Home 5 Interviews 5 UAE’s history 2000 years ago is to be portrayed in a novel by Mohammed Al Habsi

UAE’s history 2000 years ago is to be portrayed in a novel by Mohammed Al Habsi

by | Oct 23, 2019 | Interviews

It seems that the scent of heritage is a key component of the works of Emirati writer Mohammed Al Habsi, Acting Director of the Arts Department at the Culture and Arts Authority in Dubai (Dubai Culture). His latest book, “100 Stories about Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid”, is a collection of stories and feats of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The book is an extension of his previous experience with his book “100 Stories about Sheikh Zayed”, in which he provides a glimpse of the late, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, making it a documentation of the march of the founder of the United Arab Emirates.

In our interview with him, Al Habsi acknowledged the heritage impact on him as he always seeks to document heritage. Al Habsi also revealed that he is currently writing a new novel about UAE’s history two thousand years ago.

Al-Habsi considered his book “100 stories about Sheikh Zayed” as a reference for scholars and researchers. “The book is an important fulcrum that is capable of attracting anyone who is looking for the stands and life of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Through this book, I sought to introduce the new generation to Sheikh Zayed’s character, feats and some of his stands in life.”

Emirates Novel Award

In his novel “Satan’s Hut”, for which he received an encouragement prize at the UAE Emirates Novel Award 2015, Al Habsi presents another face of love, where loyalty intersects with supernatural fates that is full of sorrows and bitterness in a breathtaking mythical contexts. “Through “Satan’s Hut”, I tried to integrate imagination with reality using local heritage vocabulary,  and of course the exceptional UAE’s mountain environment was a key element”, he said.

Al Habsi pointed out that he has been working for almost two years to make a new novel about the UAE 2,000 years ago. “In my new novel, I try to tell the many facts and attitudes that go back to that time, and to show how life, housing and living were in that ancient history,” he added.

About how local heritage has influenced his writings, Al Habsi said: “I do admit that I am deeply influenced by heritage. Maybe this is derived from the nature of my life and my lifelong accompaniment of the elderly for almost 37 years.”

Search for literary tourism

On the other hand, Al Habsi stressed that the UAE has succeeded in activating cultural tourism, while the distance between it and literary tourism is still far. “Cultural tourism is not confined only to museums, but also includes all the things that enable the tourist to learn about the customs and traditions of the state, its monuments, heritage, folk songs, restaurants and other features, and I think the UAE has gone a long way in this area”, he concluded.

Recent News

23May
Alice Oseman’s Auction Supports Gaza Aid Efforts

Alice Oseman’s Auction Supports Gaza Aid Efforts

Alice Oseman, bestselling author of the YA Heartstopper books, has raised nearly £20,000 for children in Gaza in a special auction organised by Save the Children.  Not Alone: The Alice Osman Fundraiser for Children in Gaza included Alice Oseman bookplates and Heartstopper enamel pins as well as ‘signed and doodled’ Alice Oseman books.  Save the […]

23May
‘Kairos’ Claims Victory at International Booker Prize 2024

‘Kairos’ Claims Victory at International Booker Prize 2024

The 2024 International Booker Prize has been claimed by “Kairos,” a poignant German novel delving into a tumultuous love affair set in 1980s Germany. Authored by Jenny Erpenbeck and masterfully translated by Michael Hofmann, this literary gem captivates readers with its exploration of love against the backdrop of political turmoil.   Eleanor Watchel, chair of […]

23May
Lord Byron’s Lost Memoirs Were “Evil”

Lord Byron’s Lost Memoirs Were “Evil”

  A letter describing the contents of Lord Byron’s lost memoirs revealing how he “set his mind to evil” has been discovered in a university library. It was written by Elizabeth Palgrave, from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, in 1823 after a visit to a publishing house. The “bad boy” poet gave his memoirs to a friend […]

Related Posts

Big Bad Wolf Books is Roaring Again

Big Bad Wolf Books is Roaring Again

Meeting the Big Bad Wolf himself. Malaysia’s Andrew Yap The Malaysian bookseller snappily called Big Bad Wolf Books is roaring again.  It has plans to take its revolutionary approach of cheap books for all into new parts of Africa – specifically Uganda in...

Amelia Smith Exclusive interview “Behind the Sun”

Amelia Smith Exclusive interview “Behind the Sun”

Amelia Smith Interview Amelia Smith is a journalist and a writer with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa region. We caught up with her in an exclusive interview to discuss her novel ‘Behind The Sun’ and her work in general. What interests and inspires you? I...

Zoulfa Katouh: Q and A

Zoulfa Katouh: Q and A

What made you write As Long As The Lemon Trees Grow ? Can you talk us through the process, from how you were inspired, why and how you choose the title and how long did it take you to write it. When I moved to Switzerland, I had a lot of people ask me about Syria. I...

Previous Next
Close
Test Caption
Test Description goes like this

Pin It on Pinterest