Abu Dhabi’s Arabic Language Centre on Architecture

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The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre hosts discussion of a UAE architectural guide translated into English by Musa Al-Halool.

Discussing Hendrik Bohle and Jan Dimog’s ‘United Arab Emirates: Architectural Guide’ in a Kalima Reading Club panel discussion from the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre. Image: ALC

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Introduced at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair
The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre’s Kalima Reading Club has staged a panel discussion on the book United Arab Emirates: Architectural Guide by Hendrik Bohle and Jan Dimog.

Published in English by DOM Publishers in that company’s series of more than 150 place-based architectural guides, the book has been translated into Arabic by Musa Al-Halool, a Syrian academic and translator from the Raqqa Governorate. Al-Halool studied English literature at Aleppo University, and has a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Pennsylvania.

Musa Al-Halool

Now teaching on the faculty of Taif University in Saudi Arabia, Al-Halool also has translated:

  • Maori Legends and Fairy Tales (Abu Dhabi)
  • Senora Edda: An Icelandic Epic (Abu Dhabi)
  • The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway (Kuwait)
  • Thus Spoke the Vikings (Copenhagen)

His Arabic writings include From Borzuyas Grass and Gilgameshs Serpent: Reflections on Literary Translation (Abu Dhabi)

The book chronicles “a race to catch up which catapulted the state from a modest Bedouin society into the era of the Burj Khalifa” as architectural leadership became a currency among the emirates of the UAE, probably best known for the skyscrapers of Dubai.

Featured in the work are more than 200 buildings and projects across the seven emirates, development that has occurred in roughly three generations.

Co-author Bohle holds a degree in architecture, having studied at the Technical University of Berlin and Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus. His associate, Dimog, is a reporter, editor, and scriptwriter who works on projects in Germany, Afghanistan, and the Philippines. Bohle and Dimog als0 are the co-authors of DOM’s Architectural Guide to Istanbul.  They are the co-managers of The Link Berlin, an online magazine focused on international architectural tourism.

Bohle and Dimog have written here at The Link Berlin about their 2016 presentation of United Arab Emirates: Architectural Guide during the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, which this year is set for April 29 to May 5.

Architecture in Dubai from Al Jadaf waterfront, the Burj Khalifa at the center of the shot. Image – Getty iStockphoto: Hasan Zaidi


More from Publishing Perspectives on the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre is here, more on translation and translators is here, more on Arabic is here, and more on the United Arab Emirates and its book publishing industry is here.

Publishing Perspectives is the world media partner of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award and the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.