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Alfai Al Marzooqi during a book reading session. Photo: Exterior

Published: Thursday 14 Dec 2023, 18:31

A five-year-old Emirati girl from Abu Dhabi, Alfai Al Marzooqi, has etched her name in the Guinness Book of Records as the youngest woman to publish a book.

Alfai, a first-grade student at Brighton College Abu Dhabi, won laurels for his book ‘The Lost Rabbit’, which highlights the friendship shared between children. Her work, which includes imaginative drawings, revolves around compassion, love for animals and caring for each other.

The characters in her story, Alfai, Salma, and the latter’s lost rabbit, Fufu, take readers on a touching journey of friendship and kindness. Interestingly, Salma’s character is her friend and classmate in real life.

Alfai’s mother, Teeb Al Barri, saw her daughter’s passion for telling stories when she was two years old. She loved to listen to the stories that her mother read to her before going to bed and asked her questions that invited her to reflect.

“She always asked me strange questions, like ‘How old is the tree’ and ‘Do roses laugh’? She was not interested in television or tablets like other children, but rather she focused on books,” her mother said.

The five-year-old boy during a reading session.

The five-year-old boy during a reading session.

Book written in 3 days.

Teeb revealed that Alfai took only three days to write, draw and color the entire story of ‘The Lost Rabbit’, showing his exceptional creativity and dedication. Alfai aspires to be an international fashion designer and is inspired by her love of reading and storytelling. In pursuit of this dream, the family has launched the exclusive brand ‘Tell and Tale’, showcasing Alfai’s artistic and unique fashion pieces.

Alfai’s father, Yaqoub Al Marzooqi, expressed immense pride in his daughter’s achievement.

“We are all proud to have worked for several months on this title and collaborated with many parties, including Dar Sama, for publication and distribution, to ensure we reach audiences at book fairs.”

The Al Marzooqi family’s commitment to nurturing talent also extends to Alfai’s four-year-old brother, Hamad Al Marzooqi, who aims to set the Guinness World Record as the youngest Emirati chef and entrepreneur in the children’s category.

His extraordinary achievement was announced at Burjeel Hospital, where Alfai was born on June 14, 2018. The hospital facilitated the publication of his book and subsequent recognition by Guinness World Records.

Emirates Heritage Club members, doctors and senior hospital officials celebrated the achievement during a vibrant ceremony packed with activities such as Alfai reading and book signing sessions, a magic show, face painting, dancing and more.

Working on his new book

Eminent Emirati writer Mariam Nasser, officials of the Emirates Heritage Club, Omran AlKhoori, board member and president of business development of Burjeel Holdings, and Waleed Tawfik, chief operating officer of Burjeel Hospital, presented Alfai with the certificate for the “Person younger”. publish a (female) book’. Emirates Heritage Club also offered him a lifetime membership.

Alfai's father, Yaqoub Al Marzooqi (R)

Alfai’s father, Yaqoub Al Marzooqi (R)

AlKhoori underlined the hospital’s pride in supporting Alfai’s global achievement.

“Alfai is the daughter of this hospital. We all know her and her abilities since her childhood,” AlKhoori said.

Dr Sausan Abdul Rahman, consultant obstetrics and gynecology, who delivered Teeb, congratulated Alfai.

Dr. Sausan Abdul Rahman with Alfai

Dr. Sausan Abdul Rahman with Alfai

“I was the first person to take you in my hand and feel your breath. “I am very proud of you,” Dr. Sausan said.

Teeb revealed that Alfai is already working on his next book titled ‘The Lost Cat’.

“Alfai loves animals. Her next book is about a cat. There will be more books in the future,” Teeb added. The book is available in Arabic and English and can be purchased on Alfai’s online platform and its social media platforms.


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