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Maitha Al Khayat

Maitha Al Khayat is an Emirati internationally published children’s author and illustrator with 180 publications; some translated into English, Turkish and Italian. She delights children with her quirky yet cultural stories through interactive storytelling and workshops.


Her picture book My Own Special Way was awarded best children’s books in the Children’s forum in Riyadh, 2011, also translated into English and Turkish. It was shortlisted for best book in translation at Marsh Awards 2013. Her book Turn Off The Lights was awarded best children’s book at the Publisher’s Association in Sharjah in 2016. Her illustrations of Father’s Date Palm Trees was shortlisted for best picture book at the Zayed Book Award in 2020. 


Al Khayat wrote in children’s television shows like Iftah Ya Simsim, Sesame Street and Hamdoon, an Emirati cartoon show. The Pearl Diver’s Daughter, an infusion of Emirati culture and contemporary American dance, is one of her latest projects.


She enjoys reading picture books to children and her three cats.

Maitha Al Khayat

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    Hey Mum, They Look Like Me

    Celebrated children’s writers Candy Gourlay, Zanib Mian and Maitha Al Khayat come together for a thought-provoking conversation about the roles writers and publishers can play in promoting diverse stories.

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    50.00 AED

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    Aisha's Cake

    Join author Julia Johnson and illustrator Maitha Al Khayat, creators of Aisha’s Pearl and its follow-up Aisha’s Cake, for a fun and heartwarming event about Emirati culture and heritage.

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    40.00 AED

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    Aisha's Pearl

    Illustrator Maitha Al Khayat and translator Noura Al Khoori join forces to celebrate the release of the Arabic translation of Aisha’s Pearl, the much-loved children’s story by Julia Johnson.

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