Abu Dhabi Announces September Programme for Qasr Al Watan Library

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The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced a packed schedule of events during September at Qasr Al Watan Library, based within the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi. The programme includes panel discussions and workshops with renowned authors, academics and journalists.

The programme begins on 8 September, 2019 with the “Award-winning Author’s Experience” panel discussion, hosted by the Saudi children’s writer and academic Dr. Arwa Al Khamis, Associate Professor at King Abdulaziz University (KAU) in Jeddah.

Dr. Al Khamis has a Ph.D. in fashion history and is the owner of Arwa Al-Arabeia Publishing. Her book, Ana Roumi won the Best Arabic Children’s Book award at the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF), and she has been the guest of several regional and international book fairs, including ones in London, New York, Prague, and Frankfurt. During this session, Dr. Al Khamis will talk about her writing experiences, her passion for reading and the secrets of her success.

A session titled “Culture Beyond Borders” on 11 September will be led by Hani Al Naqshbandi, the Saudi journalist, writer and novelist, in which he will address literary and cultural issues and their impact on our lives. Al Nakshabandi is considered one of the luminaries of Saudi literature with many published many novels to his name, including Ekhtilas and Salam and Al Khateeb. His yet to-be-published novel Qisset Hulum (Story of A Dream) has already been adapted into a TV drama called Sane’ Al Ahlam (Dream Maker).

September’s calendar of events at Qasr Al Watan Library will also include a three-day workshop called “Talented Pens”, which will be presented by the Emirati children’s author Noura Al Khouri. Taking place from 22 to 24 September, the workshop sessions will be dedicated to developing the skills of budding writers in the field of creative writing. Al Khouri has written nine books to date and is also one of the writers for Iftah Ya Simsim, the Arabic version of Sesame Street.

Since its inauguration, Qasr Al Watan Library has hosted monthly cultural events that aim to further the library’s vision and cultural orientation to support the knowledge economy by encouraging reading and fostering an interest in classical Arabic literature.

Recently opened to the public, Qasr Al Watan Library, located within the Presidential Palace, is a world-class cultural destination. The Library is also considered a unique addition to the series of public libraries across Abu Dhabi, which aims to provide a source of knowledge through the use of state-of-the-art technologies. The Library has a vast collection of books on science and art, including many about the UAE, which has been collected over 35 years.

All cultural activities take place at the Library from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

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