Doleh said the DIWC
works closely with schools in Dubai.
Abdullah Al Shaer, Director of DIWC, said that programme allows writers to spend time developing a work in progress and participate in community outreach events to enrich residents with their experiences.
The DIWC will be holding weekly talks by Mackintosh-Smith throughout January.
DIWC organises bridge and mahjong games three days a week in the mornings and afternoons respectively, and arranges monthly excursions for members wishing to see the wealth of the UAE.
Gulf News caught up with DIWC members one afternoon over a fast-paced game of mahjong.
The Dubai International Writers Centre will be a wonderful addition to the cultural landscape of Dubai and the Middle East," said Abdulla Al Shaer, Director of the DIWC.
The DIWC was officially launched at a grand opening ceremony held in the centre's home in the picturesque Al Shindagha Historical Neighbourhood.