Alia Al Shamsi is an Emirati-Italian author, poet and photographer. She has a Bachelor’s degree in photography from Griffith University, Australia and a Master’s degree in photo-image from Durham University, United Kingdom.
In 2011, Alia created an ongoing exhibit titled Archive 80, which aimed to bridge cultures through 80s nostalgia. Alia has published the children’s books Alayah and You Are Made of Stars, and is also the creative talent behind Night and Day, one of the UAE’s first three silent books published in 2018. Her latest release is a poetry book titled The Ocean Sees Through My Soul, which was launched at Sharjah International Book Fair in 2020.
Alia is the acting cultural programming manager at Louvre Abu Dhabi. She is also furthering her studies with an MSc in Applied Psychology.