This Emirati Teen Author Could Be The Next JK Rowling…

This Emirati Teen Author Could Be The Next JK Rowling…

She’s only 14, but she’s already on her third novel.

If we had to put money on the world’s next smash-hit author, we’d put it on Aysha Al Naqbi.

The Emirati schoolgirl is just 14, but already she’s working on her third novel – and she’s just been recognised for her talents.

Al Naqbi, who published her first novel in 2015, has been announced as the youngest member of Dubai Police’s Council of Young Leaders.

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The teen was congratulated by the force’s commander-in-chief, HE Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, in a ceremony this week, where she described her new accolade as “surreal”.

“It is surely a great honour and a greater responsibility to be here,” Al Naqbi said.

“I am glad to join the force’s youth council that works hard to ensure voice of the youth is brought to the table and to implement strategies that empower and engage youth in the development of the safety and security of the emirate.”

The writer was 13 when her first English-language novel Blue Moon was released, a young-adult fantasy tale that follows the journey of an adventurous teen who finds herself in a remote village.

Al Naqbi’s second work, Emerald Planet, was a sequel to her first, while her in-progress third novel will “be set in a fantasy world where a prince and princess live in their fancy kingdom”, she revealed at the Dubai Police ceremony.

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The teen, who has described herself as “very ambitious”, says she hopes her work helps break down stereotypes about the Middle East.

“I feel like these days people outside [in the West] have a certain mindset about Arab people,” she told Gulf News earlier this year.

“I hope with me writing [Emerald Planet] it breaks that stereotype a little bit, breaks the mould.”

We can’t wait to see what she does next.

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   July 13, 2017