Today's Google Doodle is celebrating the life of
Egyptian science-fiction writer Ahmed Khaled Towfik.
Towfik, who was one of the best-selling authors in his genre, left more than 500 books to his name following his death in 2018.
Born in Tanta, Egypt, Towfik started writing at the early age of 10, but only started publishing his novels at 32.
One of his most prominent books is
Utopia, a story set in a futuristic and exclusive gated community in Egypt where over-privileged kids hunt impoverished “Others” who live beyond the gates for sport, bringing back limbs as trophies. The book was translated into five languages from its original Arabic.
Netflix announced that it will be producing an Arabic original series called Paranormal based on Towfik's book series Ma Waraa Al Tabiaa, with Egyptian producer and Cairo International Film Festival president Mohammed Hefzy and young director Amr Salama, who released the critically acclaimed drama Sheikh Jackson last year.
Here's a look at other past regional Google Doodles:
Algerian artist Mohammed Racim has been honoured with a Google Doodle to celebrate what would have been his 125th birthday on June 24. Courtesy Google
Tunisia's Tawhida Ben Cheikhwas a pioneer in women's medicine. Courtesy Google
Egyptian actor and director Nour El-Sherif is today's Google Doodle, honouring him on what would have been his 75th birthday. Courtesy Google
Google has celebrated Syrian-Egyptian composer and actor Farid Al Atrash with a Google Doodle to mark what would have been his 110th birthday. Courtesy Google
Notaila Rashed has been honoured with a special Google Doodle to mark her 86th birthday. Google
Egyptian actress, producer, writer and filmmaker Bahiga Hafez was born 112 years ago on August 4. Courtesy Google
The Google Doodle for January 20, 2020 celebrates Mufidah Abdul Rahman.
Google Doodle on June 10, 2019 celebrates Egyptian author Ahmed Khaled Towfik. Googl
Google Doodle has honoured Iranian mathematician, poet and astronomer Omar Khayyam on what would have been his 971st birthday.
Mary Mounib was a legendary actress in the Egyptian cinema scene. Her 114th birthday was marked on February 11, 2019 Google Doodle
Egyptian poet Gamila El Alaily has been honoured in a Google Doodle on March 20, 2019.
Syrian artist Louay Kayali is the subject of Google's doodle on January 20, 2019.
Dalida's Google Doodle gif on January 17, 2019.
Hind Rostom's 87th birthday was noted by Google on November 12, 2018.
Ibn Sina, one of the greatest thinkers of Islam's golden age was honoured on August 7, 2018.
This Google Doodle honours Talal Maddah on what would have been his 78th birthday on August 5, 2018
A Google Doodle gif marked actor Omar Sharif's birthday on April 10, 2018.
Farouk Shousha was honoured by Google on what would have been his 82nd birthday on January 9, 2018. Courtesy Google
Google celebratied the Lebanese icon Sabah's 90th birthday on November 10, 2017.
Inji Aflatoun's Google Doodle pays homage of her style of bold brushstrokes.
Google celebrates Mohammed Khadda's birthday, born March 14, 1930.
Who was Omar Khayyam? Google Doodle honours Iranian mathematician and poet
'The Book of Cairo' sheds light on life and laughter in the Egyptian city through short stories
Black Panthers, revolution and then exile: an American's time in Algeria