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

28th Mar

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.

H.E. Hoda Al Khamis-Kanoo, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) and the Abu Dhabi Festival said; “At ADMAF, we are committed to developing UAE literary expression, be it through supporting works by Emirati authors or collaborating with key leaders. As part of this year’s Riwaq Al Adab Wal Kitab, we are proud to collaborate with the Emirates Publishers Association, the Emirates Writers Union and the country’s leading publishing houses to highlight the wealth of literary talent. It marks a major step in keeping UAE’s rich Arabic literature alive, and we hope to inspire younger generations to expand their horizons in national literature.”

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. 

Dr. Habib Al Sayegh, Secretary General of Emirates Writers Union: “This initiative is the ideal, model partnership between non-profit-making cultural foundations. The Emirates Writers Union values the commitment of the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation to support and nurture creative literature and knowledge development. It strengthens existing efforts to support UAE as well as Arab creatives and intellectuals, and to promote their cultural achievements nationally and internationally.”

H.E. added, “These publications reflect a significant commitment to UAE heritage and Arabic culture – highlighting the breadth and depth of knowledge and literature production. It signifies the wish to create a brighter future for literacy and literature, exemplified by the commitment of the UAE’s wise leadership to promote culture in society.”

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.