Editor in Chief:
Iman Ben Chaibah (@ImanBenChaibah)
Founder & Editor in Chief
Iman Ben Chaibah, founder of Sail Publishing, a digital publishing house for online magazines and ebooks, and editor in chief of the Emirati Sail Magazine, an online magazine about community and culture written in English by Emirati columnists. Iman is a multi-award winner in digital publishing, entrepreneurship, and literature. Iman has also completed the Leadership Strategies in Magazine Media Course at Yale University. Besides her work in publishing, she also lectures in Canadian University in Dubai.
Aida AlBusaidy (@AidaAlBusaidy)
Developmental Editor / Advisory Board Member
Aida has more than a decade experience in the communications, and mastering ceremonies field, she worked in private and public sectors, and now heads the Stakeholder Communications in Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing in Dubai. Aida was a columnist in few of the local newspapers, a TV co-host of a community talk show, and cofounded with friends a community platform: “Promise Of A Generation”.
Deena Rashid (Twitter: @Deena_Rashid_, Instagram: @Deeenahbeanz)
Deena is a recently graduated student who completed her Bachelor’s in International studies with a specialization in Culture and Society. She currently works at an art gallery in Dubai, but is also a freelance editor/proofreader and writer.
Khawla Rashid (Instagram: @theyoungdeer)
Khawla is a dreamer. This is how she sees herself. She spends her time either reading, watching a film, pampering her cat, or thinking too much about life. Her favorite quote has to be by T.S. Eliot “Books, Cats, Life is Good”.
Abdulla AlWahedi (Twitter: @AlWahedi, Instagram: @aAlWahedi)
Abdulla holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration. His abstract passion for history and literature with a hint of photography adds to his noble enduring quality. Abdulla enjoys visiting museums, art exhibitions and likes to spend his spare time in the outdoors. Abdulla writes a mixture of stories from the past and insights of the present, which blend together and formulate his understanding of the UAE’s culture.
Alanoud AlMadhi (@ALANOUD_auh)
Founder of @BetweenTheSips -a social media initiative that moderates social conversations. Alanoud’s passion is public speaking and designing infographics, reading, and researching. In her writings, Alanoud aims to share personal experiences, struggles, and aha moments that can spark a flame within the reader to reach their full potential.
Alia Al Hazami (@AliaAlHazami)
Alia is an AUS student double majoring in International Studies and English literature. She is also the author of Alatash fictional novel. Her main goal is to make a change and empower the youth. She hopes to help the younger generations deal with tough situations.
Alia Nasser (Instagram: @3alya.nf)
Alia is an avid reader, a passionate dreamer, a travel enthusiast, and kind of a lazy writer; this is basically her life in one sentence. She loves writing and it all started with her and a pink journal at 6 years old. Alia has been a constant reader from a very young age as well. She loves telling stories, mostly through writing, but also through pictures as well. Through her writing, she wants to inspire people to be more, to do more. Alia wants to give hope and motivation to people. Everyone deserves to know that their dreams can come true.
Ayesha AlJanahi (@_AyeshaAlJanahi)
A loving mother of a son who has changed her life and put it into perspective. Ayesha is a senior social media specialist, a Global Leader for young children in the Arab region, and a writer in few Arabic publications. Her articles are written in collaboration with the Arabian Child organization and offers inspiration and an in-depth exploration of early childhood development.
Bahar Al Awadhi (@bahargpedram)
Bahar is a recruiter by profession, an aspiring writer by night, and a mom of toddler twins. She has an unending thirst for learning, as she completed her BComm in Canada, an MA in Dubai, and continues to develop herself with reading and research. Through her articles, she shares her journey as she grows and learns more about this crazy beautiful world we live in.
Fatma AlSahoul (Twitter: @Fatmalsahoul)
Fatma is a nineteen-year-old student who’s currently pursuing her undergraduate studies in Finance at Zayed University in Dubai. Fatma has always dreamed of being a successful entrepreneur one day with countless innovative ideas that will help make a positive difference. She also wouldn’t mind pursuing a career involving her passions, writing, and public-speaking. Conversations around topics like history, politics, and religion fascinate and interest her.
Hamda Yaser Al Awadhi (Instagram: @7amda.y.s)
Hamda is a nineteen years old Emirati and a third-year international affairs student at Zayed University. Hamda’s interest in writing articles began when she lived and studied in France. The four years in France taught her to respect the diverse opinions surrounding her, yet to always acquire her own personal opinion. Hamda enjoys discovering different topics surrounding culture, history, and world issues. Through her articles, she covers topics in world issues, theories, and philosophical topics.
Hessa Al Eassa (@Hessa_AlEassa)
Hessa writes to inspire, shift perspectives and make individuals aware of themselves and their potentials. With her creative pieces, she aims to reach the hearts and minds of her readers for them to have a better life. She is highly interested in topics such as psychology, self-help, and wellbeing. She is a dreamer, an optimist and she finds beauty in the little details of life.
Jood AlThukair (@JoodAlThukair)
Jood is an 18-year-old student at King Saud Univerisity, studying Literature alongside Mass Communication. She has been writing stories ever since she was five. Jood is passionate about reading, writing, and art. She writes her articles on issues she believes need more light shed on them.
Jumanah Salama (twitter: @Juma_nah4, instagram: @Jumanahs.Bookshelf)
Jumanah is a Media and Communication graduate from King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Her fields of interest lay in the studies of humanities and through her articles she seeks to create a bridge between sociology and social media.
Latifa Al Azdi (@Latifazdi )
Latifa holds a BA in PR and Advertising from Zayed University and an MA in Tourism from King’s College London. She enjoys all forms of art, reading and running towards a half marathon. Through her articles, she shares her experiences of art events, exhibitions and talks.
Lulwa A.M. (Instagram: @the.intellectual, twitter: @A_Lulwaal)
Lulwa is a growing writer and artist from Kuwait. She holds a BBA in International Management. She is an aspiring philanthropist, an avid reader, an enthusiast for knowledge, a feminist and a cosmopolitan. Her major topics of interest, which are reflected in her articles, include cultural diversity, tolerance, women empowerment, literature, and education. Lulwa also reviews books on her Instagram account.
Maitha AlMuhairi (@Maithani)
An avid reader, Maitha has always dreamt of being a recognized novelist and poet. For the last decade, she focused on HR as a career, which has taken her away from her dream, but it’s never too late. She focuses on book reviews and doesn’t necessarily focus on a specific genre.
Maitha Ali AlSuwaidi (Instagram: @mai.thah, Twitter: @maithaAHS)
Maitha is a 17-year-old student at New York University Abu Dhabi, majoring in political sciences. She is also an athlete in Sharjah Women Sports Foundation and the UAE’s Archery National Team. She holds an undeniable love for reading, whether it is reading poetry, novels or an endless stream of articles. In her journey of finding herself and her voice, she hopes to inspire several people and spread some good along the way.
Mariam Al Hosani (@mariamralhosani )
An inquisitive soul, Mariam has always been fascinated by human beings. With a Bachelor degree in International studies with a specialization in International Affairs, she learned that for there to be order in the world humans need to be reminded of their humanity. In her column “Back to Humanity” Mariam sheds a light on topics she believes we all need to reflect on every once in a while.
Maryam Almheiri (twitter: @inkofhers)
Maryam holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences and Sustainability. From forests to forensics, her upbringing as a reader developed various interests and a passion for learning.
Mona Al Ali (Instagram: @monany)
Dr. Mona Al Ali works as a museum expert and consultant. She worked as an assistant professor and the coordinator of the Art History and Museum Studies Program at the University of Sharjah. Prior to her academic career, she worked in the museum field for several years. Dr. Al Ali has a strong passion for museums, Islamic history and art. She has written few publications and has been giving talks related to the history of museums in UAE, impacts of social change in museum development, museum and identity, and strategies to attract visitors to museums.
Nasser AlFalasi (@NassaKB)
Nasser was born the year the cold war ended. For those who don’t know the year the cold war ended, Nasser’s columns in Sail is exactly for that reason. Nasser’s undergrad was in Financial Services at the Higher Colleges of Technology. He then pursued his graduate studies at NYU in NYC concentrating in global affairs with a specialization in international relations and transnational security. His major interests include history and global affairs. Most of his articles will be in regards to those topics. By the way, if you haven’t already found out the year Nasser was born, its 1991.
Noora Al Mualla (Twitter: @NooraIbrahim, Instagram: @Noora.AlMualla)
Noora is an Emarati exhibitions coordinator from Umm Al Quwain. With a background in marketing and a passion for art, she is keen on artistic production that appeals to the community. Noora is also a researcher with a focus in the field of Arab art. Noora will be talking about the current art scene and trends in the local art community. She aims to inspire the local youth to start building the habit of visiting museums and art exhibitions. She strongly believes in the powerful role of art in creating a peaceful, tolerant, and culturally aware society.
Omar Albeshr (@ASRomar10)
Omar, an Emirati from Abu Dhabi, holds a degree in Avionics Engineering, currently works in tourism. He hopes one day he would publish his novels and his poetry book. His column is an exploration with a message, about the origins of words, terms, phrases and the stories behind them.
Omar Al Owais ( @omsalowais)
Omar is an International Relations Student at the American University of Sharjah, with a passion towards politics and a devotion towards the rhythmic arts of poetry and prose.
Reem Al Suwaidi (Twitter: @LumeiRee, Instagram @wevoicefashion)
Reem is a fashion fanatic. She used her talents of critiquing to start a blog called “We Voice Fashion” along with a partner that shares her views on the world of fashion and design. Through her articles, she likes to explore fashion in a philosophical way at times.
Sarah Al Marashi (Twitter: @Sarah888, Instagram: @TheSarah888)
Sarah is an award-winning entrepreneur, business development specialist, life coach, writer, banking, and investments professional with over 15 years of experience. She is the co-founder of the award-winning firm Infin8Ventures. Through her articles, she hopes to re-ignite the dreamer in all of us and inspire us to make those dreams a reality.
Shamma Aldabal (Twitter: @shammaMD, Instagram: @shamma_MD)
Shamma holds a Masters Degree in Human Rights and a BA in International Affairs. She currently works as an instructor at Zayed University. Having volunteered with people with disability for more than 10 years, she devotes her career and free time to work closely with vulnerable groups to create a visible impact in society.
Shof Elmoisheer ( Instagram: bookish2525 )
Shof holds a Master’s degree in Marketing and a Bachelor in English literature. An avid reader of classic literature, her preferred type of fiction, along with psychology and marketing. Skilled at drawing, created a comic book, not yet published. Dedicated her Instagram feed to bookish recommendations. Fond of language learning, and she taught herself Japanese. She loves to write reviews books, short stories, and Marketing.
Shurooq AlBanna (@Shuroooq)
Shurooq, an Emirati from Dubai, has been on a journey of self-discovery ever since she shifted career from Science to humanitarian where she found joy. Her interests include traveling and foreign films. Shurooq’s writings are influenced by those distinctive moments that give a deeper perspective on life.
Sidiqa Sohail (@sid_90)
Sidiqa is 25 years old and is half-Emirati and half-Pakistani. She has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the American University of Sharjah and a Master’s degree in Conflict Prevention, Sustainable Peace, and Security from the University of Durham in the UK. Sidiqa owns and manages the boutique-café concept store “Spontiphoria” in Wasl Square, Jumeirah.
Yaqoob AlShamsi (instagram: @yaqoob.alshamsi, twitter: @yaqoobalshamsi)
Yaqoob Al Shamsi is an Aerospace Engineer in Emirates Advanced Investments Group. He graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a BSc in Aerospace Engineering specializing in aeronautics and a BSc in Computational Mathematics specializing in physics. Also, he is currently completing his MSc in Information Security from Khalifa University and an MBA from Abu Dhabi University. Yaqoob is interested to write about science, technology, engineering, mathematics, art, culture, and community.
Dana Al Attar (twitter: @DanaAlAttar, instagram: @MadeWithLove.DXB)
Head of Creative Team
Dana is a young Graphic Designer graduated from Zayed University. She views art as inspiration, creation, and innovation. Being passionate about designing, organizing, event planning, and handmade crafts have brought her one step closer to fulfilling her mission of creating an everlasting memory of each and every special moment. Precious moments deserve being Made With Love from @MadeWithLove.DXB
Aalaa Albastaki (Instagram:@lalaa_albastaki, Twitter: @AalaaAlbastaki)
Aalaa is a graphic designer and photographer, Applied Communications graduate (with distinction) from HCT-Dubai. Aalaa creates simple creative designs from corporate identities to posters and packaging. She takes personal and professional photos almost daily and shares them on Instagram. She likes to inspire, spread creativity, broaden imagination, and most importantly increase awareness of various issues.
Eman AlRaesi (Instagram: @emanalraesi, Twitter: @emanalraesi)
Eman is an Emirati artist born in Dubai, raised and lived most of her life in Sharjah. She is mainly self-taught, her artwork is mostly painting and illustration. Inspired by modernist schools of painting, yet adds her own personal touch and experience to achieve her unique vision.
Farah AlBalooshi (Instagram: @SenoritaFarah , Twitter: @FarahAlBalooshi )
Farah is a down-to-earth architect and photographer with a passion to capture beauty in all things in their simplest form. She aims to inspire and create projects that will make a difference and help those in need through Art and Architecture. Farah is a minimalist at heart who posts religiously on Instagram to share and broaden her creativity.
Ghadeer Mansour Mutairi (Instagram: @ghmutaiiri, Twitter: @ghsasud)
Ghadeer is a 19 years old Saudi girl, interested in art, books, languages, and history. She became a designer since she was 11 years old. She loved designing and now it’s a part of her personality. Ghadeer is obsessed with colors, and to design for her is not just painting some lines or shapes, it’s sending a message in the smartest way to the world.
Hamda AlMansoori (Instagram: @planet64, Twitter: @planetsixtyfour)
Hamda is a student in the university of the world wide web, known for her t-shirt designs and her love for coffee. She’s big on space, tech, and sci-fi. She’s also a fast learner who loves acquiring new skills and trying new types of arts and designs.
Khawla AlJassmi (Instagram: @kay1design)
To Khawla, art is something you can feel and touch, a movement of color and shape a form of virtual communication. As an applied media graduate and a freelancing graphic designer, she knows how to manipulate color and shape then form a dazzling piece of art. Besides her creative ability, she’s an extraordinary mother and a postgraduate student in master in communication program at UOS.
Marwah Fuad (Instagram: @ElMeem_Artistry, Twitter: @marwah_f1)
Marwah Fuad is an Emirati portrait artist born and raised in Abu Dhabi. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Cultural Communications from Zayed University. She has contributions in both art and tourism fields.
Miriam Koki (Instagram: @mir_madeart, Twitter: @miriamzk3)
Miriam a self-taught artist with a bachelor degree in Interior design and a minor in Architecture. She has a passion for art and music. Miriam is an Italian citizen born in Firenze, but she spent her entire life in Dubai and for that she considers myself multicultural. She speaks three languages and would love to learn many more.
Nouf Bandar Elmoisheer (Instagram: @naufba)
Saudi illustrator, Holds a Bachelor degree in fashion design, interested in art in general and Islamic art in particular. She loves fashion illustrations, crafts and DIY projects. Nouf enjoys using colors and patterns in each artwork. Currently, she’s working on her first fashion x art collection.