Previous Minister of Petroleum for the UAE Dr. Mana Saeed Al Otaiba Launches First English Book at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

May 27, 2021

Dubai, UAE: Renowned Emirati poet and previous Minister of Petroleum for the UAE Dr. Mana Saeed Al Otaiba who has published over a hundred books in Arabic launches his first English Novel at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.

In this bittersweet tale of love and revenge, acclaimed writer Dr. Al Otaiba takes us on a journey across the Emirates and Morocco as his heroine plots her revenge against the men who changed her life forever.

Karima was originally published in 1999 and later adapted for a television series in 2011 in what was the first Emirati-Moroccan production.

The novel tells the story of Karima Abdel-Rahman who sets off on a quest to avenge her family and restore justice against the transgressors who walked away unscathed after killing her father and leaving her younger sister crippled.

In her line of fire are Abu Youssef, a wealthy businessman who uses his money and power to save Ali, her second target and Abu Youssef’s bodyguard who caused the accident and Majed, Abu Youssef’s confidant and right-hand man.

Caught in the throes of innocence and violence, Karima is torn between her desire to fulfil her brilliant vendetta, one that will change her life forever and a love that can foil her plans.

Dr. Mana Saeed Al Otaiba, author of the novel Karima said: ‘Karima is a novel very close to my heart. It was written over a long interval of time reflecting an experience close to reality, revenge, fiction, love and romance with cultural incidents and above all poetry.’

‘I chose to revive it and share my love for this story with the English readers with a fresh and updated perspective.’ Added Dr. Al Otaiba.

Ian Fairservice, Managing Partner and Group Editor-in-Chief of Motivate Media Group, said: ‘Due to the success of the Arabic book, we are excited to launch the English edition. Our readers will enjoy going on this journey with Karima.’

The first English edition of the book will be priced at AED 100 and will be available for purchase at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair that will take place at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi. It will also be available at and all leading retail bookstores across the UAE.