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Dubai ruler pays tribute as prominent Emirati poet dies

Habib Yousuf Abdallah Al Sayegh, a prominent Emirati poet and intellectual, died on Tuesday

Dubai ruler pays tribute as prominent Emirati poet dies
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Habib Yousuf Abdallah Al Sayegh, editor-in-chief of Al Khaleej newspaper, chairman of the Emirates Writers Union and secretary general of the Arab Writers Union, died on Tuesday.

Al Sayegh, a prominent Emirati poet and intellectual, was born in Abu Dhabi in 1955.

He received his Bachelor of Philosophy in 1977 and completed his Master of Comparative Linguistics from the University of London in 1998.

He used to write daily opinion pieces in Arabic newspapers in the country.

Al Sayegh founded and became the editor of Awraq Cultural magazine from 1982 to 1995, and had profound impact on the cultural movement, locally and regionally, local media said.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, tweeted a tribute to him, saying: “Today, the UAE has lost one of its icons of media, journalism and literature. May God bestow his mercy upon Habib Al Sayegh and place him in paradise.

"His work, poetry and writings will remain as a testimony of his great love of the nation, as well as the greatest legacy he left behind. The nations will always remain as a testament to persons of letter. May Allah grant his family patience and solace”.