About Ahlam Gharbaoui
Born in the Netherlands, Ahlam Gharbaoui’s life took an unexpected turn at the age of six when her parents made the courageous decision for her to embark on a unique and transformative journey. Leaving behind the familiarity of her homeland and her loving parents, Ahlam set out to study and live with her grandparents in Fes, Morocco. This separation brought forth a myriad of emotions as she yearned for the presence of her parents and the cherished memories she had left behind.
At the age of 8, Ahlam discovered a treasure trove of knowledge within her grandfather’s library in Fes. It was there that she stumbled upon a transformative book titled “Self Criticism” by Allal El Fassi. This remarkable literary work fortified Ahlam’s belief in the importance of women’s rights, children’s rights, and the need to challenge societal gender roles. The book became a guiding force, fueling her passion for justice and equality. Despite the distance, she remained deeply connected to her parents and the Netherlands, eagerly anticipating summer holidays to reunite with them, relishing the familiar sights, the laughter of her multicultural friends, and the comforting green landscapes near her parents’ home.
Infused with the spirit of her experiences and the wisdom gained from her grandfather’s library, Ahlam’s creative journey blossomed. Her poetry became a vessel to express the complexities of longing, cultural identity, and the pursuit of a more just world. Each brushstroke on her canvases reflected the vibrant hues of her multicultural upbringing and the resilience she carried within.
“Senses in Arabia” is an enchanting literary masterpiece that seamlessly blends the poetic expressions of Ahlam Gharbaoui, a talented Moroccan-Dutch writer and artist painter. With an extraordinary eye for detail and a powerful voice, Ahlam invites readers on an unforgettable journey through the bustling streets of Amsterdam to the vibrant markets of Marrakesh, and from the grand halls of power to the humblest homes. In this captivating collection, she unravels the multilayered nature of our global society, igniting our senses and awakening our souls. Through the harmonious combination of poetry and visual art, Ahlam’s words and paintings intertwine, creating a truly immersive and visually captivating reading experience.
Within the pages of “Senses in Arabia,” Ahlam shares her deepest thoughts, imaginative musings, heartfelt emotions, and profound reflections on life, love, faith, and justice. What sets this collection apart is its ability to evoke raw honesty and provoke introspection. Ahlam’s words become an invitation, urging us to contemplate our place in the world and seek meaning and connection in our own lives. Her poems transcend borders and boundaries, connecting people across cultures and uniting them through the shared emotions that make us undeniably human.
Ahlam Gharbaoui is a prominent figure in both the literary and artistic worlds. Fluent in Dutch, Arabic, French, and English, she draws inspiration from her multicultural background to craft her poetic masterpieces. Alongside her writing, Ahlam’s remarkable career includes serving as a high-profile governmental advisor in the diplomatic field and general manager for multinational companies in the United Arab Emirates. Her expertise has been sought after by diplomatic delegations, ministers, and even royalty. Moreover, she has played a pivotal role in providing support to Arab female victims of domestic violence in the Netherlands.
Driven by her entrepreneurial spirit, Ahlam has also established multiple successful international businesses. Her poetic prowess shines brightly, infusing her verses with the colors of diverse cultures and painting vivid images beneath the golden sun.