Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) announced at a press conference in Dubai the official launch of the first phase of its Dubai International Program for Writing’s ‘Writers Exchange’ program between the UAE and Japan in partnership with Japan Arts and Culture Foundation. As part of the exchange program, two male and two female writers have been selected from the UAE and Japan, who will stay for a while in each other’s countries, where they will get opportunities to exchange ideas based on their respective cultures and introduce their works. On completion of the visits to the UAE and Japan, the writers will narrate their experience to their readers through works in Arabic or Japanese. Mariam Helal Al Saedi is a writer by nature and enjoys merging current affairs with personal experience to produce writings of deeper understanding on the concept of life. Mariam has taken part in local and international literary events such as Sheikh Zayed Book Award, Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, and won a prize in the Creative Emirati Women Award from Sharjah. Talal Salim Al-Sabri, an engineer who works as an executive director at Etisalat, participated in the first session of ‘Prince of Poets program’ and won the title ‘Poet of Transparency. A graduate from Khalifa University of Science and Technology and Research, Al-Sabri has published a number of works.