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Sharjah Reading Festival hosts Social Media Cafe
BY SALMA ALALEM April 22, 2016
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SHARJAH: At the eighth edition of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF), in progress at Sharjah Expo Centre under the theme “Shine Out,”  the Social Media Café is hosting various international guests, discussing all issues related to children’s knowledge and culture.

The festival, organised by Sharjah Book Authority, kicked off on Wednesday, April 20, and will conclude on April 30. The Social Media Café hosted Iman Ben Chaibah, CEO and the Editor in Chief for Sail magazine, on the first day of the festival.

Social Media Café has invited many of the social media activists and inventors from different age categories to make the workshops and sessions more fun, various and attract more audiences.

Ebrahim Bin Hatem Al Boloushi, one of the social media activists in the UAE, was invited to the café to interview Iman and discuss the topic themed ‘The Rise of Emirati Publishing’ in front of an audience at the festival.

Sail magazine was started and established by Iman six years ago to document the social debates and discussions in the community in the form of opinion articles.

The aim was to foster knowledge growth among the youth and to represent the thought process of Emiratis to the international reader.

When asked about the relationship between the Social Media Café and Sail as an Online magazine, she said, “We use Twitter and Instagram the most to attract our readers to read the content of our magazine, so it’s a useful way to promote the magazine since many readers are on social media.”

Working as a reporter or a writer in an electronic magazine sounds easier because it has more flexibility in content and the deadline works since it’s just an online version, compared to the print edition. However, Iman told The Gulf Today that “sometimes, I face this point challenging a bit, because they keep postponing the deadline submission, while we have to publish all the stories in a specific time.”

Iman has expanded Sail into a publishing house for digital books as well to develop local content on the digital field internationally, and to give more chances for writers of all genres to be published.

Other topics will be discussed during the coming days of the festival. The topic themed ‘Two prodigy multi-talented young minds’ will be introduced by Tiara Abraham and Tanishq Abraham, ‘Embracing Cultures’ by Mansour AlYabani, ‘Learning From Our Mistakes’ by Hamad Rashed, ‘Google Boy’ by Kautilya Pandit, ‘UAE Innovators’ by Reem Al Marzouqi, and ‘Emirati Youth Inventors’ by Fatima Al Kaabi.

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