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Gold Ring (Arabic: سوار الذهب‎) is an United Arab Emirates comic written by Qais M. Sedki (Arabic: قيس صدقي‎) and drawn by Akira Himekawa.[1] The book is the UAE's first manga.[2]

Sedki, an Emirati who is a father of two children, left his IT job to become a comic book author. He founded Pageflip, a Dubai publishing house which publishes his work.[1] Sedki wrote the dialog in Classical Arabic; he said that he wanted to fight the perception that Classical Arabic, associated with schoolwork, was "boring." To help form his comic, Sedki approached a female duo of comic book artists known under the pen name Akira Himekawa and asked for consultation on how to best express the manga style.[2] The Himekawa duo became the artists of the books.[1] Gold Ring was awarded the 2010 Sheikh Zayed Book Award for children's literature.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Good, Oliver. "Gold Ring: the UAE's first manga." The National. July 20, 2009. Retrieved on September 10, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Neild, Barry. "Japanese manga heroes join fight to save Arabic culture." CNN. September 10, 2010. Retrieved on September 10, 2010.

External links

United Arab Emirates portal
Anime and manga portal


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