Presenting “Arab World” segment in “Talking of Books” Radio show
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has organised a Knowledge and Reading Open Day. A large number of technical and administrative employees attended the event. The Open Day supports the directives of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, who declared 2016 as the Year of Reading in the UAE. The step also supports the Arab Reading Challenge, which was launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the largest project in the Arab world to encourage students to read.
Mutanabbi Street is a celebrated part of Baghdad named for the 10th century Iraqi poet. It is filled with bookstores and cafes where people have gathered for centuries to exchange knowledge and ideas, and has been dubbed the heart and soul of Baghdad’s literary community.
But 10 years ago, on March 5, 2007, 26 people were killed when a car bomb exploded – destroying lives, businesses, and the vibrancy of this intellectual meeting place. Since then, the street has reopened, but the lives that were changed that day remain changed forever.
In Dubai, U.A.E. on March 5th – Hend Saeed will coordinate a reading at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. This reading will be in Arabic and English.