‘I Love Shar­jah’ dis­cov­ers gifted writ­ers

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SHAR­JAH: Meet Ab­del­rah­man Tamer and Ayana Thariq Sheikh: two young writ­ers who are about to em­bark on a brand new ex­cit­ing chap­ter in their own lives, as they have just been crowned win­ners of the Yar­boa Ad­ven­tures Story com­pe­ti­tion.

Or­gan­ised by the Shar­jah In­vest­ment and De­vel­op­ment Author­ity’s (Shurooq) leisure and pro­mo­tion arm, ‘I Love Shar­jah’ and run in par­al­lel with this year’s Shar­jah In­ter­na­tional Book Fair, that ran un­til Novem­ber 10, the com­pe­ti­tion chal­lenged young writ­ers to pen a story be­tween 200 and 2,000 words that fo­cused on Shar­jah and in­cluded the pop­u­lar ‘I Love Shar­jah’ mas­cot, Yar­boa.

Ab­del­rah­man’s story, called “Yar­boa in Bait Al Na­booda” de­tails UAE cus­toms and tra­di­tions, ed­u­cat­ing the read­ers about the his­tory of Bait Al Na­boodah and its sur­round­ing ar­eas, while Ayana’s “Yar­boa’s Wonderland” tells the tale of a ‘mag­i­cal dream’ where her friend Yar­boa takes her on a jour­ney to dis­cover the city’s won­der­ful se­crets and relect on all the beauty that Shar­jah has to of­fer.

Ad­her­ing to strict cri­te­ria that called for all sto­ries to be orig­i­nal and have a begin­ning, body and end­ing, eight-year-old Ab­del­rah­man from Al An­sar In­ter­na­tional School, Shar­jah, and seven-year-old Ayana from Habi­tat School, Aj­man, both im­pressed the judges with their cre­ative and fun tales, and were able to shine among 169 unique en­tries to reach the top spot, in which Ab­del­rah­man won in the Ara­bic cat­e­gory and Ayana won in the English cat­e­gory of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Ab­del­rah­manan­dayanaw­ere­crowned win­ners by a panel of judges from Kal­i­mat Pub­lish­ing. Their sto­ries will be pub­lished in the Yar­boa book se­ries and fea­ture on the ‘I love Shar­jah’ web­site. They also each re­ceived Dhs5,000 in prize money.

Eval­u­a­tion was based on a ten-point scale, with scores of be­tween one and eight be­ing awarded for con­tent, pre­sen­ta­tion, struc­ture, char­ac­ters and di­a­logue, theme, style and tone, and com­mer­cial po­ten­tial.

The win­ners im­pressed the judges with their cre­ative and fun tales and were able to shine among 169 unique en­tries to reach the top spot.

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