Gold Ring

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Gold Ring (Arabic: سوار الذهب‎‎, Siwari Al-Dhahab) is a United Arab Emirates comic written by Qais Sedki (Arabic: قيس صدقي‎‎) and drawn by Akira Himekawa.[1] The book is the UAE's first manga.[2] The comic is printed in Arabic; an English version is available through mail order.[3]

When Sedki founded Dubai-based publishing house, Pageflip,[1] he wrote that he wanted to fight the perception that Classical Arabic, associated with schoolwork, was "boring." To help form his comic, Sedki approached a female duo of comic book artists, known under the pen name, Akira Himekawa, and asked for consultation on how to best express the manga style.[2] The Himekawa duo became the artists of the books.[1] Gold Ring was awarded the 2010 Sheikh Zayed Book Award for children's literature.[2]

Volume 2 of Gold Ring was released on March 1, 2012.[4]

In June 2014, Japanese animation studio, Gainax announced they would be developing an anime based on the comic.[5]


The story revolves around Sultan, an Arab boy who watches the Gold Ring falconry competition with his friend Ziad. At the competition they find a caged falcon. Sultan convinces his friend to release the falcon into the wild. The next morning, the falcon is at Sultan's doorstep. Sultan calls the bird "Majd" and trains her for an upcoming falconry competition.


  1. ^ a b c Good, Oliver. "Gold Ring: the UAE's first manga" (Archive). The National. July 20, 2009. Retrieved on September 10, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Neild, Barry. "Japanese manga heroes join fight to save Arabic culture" (Archive). CNN. September 10, 2010. Retrieved on September 10, 2010.
  3. ^ Thompson, Jason. "Siwari Al-Dhahab: Sharing the Arabic-Japanese Manga Love in Gold Ring." Comixology. Thursday October 14, 2010. Retrieved on March 23, 2011.
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  5. ^ "Gainax Makes Anime of Arabic Manga Gold Ring by Zelda's Himekawa". Anime News Network. June 6, 2014. Archived from the original on 2015-03-27.  ()

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