Dubai-based author Avni Doshi shortlisted for 2020 Booker Prize 

“Burnt Sugar” is US-Indian Doshi’s first novel. (Supplied)
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Updated 15 September 2020

Dubai-based author Avni Doshi shortlisted for 2020 Booker Prize 

DUBAI: Dubai-based author Avni Doshi has been shortlisted for this year’s Booker Prize for her book “Burnt Sugar,” organizers of the coveted British literary award announced on Tuesday. 

“Burnt Sugar” is US-Indian Doshi’s first novel, a story of love and betrayal — not between lovers, but between a mother and her daughter.

She joined the longlist in July and shortly after the announcement was made, she expressed her excitement on Instagram writing: “This is wild.” 

Doshi is among three other debut novelists, Diane Cook, Douglas Stuart and Brandon Taylor, who will be competing for the $63,000 literary prize. The two other nominees are authors Tsitsi Dangarembga and Maaza Mengiste.



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Well wishes poured in to congratulate Doshi.

“Huge and happy congratulations to each of these brilliant shortlisted novelists - and some extra ones to extra-brilliant @avnidoshi and her savage, seductive debut ‘Burnt Sugar,’” tweeted one user.

Another wrote: “*Crying* Congratulations @avnidoshi, you totally deserve this. ‘Burnt Sugar’ is so, so good.”

The prize, subject to intense speculation and a flurry of betting, usually brings the victor, who will be announced in November, a huge boost in sales and profile.

Feet first: Egyptian footwear label blends style and comfort

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Feet first: Egyptian footwear label blends style and comfort

DUBAI: They say “beauty is pain,” but not for Egyptian footwear label Zee.

The brand’s designs combine comfort and style, making its offerings suitable for settings ranging from edgy and urban life to laid-back for the seaside.

Noureldin Kassem, Zee’s founder, said: “It’s really important to be stylish and comfortable. For us being comfortable is very important, and this is why we used a lot of new materials, like different kinds of leather, and made adjustments to the sandals.”

Brave New World, the brand’s latest collection, draws its inspiration partly from Greco-Roman culture, Kassem told Arab News. 

The collection includes 25 styles in a range of bold and bright designs, featuring sandals and slides to suit a wide range of women’s tastes.

Zee, which was established three years ago, is a sustainable brand that is produced in Egypt, but outsources its materials, such as cork soles, from Spain.


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“Sustainability is taking a big share of the market now,” Kassem said.

To make the brand more environmentally friendly, Zee’s packaging now includes pouches made of recycled material made in collaboration with eco-friendly Egyptian fashion brand Up-Fuse. 

Kassem said that while many well-established fashion brands are fighting to survive during the coronavirus pandemic, Zee is taking risks and rebranding itself. 


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Amid plans for a possible launch of trainers or heels, Zee’s team is working on designing sneakers, which better fit the “persona and identity of the brand.”

Kassem also praised his team, including creative director Kegham Djeghalian, for doing “a great job during this difficult period.”