Poetry. Peace. Inter Faith Harmony.


At a very recent setting… between two poets… a dialogue… focusing on universal peace, poetry and interfaith harmony.
Dr. Shihab Ghanem and Geeta Chhabra’s association goes back to the time when Dr. Shihab Ghanem translated into the Arabic language Geeta Chhabra’s poems in English – which was internationally published into a bilingual volume: An Indian Ode To The Emirates in 2012.

Dr. Shihab Ghanem presenting H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum – (Vice President & Prime Minister of UAE) a poetry book dedicated to H.H. at his palace.

Dr. Shihab Ghanem with H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi (Ruler of Sharjah) at the Sharjah Book Fair Award Ceremony in 2003.

Promoting universal peace and harmony….
At the first Poetic Heart Event 2012 in Dubai-UAE at Dubai Knowledge Village.
(From Left to Right) – Mr. Rakesh Tharoor-General Director of Soka Gakkai Internationa Gulf, Ms. Shaikha Al Mutairi- Poet, Mr. Ali Al. Sayegh-Poet, Dr. Akash Ouchi – Representative for Soka Gakkai International for South Asia & Middle East, Dr. Shihab Ghanem – Poet / Translator, Ms. Geeta Chhabra – Poet, Dr. Qais Ghanem – Poet,
Dr. Hasan El Imrani – Poet.

Dr. Shihab Ghanem receives the Tagore Peace Award in Kolkata-India at the Asiatic Society in 2013.

Dr. Shihab Ghanem (third from left) at the World Poetry Society Intercontinental Poetry Award, Chennai-India in 2013.

The association goes back to many years of friendship…
At a restaurant, Dr. Shihab Ghanem with his friend H.E. Mohammed Al-Murr, the UAE FNC Ex-President.

Dr. Shihab Ghanem with Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka during a visit by him to Dubai.

Dr. Shihab Ghanem meets up with Sami Yousuf who is a renowned musician – on one of his visits at his residence in UAE.

At a special event, Dr. Shihab Ghanem with his sons Waddah & Wajid. Waddah received that evening Rashid Award for Scientific Excellence in 2008. He is to receive an award again this year for obtaining a Doctorate Degree.

Dr. Shihab Ghanem with his (late) father – the prominent poet Dr. Muhammad Abduh Ghanem C.B.E., who was the first university graduate in the Arabian Peninsula and the first professor in Yemen. The photo was taken in the mid 1980s.

Dr. Shihab Ghanem’s maternal grandfather - Mohammed Ali Lokman (1898-1966). He was a lawyer, journalist, novelist and a renaissance man with personal connections with freedom fighting leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi.

Dr. Shihab Ghanem’s paternal grandfather – (Syed) Abduh Ghanem Al-Haashmi (1883-1956). He was a businessman, a member of the Legislative Council, and first president of the Arab Reform Club in Tawahi, Aden.