The Dubai International Writers’ Centre was launched by the Emirates Literature Foundation on Monday to support aspiring writers and host inspiring literary events.
The centre, in Dubai’s Al Shindagha neighbourhood, is the first project from the foundation in its effort to create a hub for writers and help develop young talent.
“This is the first major initiative by the foundation and is an effort to grow the literary scene in the Emirates and the region,” says Isobel Abulhoul, the ELF chief executive and trustee.
“We plan to have not just local events, but host regional events and international conferences and open it to a much wider audience throughout the year.
“It is very important for us to support creative writing in Arabic and English, so we will be offering courses to kick-start writers who have the potential but need a little push to open their minds and create.”
The centre plans to invite well-known resident and international speakers and authors to share their expertise in publishing and marketing. Courses for journalists and themed networking sessions will also be among the regular events.
“The centre will be open seven days a week, just so people are encouraged to come along and find their creative spirit,” says Abulhoul.
Abdulla Al Shaer, the director of the centre, believes the institution will strengthen Dubai’s position in the literary field.
“We will be creating bridges and creating a space for people to exchange ideas,” he says. “And it won’t just be in Arabic or English, we will be hosting events in other languages, as well.”
• For more information about events at the centre, visit its Facebook page