Omaima Al-Khamis

Umaima Al-Khamis

Born in 1966, Omaima Abdullah Al-Khamis is a Saudi Arabian writer who initially embarked on her career in education. After earning a BA in Arabic Literature, she served as both a teacher and the director of the Department of Educational Media within the Ministry of Education. In 2010, she transitioned to full-time writing. Starting in 1993, Al-Khamis has authored four collections of short stories. Her debut novel, Al-Bahriyat, published in 2006, saw multiple reprints, including a special edition in Egypt. Her sophomore novel, The Leafy Tree, made it to the longlist of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2010. Published in 2013, Saja’s Visit was followed by her most recent work, Voyage of the Cranes in the Cities of Agate, which was honored with the 2018 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature. Al-Khamis has also penned several children’s books that have been translated into various languages. In addition to her literary work, she contributes a weekly column to the Elaph newspaper.

Books Written by Omaima Al-Khamis