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Dubai: The Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) has announced the 5th annual Nobel Exhibition, organised in partnership with the Nobel Prize Museum, in Dubai’s La Mer district from February 3 to March 3, 2019.

Held under the patronage of MBRF Chairman Shaikh Ahmad Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the 2019 edition of the Exhibition bears the theme “Nobel Prize for Literature: Sharing Worlds — In Memory of Naguib Mahfouz”.

The Nobel Exhibition 2019 sheds light on an important category of the coveted prize — literature. It showcases the careers of some of the most prominent laureates in the sector, as well as their biggest accomplishments. The Exhibition focuses on all forms of literature, including poetry, theatre, and cinema, highlighting the Nobel Prize’s progress over the years. It particularly highlights the career of renowned Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz, the first Arab to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, showcasing his works, which enriched Arabic Literature and were adapted to the screen — cinema and television — to great success.

MBRF’s CEO Jamal Bin Huwaireb asserted that the Nobel Exhibition continues to enhance the Foundation’s role in the knowledge sector, shedding light on some of humanity’s greatest creations in literature, which facilitates the production and dissemination of knowledge, as well as the establishment of knowledge societies and driving forward the sustainable development process in all of our communities.

“With the Nobel Exhibition, we are echoing the UAE’s strategic objectives to promote innovation and creativity among all segments of society — particularly, the youth and students — empowering them to become productive members of their community,” he added. “Organising the Nobel Exhibition in the Emirate of Dubai every year reflects the Nobel Foundation’s faith in the emirate and in MBRF’s ability to host such a large-scale event, and set an agenda that attracts large audiences and lives up to the expectations of knowledge enthusiasts.”

For his part, Dr. Olov Amelin, Vice-President, Exhibitions, Nobel Prize Museum in Sweden, said, “The Nobel Prize Museum has the ambition to reach out to a young audience worldwide and inspire people to get engaged in the areas in which you can receive a Nobel Prize. These prizes are handed out in the spirit of Alfred Nobel who claimed that the laureates should have done a fantastic achievement “for the benefit of humankind”. Laureates like Mahfouz and others are great role models, and inspire us all through their writing. It’s an honour for the museum to be able to present our fifth exhibition in Dubai. We have created a playful entrance to the world of literature, books and everlasting stories.”

The Nobel Exhibition 2019 consists of 8 sections, each focusing on a specific topic. The “Peace” section introduces visitors to selected novels written by Nobel Laureates in Literature and that have war and peace as their theme, whereas the “Human Condition” section poses questions about what it means to be human and showcases novels addressing the subject. The “Fairy Tales” sections allows visitors to the Nobel Exhibition 2019 to explore renowned works by Laureates that are inspired by fairy tales. Meanwhile, the “Life” section explores the fragility of life as a theme in selected novels.

Furthermore, and in keeping with the UAE’s initiative to name 2019 the Year of Tolerance, this year’s Nobel Exhibition offers a “Tolerance” section, showcasing creative works by Nobel Laureates in Literature that have tolerance as their theme. This while the “Family” section explores novels that tell the story of a family, allowing visitors to familiarise themselves with the books and their authors. The “Love” section sheds light on one of the most prominent themes in literature, while the “City” section showcases works by Naguib Mahfouz and other Laureates who wrote novels with themes revolving around cities.

On another note, the Nobel Exhibition 2019 hosts a series of activities, including 4 weekly workshops, led by prominent experts from the Nobel organisations, in addition to a series of poetry nights featuring renowned poets from around the world, set to be held in various locations around the Emirate of Dubai.