Emirates Literature Foundation’s Kateb Maktub team named Wikimedians of UAE User Group

Following spectacular results in driving visibility of Arab authors on Wikipedia, the Emirates Literature Foundation’s Kateb Maktub team today steps up to replace the previous UAE Wikimedia User group.

Emirates Literature Foundation created Kateb Maktub to give visibility to Arab literature. Since its launch in December 2020, it has rapidly gained momentum with Arab author pages on Wikipedia increasing by 320%, or 4,800 pages. In contrast, the 12 months between September 2019 and August 2020, there were only 100 new Arab author pages created.

As the official User Group for the UAE, Kateb Maktub will be able to accelerate the movement through global collaborations, organise Wikimedia conferences, use UAE Wikimedia User Group trademark and apply for grants from the Wikimedia Foundation.

Ahlam Bolooki, Director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, and new Leader of the User Group, said: “Wikipedia is one of the world’s most visited websites, and the first point of reference for many people around the globe. Being named the UAE User Group will help us take the next step on our journey of bringing Emirati and Arab literature to the global Wikipedia community, and the world.”

User groups are important in the Wikimedia movement and empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content and disseminate it effectively and globally. A User Group must present an activity report to the Affiliations Committee annually, which forms the basis for renewal.

The announcement is shared on the meta.wikimedia.org platform today and can be viewed here.

To get involved in the Kateb Maktub movement, prospective volunteers can visit katebmaktub.org.

More information about the Emirates Literature Foundation can be found online and year-round news of #EmiratesLitFest on LinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

You can also tune in to the Foundation’s two podcasts; the Best of the Emirates LitFest, and the Boundless Book Club.

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