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is a Palestinian author and journalist. She was born in Kuwait, graduating from Kuwait University in English language and literature. She worked there as a journalist until 1990 and the Gulf War, when she was forced to leave. She settled in Jordan, establishing her reputation as a short story writer. In 1992 she published her first collection and in 1993 and 1994 was awarded prizes for her works. In 2001 she published her fourth collection of short stories. In 2007 she published her first novel, entitled Root of Passion, and two years later published her first poetry collection. Then came a second novel in 2011, Before the Queen Falls Asleep, and her third novel Velvet for which she was awarded the 2017 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature.
She resettled in UAE, where she works as a journalist for Zahrat al-Khaleej magazine, Abu Dhabi.