Ali F. Khan first started writing whilst living in Damascus, Syria, in 2009-2010. Working as a journalist, whilst studying an undergraduate degree in Arabic and History at SOAS, University of London, he spent many a weekday evening at the infamous Bait Al Qaseed (house of poetry). He currently finds outlets for spoken verse and readings through Dubai’s many artistic societies, such as the Poeticians.
Having been called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2015, Khan currently works as a lawyer in local and international litigation in Dubai, studying and practicing the blend between English Common Law and UAE Civil Law.
An Arabic speaker, of English origin, with Indian and Pakistani roots, Khan has seen Dubai grow throughout his life. His mother having been brought up in Dubai and Sharjah, his unique trilingual and trifocal view of the UAE has helped him develop deep understandings of Dubai’s laws, economics and unique cultures.
Blends and trends, often arising at the coalfaces of dispute throughout history, can only be represented accurately through art, in Khan’s view. The unstructured, raw human elements that transpire injustices of love and war continue to inform his writing, acting and music, whilst he moonlights in the justice industry.