Smart Book Club

In response to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, declaring the year 2016 as the year of reading, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University Library is glad to announce a new initiative: "Smart Reading Club", which will provide many books in Arabic and English covering variety of topics. This initiative aims to disseminate knowledge and encourage the community to enrich their general information.


Smart Book Club initiative aims at encouraging reading and innovation, as part of this initiative, the club will be announcing one book or more to be read and then receive comments through the “Smart Book Club” platform, in an interactive model between all readers. Then each reader will write a “Review/Summary” about the book(s) and send it via the platform to enter the "Best Review" competition, which will be judged by a group of academics. Three readers will be chosen as winners and will be awarded and honored by HBMSU.


  • Increase awareness about the importance of reading.
  • Develop the habit of self-learning and continues learning.
  • Develop the ability of analytical and critical thinking through the “Best Review" competition.
  • Encourage knowledge dissemination among readers from different cultural and cognitive levels
  • Supporting the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Initiative (Arab Reading Challenge).
  • Encouraging the student community in universities in the Arab world to achieve the vision of the resumption of civilization.
  • Contribute to the promotion of lifelong learning.

How to participate

  • Registering in the Smart Book Club platform
  • Read the chosen book. In this edition, the Club has selected a book by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum “ قصتي”.
  • The written review should be on the book's stories, including its impact on the reader, the community and linking it to real life experiences.
  • Upload a written review onto the platform before the deadline

Terms & Conditions:

  1. Each participant may participate with no more than one review per book. Otherwise, all reviews will be disqualified.
  2. Reviews must be written in a correct and proper Arabic language.
  3. The maximum number of words allowed for each review is 1000 words.
  4. Reviews shall be submitted no later than 4:00 pm, Sunday, March-31, 2019.
  5. All submitted “reviews” will be evaluated by the jury. Winners will be announced and the prizes will be awarded in a special ceremony that will be organized accordingly.