Izzat Omar is Syrian writer and critic, living in the UAE since 1990. He was born in Manbaj and graduated from the Faculty of Arts in Aleppo in 1977. He worked in the Directorate of Culture in Aleppo and at the Institute of Arab Scientific Heritage at the University of Aleppo until 1990. Izzat Omar is a member of the UAE Writers Union, the Editorial Board of the UAE National Cultural Encyclopedia, and jury member for several literary awards. He participated in critical seminars both locally and abroad. He is also a children’s author and writes literary criticism in the local and Arabic press. He has published over 20 creative and critical works.