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Ali Al Saeed

Isa Town, Bahrain


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Ali Al Saeed is a writer from Bahrain, born in 1978. For almost seven years, starting in 1998, he was a journalist writing for two of the leading English-speaking newspapers in the country. He then began his writing career, contributing regularly to a number of publications and magazines in the Gulf region. He wrote (and drew) his very first story – a sci-fi comic book – at the age of ten. In 2004, Ali published his debut novel, QuixotiQ, the very first to be written by a Bahraini (and a GCC national) directly in English. QuixotiQ was a national best-seller and was given the Bahrain 2004 Outstanding Book of the Year Award. He also writes short fiction with several of his stories appearing in various e-zines, journals and literary websites – including Gold Dust magazine, RSPublishing, Expose’d and Capture Weekly – and will later this year appear in the anthology Goodbye, Darwin (Apodis Publishing), and in Succour, a creative arts journal. Ali is also a filmmaker, co-producing his first documentary film this year. His non-fiction book, Models of Success: The Journey was published earlier this year. Moments, a collection of short stories, will be published in September.

Interests: Dreams, football, music, photography, reading, movies and filmmaking.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Empty Spaces
  • Empty Spaces
  • Empty Spaces
  • Moments