’l, who grew up promising herself that she would not repeat her mother’s mistakes, but found as time went on that she was becoming an even darker copy of her mother. Will the Thursday majlis, with its teenagers, girls in love and their wise mothers, help her to understand life and its circumstances?

Language: Arabic, with simultaneous English translation

Thursday's Visitors

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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

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Desert Stanzas 2017

Event 80 Thursday 9 March, 7pm-10pm Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa

“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams...” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Imagine an evening under the stars in a traditional desert camp, with an Arabian feast and a flickering campfire. Add this to a series of performances from some of the best poets in the world and you have the recipe for Desert Stanzas.

Our poets Adnan Alaoda, Zainab AlBlooshi, Zeina Hashem Beck, Michael Cooperson and Kei Miller will be performing in the equally poetic landscape of the Al Maha resort in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. So sit back, relax on a Bedouin style cushion, and experience a journey through words from the Emirates to Syria, Lebanon, Jamaica, the USA and beyond.

Adnan Alaoda is a Syrian poet and screenwriter who adapted the poetry of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. He is the author of poetry collection Sakran Al Majanine.

Zainab AlBlooshi is a young Emirati poet who writes about social issues. She was a finalist in the 2016 Millions Poet competition.

Michael Cooperson is Professor of Arabic at UCLA. He has translated numerous works of Arabic literature and is currently writing a book on the cultural history of the early Abbasid period and translating the Maqāmāt of al-Ḥarīrī for the Library of Arabic Literature. In 2016 his translation of the Virtues of the Imām Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal by Ibn al-Jawzī won Qatar’s Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation and International Understanding.

Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet whose first collection, To Live in Autumn, won the 2013 Backwaters Prize. Her second collection, Louder than Hearts, won the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize and will be published in April 2017. Her chapbook There Was and How Much There Was, was selected by Carol Ann Duffy as a 2016 smith|doorstop Laureate’s Choice.

Kei Miller is an award-winning Jamaican poet and novelist who won the 2014 Forward Prize for his collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion; the same year he was named one of 20 Next Generation Poets by the Poetry Book Society.

Dress code: casual (warm)/national dress.

Language: Arabic, English

Event Running Order:

17:45 – 19:00 – transfer to the camp

19:00 – 20:00 – dinner

20:00 – 22:00 – Desert Stanzas event

22:00 – return to Dubai

This year, Desert Stanzas takes place at the Al Maha resort in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, approximately 60 minutes’ drive from Dubai Festival City.

Coaches are available for customers who would prefer not to drive. The pick-up points for the coaches are InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City (Event Centre entrance) and JESS Jumeirah. The last coach from both pick-up points departs at 17:45. Shortly after purchasing your ticket you will be sent an email to book your preferred transport.

If you are driving, please allow enough time plus an additional 10 minutes for transfer from the car park to the desert camp.

Desert Stanzas 2017

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Dreams of a Refugee

Event 76 Thursday 9 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

“I wanted to take people outside the Middle East and inspire them to follow their dreams before following their destiny.” – Mostafa Salameh

Mostafa Salameh is the first Jordanian, the first Arab and one of only 13 people in the world ever to climb the Seven Summits and travel to both the North and South Poles – the ‘Explorer’s Grand Slam.’ Inspired by a dream in which he was reciting the call to prayer from the top of Everest, he began adventuring and using his experiences in his motivational talks and his campaigning against radicalisation. In this session he will share his remarkable journey.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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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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I Shall Not Hate: Izzeldin Abuelaish in Conversation

Event 78 Thursday 9 March, 9pm-10pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

“You have to work for the sake of humanity and not on behalf of a territory.” – Izzeldin Abuelaish

When three of Izzeldin Abuelaish’s daughters were killed in an Israeli attack on Gaza, he made a conscious decision not to hate, but instead to work for peace. The Daughters for Life Foundation was established in memory of Bessan, Mayar and Aya and seeks to provide education to young women in hope that they will in turn be able to change the world.

In this session Dr Abuelaish – who has been called “The Martin Luther King of the Middle East” – will speak about the peacemaking mission that has taken him all over the world trying to change minds.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

I Shall Not Hate: Izzeldin Abuelaish in Conversation

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