DUBAI (Bernama) – Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) has announced the official launch of the first phase of its Dubai International Programme for Writing, ‘Writers Exchange’ between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Japan in partnership with Japan Arts and Culture Foundation.
As part of the exchange programme, two male and two female writers have been selected from the UAE and Japan who will stay for a while in each other’s countries, where they will get opportunities to exchange ideas based on their respective cultures and introduce their works.
On completion of their visits, the writers will narrate their experience to their readers through works in Arabic or Japanese.
Jamal bin Huwaireb, Managing Director of MBRF, said the Writers Exchange programme between the UAE and Japan is meant to strengthen the process of knowledge transfer and empower young Arab talents to develop their skills in order to enhance the contribution of Arab literature and creativity to the literary world.”
“Writers taking part in the programme will be able to communicate their experience and understanding to their readers. We are focusing more on outcome of the exchange programme, which is based on the first-hand experience of other cultures, as we believe that experience has a long term impact,” Jamal bin Huwaireb added.
Yusaku Imamura, senior advisor to the Japan Arts and Culture Foundation, said that the programme offered a new horizon of cultural exchange between the UAE and Japan.
“We are very happy and honoured to work with MBRF on this very important exchange programme. Japan and the UAE have many exchanges in the field of business, but until now we did not have significant official cultural exchanges. I hope this programme will be a great opportunity to set the pace for more cultural exchanges between the UAE and Japan,” he said.
The writers from the UAE, taking part in the programme are Al Hanoof Mohammed, Muhsin Suleiman, Talal Salim Al-Sabri, and Mariam Al Saedi.