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Saudi: Leading writer Abdullah Manna dies at 81

Prominent Saudi writer and journalist, Abdullah Manna passed away at 81 years on Saturday due to unspecified illness.

Manna was born in Jeddah in 1939. He graduated from dentistry school in Egypt in 1962 and returned to Saudi Arabia where he was appointed as a dentist in a hospital in Jeddah. He later launched a career in journalism, starting at the weekly newspaper Al Raed (Pioneer) and became the editor of Iqra (Read) magazine. He was also a columnist in Al Bilad newspaper.

In 1960, he published a collection of short stories titled ‘Touches’. He later quit dentistry and devoted himself to writing. His other books include ‘The World is A Journey’; ‘A Sense of Thought’; and ‘The Empire of Tone’.

The Jeddah Cultural Club has named Manna as the Personality of the Forum for 2021.


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