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Dhaen Shaheen Al Nuaimi, is an Advisor to Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture). In this role he works towards developing the regulatory framework for all culture and arts sectors across the Emirate according to the strategic objectives of the Dubai Plan 2021. These aims include highlighting Dubai's position as a definitive cultural destination and fast-growing arts hub, and further establishing Dubai as a city of happy, creative and empowered people in line with the vision of the Emirate's wise leadership.

For nearly two decades, Dhaen Shaheen has been involved with the cultural and media sector, with a career that has encompassed journalism at senior levels were he contributed to enriching the cultural and media scene of the Emirate. Prior to his role at Dubai Culture, Shaheen was the Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Media Incorporated from 2010 to 2015. In this role he introduced modern journalism procedures, which integrated the latest e-business processes solutions that resulted in 'Al Bayan' being the first Arab newspaper to rely on an automated newsroom - achieved through of paper-less pre-production.

The strong writing talents of Dhaen were clear since the early years of his studies, which influenced his choice to become a journalist in 1984 after his graduation from United Arab Emirates University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. He soon added to this a Journalism Diploma from Boston University, before beginning his career as Editor of the local affairs section of Al Bayan newspaper. At the newspaper he soon was promoted to lead the review and proofreading department, and continuing his ascendancy to become the Head of the sports section, followed by Head of the culture and entertainment section. Having gained extensive experience across various fields of journalism, he was appointed as Deputy Editor then promoted to Editor in 2005.

The poetry career of Dhaen stretches back to the early eighties, with his first published book of poetry works secured in 1990 titled 'Ayah lal Samt', with its success prompting a collection on articles titled 'Ashya Laysat lel Bayee' in 1992. This was followed by an analysis on Nabati poet's stanza art in the UAE entitled 'Noqosh Ala Abwab Al Nabat' in 1995, followed by a book of his own poetry including 'Attahajak Holman', in addition to his latest works 'The Creative landscape of Fazaa Poetry'.

Dhaen is a member of numerous journalistic and cultural institutions, including the Al Maktoum Foundation, The Cultural and Scientific Association and UAE Journalists Association. He is also the Assistant Secretary-General of the GCC Training Federation for Press Affairs, member of the General Union of Arab Writers and Authors, board member of the Arab Journalism Award, and was recently chosen to become a member of the Arabic Language Advisory Board.​


Dhaen Shaheen won the medal of Minister of Interior for civil services, and in March 2013 he was ranked 43rd on the list of 'The 500 most powerful Arabs in the World' in his first entry of this annual list, issued by the 'Arabian Business' magazine, where he was also ranked 13th amongst the 82 Emiratis listed.