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Collaboration between Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) and the Emirates Writer’s Union to publish six works by leading Emirati authors

Riwaq Al Adab 28th Mar 2017

Abu Dhabi Festival Celebrates Arabic Literature with Riwaq Al Adab Wal Kitab

Celebrating and nurturing Emirati literature, Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) yesterday launched the third edition of Abu Dhabi Festival’s writing programme, Riwaq al Adab wal Kitab, held in association with the Emirates Writer’s Union, Dar Nabati and Dar Hamaleel.

Marking the third year of the ADMAF initiative as part of the Abu Dhabi Festival’s monumental cultural programme, Riwaq al Adab wal Kitab seeks to develop the UAE literature sector by supporting the publishing of works by Emirati authors. This year, ADMAF has collaborated with the country’s leading publishing houses to release a total of five books by esteemed Emirati authors,: Kingdoms of The Date Palm Tree by Dr. Mansour Jassem Al Shamsi, Return of Absentee by Bassima Younis, Plenty in the Shade by Ahmad Eissa Al Asam (with Emirates Writers Union); For The Wind by Shaikha Al Jaberi,  (with Dar Nabati); and Happiness and Tolerance by Abdul Majeed Al Marzooqi (with Dar Hamaleel). Also present at the launch will be Mohammed Abdullah Nouraldin (with Dar Nabati), with his novel Rubaiyat Al Khayyam.

Building upon previous years, the 2017 programme also hosted extensive creative writing workshops across Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Dubai. Held in collaboration with the Emirates Writer’s Union, the workshops were conducted by Sameh Kaawach, Salem Abu Jamhour, Bassima Younes and Ahmad Eissa Al Asam.  

Since its launch in 2015, ADMAF’s Riwaq al Adab wal Kitab has supported the release of 18 publications in the UAE. Previous releases are: Take Off Your Shoes by Yasser Hareb; Three Women in a City by Alya Ibrahim; Cities, Travelling & Leaving by Aysha Sultan; Al Gharbia: A Bird with Eight Wings by Ali Abu Areesh; Emirati Faces by Ali Abu Areesh; Glossary of the Colloquial Emirati Dialect by Dr. Falih Handhal;  The Fantastic Hot Air Balloon by Shaima Al Marzooqi; I Love My Mom’s Pretty Veil by Maitha Al Khayat; The Bedouin Penguins by Asma Al Ketbi; Dowan by Khawla Al Tayer; Rubaiyat Al Khayyam by Mohammed Nouraldin, and Philosophical Insights in Government and Equestrianism by Ali Abu Al Reesh.

The Abu Dhabi Festival is presented and organised by Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation. ADMAF is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that seeks to nurture the arts, education, culture and creativity for the benefit of society and advancement of Abu Dhabi’s cultural vision. 

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