About Us

We strongly believe that if we don’t tell our region’s stories in our voices, someone else will, and it won’t be the same.

-Manar and Sharifah Alhinai, founders of Sekka.

Our story

Sekka is an award-winning independent media company and an integrated creative platform that is devoted to exploring arts, culture, opinions and literature from the Arab World, with a focus on the Arab Gulf States. A dynamic mix of print and online media, stories in Sekka present 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, narrated by the people of the region and those with a close relationship to the region.

We bring you some of the region’s thought leaders, emerging voices, photographers and creative talents, who introduce ideas and works that challenge our minds and preconceptions.

Taking inspiration from our name, which translates to a path that ties neighborhoods 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 amplifies regional voices in the international media, where they are currently underrepresented. It allows us to tell our stories, in our voices and reclaim our narrative.

Our people

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.

Accessing Sekka

Our issues tackle a variety of themes that appeal to readers across space and time, making them collectibles that generations ahead can explore and benefit from. Our website provides access to a limited number of our articles at no charge, and an opportunity to shop our print and digital issue as well as 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.

Our Services

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.

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