Dubai Culture continues to inspire future generations through the virtual reading box in its second week

  • A journey through the art of storytelling via the ‘My Story’ book.
  • Emirati and Arab poets are highlighted during a session held in cooperation with the Center for Greek and Arabic Literature and Culture.
  • A workshop is organised on how to make a reading calendar in an easy and creative manner.

Dubai, UAE: Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) continues to inspire members of society, especially future generations, to explore the world of knowledge and motivate them to practice reading as a daily habit through the activities of The Reading Box 2021, which is taking place digitally this year and is in its second week.

As part of the week’s programme, a workshop entitled ‘Rediscovering Storytelling’ will be held whereby attendees will explore the art of storytelling and its impact through ‘My Story,’ the book that was penned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The workshop will provide participants with a valuable opportunity to interact with the narrative style that His Highness used in recounting key moments of his personal life as well as learn the techniques that can be applied in their stories utilising their individual styles. It will also shed light on the importance of narrative skills and their effect on communicating with others and developing added cognitive, emotional, and social skills.

The workshop, which will take place on today, 14 March, from 4:30 – 6 p.m. on Microsoft Teams, will be presented by Jamaal Careem, a passionate youth development leader with distinguished experience in public speaking and professional coaching. It will be presented in English and is aimed at participants aged 15 and over.

On 17 March, attendees will enjoy an enriching session titled ‘Women in Greek and Arab Poetry,’ which will be held in cooperation with the Center for Greek and Arabic Literature and Culture, a non-profit centre that presents a platform for dialogue and debate via programmes aimed at increasing awareness of Greek and Arab literature and poetry, highlighting the commonalities between both cultures. The session constitutes an evening of poetry presented by the centre by way of a dialogue among poets Nujoom Al-Ghanem (UAE), Lamia Makaddam (Tunisia), Aisha Al-Saifi (Oman), Lily Mikhailithi (Cyprus), and Athena Papadaki (Greece). This dialogue will address the creativity of women and the inspiring presence they hold in poetry.

Based on its awareness of the positive impact of local and international cooperation and partnerships in promoting knowledge development, Dubai Culture seeks through this session to shed light on Emirati and Arab writers and poets, thus providing an opportunity to support the creative industry and local creative talents, ultimately strengthening Dubai’s position on the global cultural scene. 

This session is aimed at the youth and will be presented in Arabic and Greek 9 – 10:30 p.m. UAE time (7 – 8:30 p.m. Greek time) via Zoom.

On Thursday, 18 March, an interesting and informative workshop for kids, ‘Make Your Reading Calendar,’ will be held in Arabic 10 – 11 a.m. on Microsoft Teams. The workshop will be presented by Sheikha Al Bidwawi, a passionate employee at the children’s department at Hatta Public Library who is skilled at drawing, sewing and handicrafts, among others, and who had won the silver medal in the Dubai World Hospitality Championships. She will provide participants with tips on creating a reading calendar for the books they read in an easy and creative manner. 

These workshops and sessions come within the framework of Dubai Culture’s continuous keenness to activate National Reading Month and as part of the vital role the Authority plays through its programmes across the year in promoting reading among society and making it an established habit to build a knowledgeable society capable of leading the path towards sustainable development in Dubai and the UAE. 

Links to the workshops and sessions as well as updates on National Reading Month can be viewed on Dubai Public Libraries’ Instagram account: @dubaipubliclibraries.