Sekka is an award-winning international, independent magazine and integrated creative platform that is devoted to exploring and celebrating arts, culture, opinions and literature from the Arab World, with a focus on the Arab Gulf States, narrated by a new generation of change makers and bold voices.
Sekka is visually-driven, creatively designed, original, and bold. Our magazine issues, which are a cross between a book and a magazine, tackle a variety of themes that appeal to readers across space and time, making them precious collectibles, of what is important at the time, that generations ahead can explore and benefit from.
In each issue, we present you thought leaders, icons, tastemakers, emerging voices, artists, photographers and creative talents, who introduce ideas and works that challenge our minds and preconceptions, through captivating visual storytelling, intelligent opinion pieces, bold analysis, and insightful narratives.
Taking inspiration from our name, which translates to a path that ties neighbourhoods together in Arabic, the stories we produce help foster cross-cultural dialogues between the Arab Gulf States and wider Arab World, and the rest of the globe. Sekka presents curious and inquisitive readers from around the globe with authentic insights into one of the most important, misunderstood and misrepresented regions in the international media. Sekka amplifies regional voices in the international media, where they are currently underrepresented. It serves as an international platform that promotes creative talent from the Arab World. It allows us to tell our stories, in our voices and reclaim our narrative.
Sekka was founded in 2017 by Manar and Sharifah Alhinai. We work with over 100 Arab journalists and creatives who are dedicated to our mission. All content produced by Sekka helps empower and support the people of the region.
Our issues are published three times a year in print and digital formats and are available through our network of global stockists: Bruil & Van De Staaij, Newsstand UK, Iconic Magazines, Casa Magazines and Issuu. Sekka is also available to passengers onboard Etihad Airways to read on E-Box. Our website provides access to a limited number of our articles at no charge, and an opportunity to shop our print and digital issues as well as our forthcoming merchandise.
Sekka Literary Prize
Sekka holds an annual literary prize competition, with the goal of empowering creative writers, and introducing emerging Arab pens to an international audience. The shortlisted and winning entries are published in our annual literature issue.
In line with our mission of building bridges between the Arab Gulf States and wider Arab region, and the rest of the world, we welcome partnerships with international publishing houses to produce foreign-language editions of all our publications. We also partner with entities and individuals on arts and culture projects.
We strongly believe that if we don’t tell our region’s stories in our voices, others will, and it won’t be the same.
-Manar and Sharifah Alhinai, founders of Sekka.
Sekka Creative Studio
Sekka’s mission is founded on the principal of promoting artistic expression directly from authentic local sources. Our team of experts help you produce content and branded products, provide you with creative consultancy, build publications, plan cultural and artistic events and more. Get in touch with us today to see how we can be of help.