Maryam Al Saedi



Maryam Al-Saedi (مريم السعدي) was born in 1974 in Al Ain. She gained an English Literature degree from UAE University and postgraduate certificates in Urban Planning from the American University of Sharjah and in Jerusalem Studies from Aberdeen University in Scotland. She currently works for the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport while simultaneously developing her writing career.

A rising young literary talent, Maryam has published two collections of short stories: مريم والحظ السعيد (Mariam and the Good Fortune), published by the Abu Dhabi Cultural & Heritage Authority in 2009 as part of the Qalam project, and also translated into German, and أبدو ذكية (I Look Smart), published by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Foundation in 2009 as part of the OKTOB project.

Her short story “The Old Woman” was included in the Denys Johnson-Davies collection In a Fertile Desert, and is a subtle exploration of the claims of the old world and the new as an old woman becomes a source of embarrassment to her more sophisticated children.

In October 2010 Mariam, along with other 6 Arab writers, took part in a writers’ workshop in Abu Dhabi. Dubbed “Nadwa” (which translates as “workshop”) and sponsored by International Prize for Arabic Fiction, the workshop aims to produce original pieces of fiction that will then be published internationally in Arabic and English


(From Emirates Festival of Literature website)



  • مريم والحظ السعيد (Mariam and the Good Fortune), 2009
  • أبدو ذكية (I Look Smart), 2009

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