100 smartest people in the UAE
Tue 26 Sep 2017 12:04 AM
Noura Al Noman

Designation: Science fiction writer

Country: UAE

Country of residence: United Arab Emirates

One might think that becoming the first celebrated Emirati science fiction writer would be enough for Al Noman. But, like one of her intergalactic characters, her ambition defies gravity. Her first novel, Ajwan, took nine months to write but went on to win the Etisalat Book Awards in 2013. Its success prompted a sequel, Manadan, as well as a third instalment published at the Sharjah International Book Fair. Now, the Emirati author is on a mission to help spread Arabic science fiction and fantasy novels to a wider audiences. She recently announced the launch of her own publishing house, Manuscript 5229, which aims to begin publishing more locally-produced sci-fi novels this year.