Emirati author Mohammad Abdul Jaleel Al Fahim talked about his book Through the Eyes of a Child with students at Dubai Raffles International School this week.
The programme was prearranged ahead of the Spring Book Fair, which begins on Sunday. Through the Eyes of a Child is a demonstrated rag to riches tale of a child, who grew up in Abu Dhabi to develop into a famous businessman. Born in 1948, the author experienced poverty in the years prior to the discovery of oil, which altered the UAE.
Like the character in the book, he grew up barefooted. This is his witness story of the change of the country from a Bedouin society into a country with one of the world’s highest per capita incomes within only 30 years. First published in 1995, the book has been translated into 10 languages and has sold over 500,000 copies.