SHARJAH FOCUS: Which authors are coming to London Book Fair?

We reveal the 13 authors who will be representing Sharjah as the Market Focus and London Book Fair 2020.

As The London Book Fair has been cancelled, the British Council Market Focus Cultural Programme events next week will not go ahead. We continue to monitor the situation and work with our partners regarding any additional Market Focus activity. The health of our visitors, students, customers and colleagues is our priority throughout this rapidly evolving situation.


Dr Abdulaziz AlMusallam

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Dr Abdulaziz AlMusallam is an Emirati novelist, writer, researcher and consultant in cultural heritage. He is chairman of the Sharjah Institute for Heritage.

Dr Abdulaziz is known for his research and scientific interests in the Gulf and Arab cultural heritage. He holds a Ph.D. in History and Heritage.

He has a collection of publications in culture, fairy tales, folk memory, and Nabati poetry. His work has been translated into English, Italian, Spanish, and Czech.

Abdulla AlNuaimi

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A novelist, a researcher in the field of social affairs and women's issues, and an activist on social media. Abdullah AlNuaimi has been awarded Hamaleel Award for the Most Influential Twitter Personality and Best Emirati Creative Novel Award for his novel Zubaydah’s Apartment at Sharjah International Book Fair 2019.

He has spoken at several international platforms: Riyadh International Book Fair, Narrative Forum in Jordan, Ultimate Beauty Seminar in Kuwait, Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation and others, sharing his views on varied subjects like Aesthetic Awareness, creative writing, media content creation and novel writing.

Besides writing novels AlNuaimi is a regular contributor at a number of local newspapers. He is currently working with the Ministry of Education, aiming to “Bridge the gap between the thinking styles of men and women in Arab societies.”

Afra Atiq


Afra Atiq is an Emirati poet, spoken word artist, and Ph.D. candidate. With a passion for languages, she writes and performs in a blend of bilingual and trilingual poems in English, Arabic, and French.

She has been featured on numerous international platforms and has showcased her work at the Dubai Opera, Louvre Abu Dhabi, PublisHer summit, and Abu Dhabi Art.

Community and education are at the core of everything Afra does and she dedicates much of her time to school visits. She's a founding member of Untitled Chapters (a thriving community of Emirati women writers).

Afra has a master's degree in diplomacy and is conducting research as a doctoral candidate on Instagram and the Arab literary ecosystem. She has also published research on reading in the UAE.

Dubai Abulhoul

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Dubai Abulhoul is the author of Galagolia, the first Emirati fantasy novel in English. Dubai has recently published a series of 5 children's books with Kalimat, which aim to introduce key figures of Emirati folklore to younger generations, and preserve Emirati folktales, which have been passed down verbally from one generation to another. She was named "Young Arab of the Year" in 2016 at the first Young Arab Awards for her work in youth advocacy, literature, and journalism. She is a columnist at Al Bayan Newspaper, The Gulf Today, and The National.

Dubai graduated from New York University Abu Dhabi with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Political Science, and a minor in Literature. Her undergraduate research focused on women's political participation in the UAE. Dubai has been selected as a Rhodes Scholar, and has graduated from the University of Oxford with a Master's of Science (MSc) in Global Governance & Diplomacy.

Eman Al Yousuf

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Eman Al Yousuf has published three short story collections and two novels: The Window Which Saw (2014) and Guard of the Sun (2015), which won the 2016 Emirates Novel Award. Her third novel The Resurrection of Others is forthcoming. She has published a book of literary interviews with female Emirati writers, Bread and Ink (2015) and writes the weekly newspaper column ‘Woman of the Pen’ and the monthly column ‘Under the Ink’ in the Emirates Culture Magazine. Her short story ‘The Teapot and I’ was made into a play and she wrote the first Emirati feminist short film, ‘Ghafa’, directed by Aisha Alzaabi. Eman is a chemical engineer and graphology coach and was the first Emirati ever to be chosen for the prestigious Fall Residency Program of International Writers at the University of Iowa.

Dr Habeeb Ghuloom

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Dr Habeeb Ghuloom is a popular Emirati director and actor. A cultural advisor to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Al-Attar also serves as secretary-general of the Dramatists’ Association and vice-chairman of the board of directors for the Youth Drama Theatre for Arts. He has participated in numerous children’s, university and Gulf theatre festivals as an actor, writer, director, critic, and a member of assessment and evaluation committees. Al-Attar is also the author of several books and specialized publications on the themes of theatre, music and the Arabic language.

He is a founding member of the National Theater of Ras Al Khaimah and has acted in a large number of theatrical works including: Wa Qudsah, Al Moharjoon, Al Khaouf, Al Taoufa, Hikaia Lam Trouiha Sharzad, Ma Kan Leahmed Bint Soulaiman. He holds a PhD in Theatre Literature, from the University of Manchester.

Khalid AlBudoor

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Khalid AlBudoor is a popular Arabic poet born in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and one of the most important names in the modern poetry movement of the UAE. He studied mass communication at United Arab Emirates University and then attended Ohio University in the United States where he obtained an MA in scriptwriting. He began publishing his poetry in 1980 and helped to establish the Emirati Writers’ Union. His first collection of poetry NIGHT, published in Lebanon in 1992, won the Al-Khal Poetry Award. To date, he has published six poetry collections.

Since 1988, AlBudoor has worked as a researcher and documentary film writer focusing on the intangible cultural heritage of the United Arab Emirates. This includes oral heritage, Nabati poetry, traditional music, and storytelling. 

Khulood Al Mu’alla

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Khulood Al Mu’alla was chosen this year as an honorary member of the Costa Rica Poetry Foundation and advisor to the International Poetry Festival of Costa Rica. She was honoured along with three poets as part of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Poets of Peace initiative in 2016. She was awarded the Buland Al Haidari Award for Young Arab Poets at Morocco's Asilah Art Festival in 2008.

Khulood has published six poetry collections and anthologies which have been translated into Spanish, Turkish, and Italian. 

During her participation in international French, Italian, German and English festivals, many of her poems have been translated and published. She also writes a monthly article for Publishers Weekly Magazine.

Her poetry collection, The Way That Takes Me, was translated into French, Indian, Italian, Russian and English as part of the translation project carried out by Sharjah Book Authority.

Mohammad Al-Murr 

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Mohammad Al Murr is a short-story writer from the United Arab Emirates. He has published over 15 volumes of short stories and has had two collections translated into English: Dubai Tales and The Wink of the Mona Lisa.

Al Murr currently serves as Chairman of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library Foundation and is a Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation. He graduated from Syracuse University in the United States, and has been a member of a number of UAE academic institutions and councils. He is the former head of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. In 2011, he was appointed to the Federal National Council’s 15th Chapter as a representative of the Emirate of Dubai, and elected uncontested as Speaker.

Omar Ghobash

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Omar Saif Ghobash is an author and diplomat, currently serving the United Arab Emirates as Assistant Minister for Culture and Public Diplomacy. Previously, he served as Ambassador to France (2017-2018) and Ambassador to Russia (2008-2017).

In addition to his diplomatic work, he sponsors the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation and is a founding trustee of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in collaboration with the Man Booker Prize in London. He serves on the acquisition committee of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the advisory body of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College London, and the board of trustees of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy in Abu Dhabi.

He recently launched a new company that focuses on the publishing of modern Arabic fiction, Kaleem Books. Ghobash holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of London in addition to a BA in Law from Oxford University.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Omar Ghobash is not able to attend The London Book Fair.


Reem Al-Kamali

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Reem Al-Kamali is an Emirati writer and novelist currently working as editor and columnist for Al Bayan newspaper. Her first published novel Sultanate of Hormuz was released in 2013, winning her Al Owais Award for Creativity in 2015. Her second novel The Dalma Statue was released in 2018 and won the Sharjah Award for Arab Creativity. She has also been awarded Sayidaty magazine's Award for Excellence and Innovation in March 2016.

Al-Kamali is an active member of the Emirates Writers Union, Al Owais Award for Creativity and the UAE Journalists Association. She has a BA in History and is passionate about literature, antiquities, and art.

Salha Obaid

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Salha Obaid is an Emirati writer. Her first book of short stories, Alzheimers, was published in 2010 and was translated into German the following year. Her next two collections were: Postman of Happiness (2012) and iPad of Life in the Manner of Zorba (2014). Her third book An Implicitly White Lock of Hair (2015) won the 2016 Al Owais Award for Creative Writing. She is a member of the council of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and the Association of Emirati Women Writers, and founder of the “Society of the Intellectual” project. She was awarded the Young Emiratis Prize (creative writing category) in 2017, for her literary work and UAE-Italy Exchange Short Story Award in 2013. Her first novel, Maybe It’s a Joke, was published in 2018.

Salha has a Bachelor Degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Sharjah, UAE.


Sultan AlAmeemi

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Sultan AlAmeemi is a critic, poet, researcher and novelist from the United Arab Emirates. He is currently the Director of the Arab Poetry Academy of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, the first specialized academy of its kind in the Arab world.

He has been a member of the jury of the Million’s Poet Competition for Nabati Poetry since its first season in 2006. The competition is the largest and most important competition for Nabati Poetry in the Arab world.
He is also the editor of the Million’s Poet Magazine. AlAmeemi writes Nabati and pure poetry, some of which has been translated into English. He has written two novels: P.O 1003One Room Is Not Enough, and four collections of stories including Page 79 of My DiaryThe Apple to Enter Paradise and Elegant Crows



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