Khulood Al Mu’alla
Khulood Al Mu’alla was born in Umm Al Quwain and grew up in Ras Al Khaimah. She gained her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from UAE University, later obtaining her Master’s degree in Project Management from Reading University and a Bachelor’s degree in Arabic Language from Beirut University. She currently works in Abu Dhabi for a well-known educational institution.
Khulood has published five volumes of poetry: Here, I Lost the Time; You, Alone; Ha’ of the Absent; Perhaps Here; and I Hold the Edge of the Light. In 2011, Dubai Cultural Magazine published a selection of her poems as Never Quenched. Translations of her poetry have been published in Spanish and Turkish.
A major presence in the Gulf poetic scene for over a decade, Khulood was awarded the Buland Al Haidari Award for Young Arab Poets at the 30th Aseela International Cultural Festival in Morocco, an event that celebrates visionary poets and intellectuals from the Arab World. She was the first poet from the Gulf to win this award.
Critics have received her work favourably, saying that it ‘touches the spirit, takes it high to beautiful horizons and leaves it in harmony with itself and more capable of discovering the hidden meanings of life and its details’.