Here We Start – Issue #56

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Artwork by Hayat AlHassan (@HayatAlH)

November is finally starting with all its galore. It’s the month of two main events in UAE: Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) and AbuDhabi Art Fair. This is the 33rd year the SIBF is running. I still remember when I was a kid and my father used to take us there to get our books stock for the year, as bookshops weren’t exactly as wide spread as they are nowadays. I used to be so fascinated by this fair, actually, I still am! I get excited months before it starts, and I begin to plan my agenda around its schedule of events, ensuring I go few times to get the most of it, browse the new and old books available, and buy my pick. This is one ritual I don’t think I’ll give up in my life, because till date, nothing beats the feeling of being in the middle of books and people who love books and reading. It often feels like finding home within home.

SIBF will open its door to the public on 5th November and will bid us a farewell on the 15th, so make sure you make the most out of it, you’d be surprised what you can find there! Post on your social media your SIBF finds, and tag us so we can be part of it. Our 4th anniversary prints will be available in Knowledge Without Border’s stand in SIBF, make sure you get your copy if you don’t already have one.


I’m honored to announce the joining of two new sailors to the team, bringing along with them amazing content and knowledge:

Abdulla Al-Wahedi: Abdulla holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Master’s in Business Administration, and long experience in telecom and properties. His abstract passion for history and literature with a hint of photography adds to his noble enduring quality. Abdulla enjoys visiting museums, art exhibitions and likes to spend his spare time in the outdoors. His column “Emirati Reflections” is a mixture of stories from the past and insights of the present, which blends and formulates his understanding of the UAE’s culture.

Haleema AlOwais: Haleema is the Director of Bin Owais Holding since 2007; overseeing construction, project management and real estate management, master’s student in Urban planning in the AUS with a two-year stint in Sharjah TV. Unconventional working mother, avid traveller, introverted bookworm, background in psychology, a great believer in the need for a continuous soul-searching and self-discovery. Her column “Bringing Out the Rumi in You” will be exploring the philosophical views of current societal paradigm shifts, revelations and everyday experiences.

I hope you enjoy their columns as I’ve enjoyed hearing about their column ideas from them, and reading their first drafts.

And now to our 56th issue for the month of November 2014:

Hats off to our incredible editorial team: Aida AlBusaidy and Dhabya AlMuhairi. Enjoy our reads, and don’t forget to check out our inspired artworks by our talented creative team: Dana AlAttar, Hayat AlHassan, Marwa Fuad, led by Maryam Zainal.

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Warm regards,
Iman Ben Chaibah
Editor in Chief

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