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VIDEO: Isobel Abulhoul on books, technology, Arab authors & literature festival

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

“What has been so incredible for me is how many world class speakers are also writers and these are the movers and shakers of government policy, of trips to Mars, you name it, they are here”. This is how Isobel Abulhoul, the CEO and Trustee of Emirates Literature Foundation and Festival Director, described the World Government Summit in Dubai last week, speaking exclusively to Al Arabiya English. As the Emirates Festival of Literature is just round the corner, she understandably got ...

The need for better children’s books for Arabs who live abroad

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

As soon as my husband and I found out we were pregnant with our daughter Samya, who was born last March, we knew we wanted to raise her to speak Arabic. Since my husband is a midwestern from Kansas who didn’t know what zaatar was and refused to eat plain yogurt until he met me, we decided we were going to follow the OPOL method. One parent one language. I would speak to her in Arabic and my husband would speak to her in English. (Check back with me in two years to see if it works!) ...

Why did this Egyptian man put his library on the street?

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Ghareeb al-Sheikh is a 50-year-old Egyptian citizen. He came up with an idea to put a home library in the street and in front of his small kiosk where he offered his books for free borrowing, in order to educate young people and encourage them to read. Ghareeb works as a newspapers salesman in the Dekheila area of Alexandria. He told Al Arabiya that he has a library of about 390 books. After reading most of it, he felt that it should be available to others to benefit from his books and enjoy ...

Sharjah Book Fair and Louvre Abu Dhabi

Thursday, 9 November 2017

The Sharjah International Book Fair and the inauguration of the Louvre Abu Dhabi have thrilled us in the UAE. The Book Fair displays publications, which delve into the details of those who are flawed. It gives them wings and allows them to fly toward the sun.The exhibition is thus a real place for creative men who are fond of words. Meanwhile, the Louvre museum brought us the most significant works of art and historical artifacts from the Louvre in Paris.In order to live, books and art are as ...

Reem Al-Kamali

Human library programs unleash real life storytelling in India

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

A new library movement is gaining momentum in India with human beings replacing books and readers turning into listeners as ‘living books’ tell them stories and hold two-way conversations. Today 10 cities – Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Surat, Indore, Gurgraon, Delhi and Chandigarh – have a Human Library. Kolkata, the country’s cultural capital, will soon have one too. The first Human Library sprouted in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2000, when an ...

Young Emirati woman writer promotes mindfulness and positivity in her work

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Young Emirati author and self-development coach Hanan al- Samak put all her positive thoughts in her book “Hayatak” (Your Life). Hanan spoke to Al Arabiya about how to be positive and embrace positivity in one’s life. She advocates connecting positivity to being realistic. Positivity is not synonymous to “smiling or having a smiley face,” she said. In her interview with Al Arabiya, Hanan said:  “We do not live in an ideal world so to be positive we have ...

Author sheds light on Saudi culture in his bestselling book

Friday, 14 April 2017

Dr. Abdul Al Lily, an Oxford graduate and an assistant professor at King Faisal University launched ‘The Bro Code of Saudi Culture’ last year. It is his first book and the first to be published in English, Spanish and soon Chinese. It is an Amazon bestseller. It has been talked about in different languages and by magazines, journals and newspapers. It is recommended by international institutions such as the University of Manchester and by known figures, like Dr James M. Dorsey ...

Algeria issues new regulations on importing of Quran copies

Monday, 23 January 2017

Any publications found flouting new regulations will have their licenses withdrawn

On the departure of a calm historian

Monday, 15 August 2016

The voices of enthusiasts about books, documentation and research on history are not heard much

Turki Aldakhil

When the plumber is a reader

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Methodology develops with time, and the appropriate approach is eventually established

Turki Aldakhil

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