Sheikha Salama's mission is to raise awareness around Emirati cultural heritage through children's books.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Acclaimed Emirati author and member of the UAE ruling family Sheikha Salama Bint Hazza Al Nahyan announces her participation in this year’s Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), set to take place from 3 November to 13 November 2021, as part of the promotional campaign around her latest children’s book release, The Horse, The Saluki, & The Falcon.
Under the guidance of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and under the flagship of Sharjah Book Authority, the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) is an annual international cultural event which exhibits and promotes the work of acclaimed Arabic and international authors, and the publishing industry. Additionally, the book fair runs intellectual, cultural, and artistic activities, and has established awards programmes in accordance with nomination and selection mechanisms implemented around the year awarding authors in different categories such as Best Emirati Book, Best International Book, Best Arabic Novel, The Publisher Recognition Awards, Cultural Personality of The Year, and The Turjuman Awards. With her participation in this year’s event, Sheikha Salama Bint Hazza Al Nahyan hopes to further support Its goal in promoting reading as a habit among the younger generation while instilling the love of literature among the people of the region.
The Horse, The Saluki & The Falcon is a collection of quotes that pays homage to the UAE, taking celebrated animals from the Emirati culture and turning them into icons of wisdom that impart lessons in empathy, love, and kindness. Taking stylistic inspiration from Charlie Mackesy’s critically acclaimed book, The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and The Horse, Sheikha Salama Bint Hazza Al Nahyan takes her knack for weaving percipience into prose. This latest release charts the author’s crossover into fiction for a more mature audience.
Renowned author Sheikha Salama Bint Hazza Al Nahyan shared, "I am humbled and honoured to take part in this esteemed event and exhibit my work. My mission is to raise awareness around our cultural heritage through a series of children's books and have people worldwide know more about our history and culture. That is why I have displayed my work in numerous reputable book fairs and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to display my books at the Sharjah International Book Fair.’’
Making her debut as an author in 2019 with her first book The Invisible Orphans, followed by four additional children’s books packed with stories and lessons, the prestigious writer made it a necessity to pay tribute to her Emirati heritage through her writing as she later discovered there are few books that represent the Emirati culture.
Sheikha Salama, an Emirati author and granddaughter of the late Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan, began her literary journey in 2015 after a year of exploring her creative side which led to her journey in writing fictional novels. It is the author’s mission to have her novels pay tribute to her Emirati culture and heritage, as it became apparent that there weren't enough stories and representation of the UAE in the literary world and the author wanted to be considered as one of the writers who sheds light on the Emirati culture in a modern story-telling way.
After writing her first novel, The Invisible Orphans, Sheikha Salama's next four books came with ease, and by 2019, the 21-year-old writer has published five books in total which are:
• The Invisible Orphans
• A Play on Children’s Rights
• The Well off Mysteries
• Umm Al Nar
• The Horse, The Saluki, & The Falcon
Visit Sheikha Salama Bint Hazza Al Nahyan’s website to purchase her books in hard copy or as an e-book.
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