Habib Yousef Abdallah Al Sayegh

11th Sep

Emirati poet was born in Abu Dhabi in 1955, he holds a Bachelor of Philosophy in 1977 and a Master of Comparative Linguistics, University of London in 1998.

He served as director of Internal Media at the Ministry of Information and Culture in 1977, and Deputy Editor of Al Etihad newspaper 1978. Founded and became the editor of Awraq Cultural magazine from 1982 to 1995, and had a broad and profound impact on the cultural movement, locally and regionally. He currently is the Advisor at Dar Al Khaleej   and Executive Chief Editor, Chairman of the Union of the Emirates Writers, Secretary General of the General Conference of the Emirates writers and authors, Assistant Secretary-General of the General Union of Arab Writers, and deputy editor of the "Arab writer" magazine published by the General Union of Arab writers, chairman of the National Committee of ethical journalism in the UAE.

He worked as Vice Chairman of the Emiratization and Human Resources Development in the State media sector. He also served as Director General of the Sultan Bin Zayed Centre for Culture and Media. Head of the UAE delegation to the Civil Society Forum for the Future. He presided has participated in various meetings of the Forum and held workshops in recent years since the Forum inception.

Associate Press writer in the UAE since the beginning of its establishment and has a daily  column had not been interrupted since February 1978.He edited the first page  for promising pens in  journalism of the UAE (Al Etihad newspaper - Pen Club -1978) and established the first cultural supplement in the Emirates (Al Fajr Newspaper-1980). Journalists Association of the UAE honored him in 2008 as the first journalist to spend 35 years in the national press service.

 In 2004 he obtained the Triyam Omran Award –   Pioneers of Journalism Category, handed to him by   His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.   In 2007 he was offered the State Merit Award, branch of Arts, and was the first time that given to a poet, offered to him by the President of the UAE His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Honored Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah honored him as the Personality of the Year for Cultural Exhibition of Sharjah International Book Fair 2012.

He is considered one of the pioneers of the new peotry movement in the UAE and the Gulf region, it has been written about him hundreds of studies and his poems have been translated into English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese.

He has a prominent role in the cultural movement in the UAE, and has a strong presence in the cultural activities supervised by and guided by him.

He is most famous UAE writer in the Arab world among the intellectuals, due to his early Arab production, and his works have been debated in many Arab conferences and international symposia. He   issued among his productions many critical studies including: "Biography of clouds babbling" of the Palestinian critic Sameh Kawash, (Habib Al Sayegh Poetic Experience) by the critic Mohammed Abdullahi Nur al-Din.  The Department of Culture and Information of Sharjah issued a book about him with the participation of thirty researchers from various Arab countries, has been nominated as a candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature.

The Arab Writers Unions elected him a president of the Executive Committee of the Arab Creativity translation project in   2013. The Commission is currently working to translate one hundred Arab novels  have selected the best in the twentieth century, and one hundred works in the story, novel and poetry until the first decade  of the twenty-first century  .

He has published poetry collections as following:

-1 Here is the bar of Bani Abs,   General Assembly 1980,2-  the Last statement of the Spokesman of himself 1981 .   3- Poems to Beirut 1982.   4 – Mayara 1982.  5-   Features 1986. 6- Poems about the Sea    1993.  7- Rose of Old Age 1995, 8- Tomorrow 1986. 9- Diagram of giraffes Herd 2011.  10- Breaking Weight in 2011.  11- I call Perdition my Son 2012.  12- The complete Poetic Works in two Volumes 2012. Will be issued to him soon: Sparrow in the Country of Birds (a collection of essays). The North Towards the heart (a collection of essays). Poems of love for Sheikh Zayed (poems Collection).  Neglected Poems (a  Collection of Poems).  A woman (An Open Text).    Wings and Walls (Artistic Texts).