Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Rafia Ghubash
The first Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Lifetime Achievement Award has been awarded to Dr. Rafia Ghubash, founder of the Women’s Museum, UAE, at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, for her work in raising the profile of Emirati women poets, especially of Ousha bint Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Suwaidi. She accepted the award from Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor and Festival Director, Isobel Abulhoul.
Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor congratulated Dr. Ghubash and said, “I am very pleased to present this honour to Dr. Rafia Obaid Ghubash, she works tirelessly to raise the profile of women in our country. She has single-handedly opened the Women’s Museum – a spectacular museum that showcases women throughout our history – including renowned Emirati poet Ousha bint Khalifa Al Suweidi. Dr. Ghubash is a role model for all women, not just Emirati women.”
Isobel Abulhoul said: “Dr. Rafia Ghubash should be congratulated for her hard work in bringing the work of poet and legend Ousha bint Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Suwaidi to the attention of the young of today, and reawakening interest in the beautiful work of Ousha, whom we are honouring as Festival Personality this year. We would like to thank Khalaf Ahmad al Habtoor for his support in instituting this award, which further celebrates literary achievement in the UAE.”
Ghubash, who is Ousha bint Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Suwaidi’s official biographer, is a Full Professor of Psychiatry and Consultant Psychiatrist and President of the Arab Network for Women in Science and Technologyand holds both the UK and Arab Board Certificates in Psychiatry (BCO Psych. 1990, and ABCO Psych. 1997).She has also served as a member of WHO’s Scientific Committees,World Future Council in Germany,Advisory Council for UNDP and of the Board of Trustees for the Sheikh Khalifa Educational Awards in UAE.
Her many honors and awards include the Rashid Awards for Distinguished Scientist (1988 and 1992), Al-Owais Research Award (1992, 1994 and 1995), Award of Distinction for Citizens from Umalmomenien Women Association (2002), and the Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Award for Medical Sciences (2003/2004).
The Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Lifetime Achievement Award was established to recognize outstanding and long-lasting contributions to the world of literary endeavour and is awarded to an individual who has made significant contributions to literature in the UAE.
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About the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature:
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together with authors from across the world to promote education, debate and above all else, love of reading and writing.
The Festival creates a wonderful opportunity for UAE nationals, residents and visitors to meet world famous authors, attend literary debates, listen to readings, participate in workshops and experience the exciting fringe and children’s events. Writing competitions and an inter-school quiz are amongst the educational highlights, and young people also have the chance to hear and meet some of their favourite writers. With simultaneous translation between Arabic and English for select sessions, the Festival is a meeting of minds where ideas are shared and friendships are formed – not least among the authors themselves.
The 2014 Festival which has become an eagerly anticipated annual event will welcome more than 120 writers, thinkers and speakers from 25 countries. It is expected that 30,000+ visitors will attend the Festival which will have over 200 one-off sessions and unique events to be experienced and enjoyed in a programme that has been designed for wide appeal, with something to suit every taste.
The 2014 Festival will be held March 4-8, 2014 at The Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and in partnership with Emirates and the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts, and heritage.
The LitFest also hosts a regular series of literary events during the winter months (October-April) at its home – Dar Al Adaab (House of Literature) in Al Fahidi Historic Area under the banner The Open Door Series presented by Costa Coffee.
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About Dubai Culture & Arts Authority:
The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) was launched on March 8, 2008 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Dubai Culture plays a critical part in achieving the vision of the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 of establishing the city as vibrant, global Arabian metropolis that shapes culture and arts in the region and the world.
The organisation has announced several initiatives that strengthen the historic and modern cultural fabric of Dubai. These include: The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Patrons of the Arts Awards:The first of its kind initiative in the Arab world honouring individuals and organisations who have made financial or in kind contributions through sustained support to visual arts, performing arts, literature and film in the region; Sikka Art Fair: An annual art fair aimed at promoting Emirati and local artists in the UAE; and Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre: An annual festival that celebrates and fosters the art of theatre in the UAE.