Renowned poet Karim Al Iraqi, whose real name is Karim Oudah, passed away on Friday at the age of 68 in an Abu Dhabi hospital after a battle with cancer. He had been undergoing treatment in the UAE for over a year following his diagnosis.
Karim Al Iraqi was celebrated in the Arab world for his significant contributions to the literary industry. His passing has led to an outpouring of grief and condolences from admirers and leaders alike.
The President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, expressed his condolences and paid tribute to the poet on social media, stating, “May God have mercy on the poet Karim Al Iraqi, who moved to the mercy of his Lord, leaving behind a rich legacy of creativity. He had a relationship of mutual love and appreciation with the Emirates and its people over many years. Sincere condolences and sympathy to his family and loved ones in brotherly Iraq, the Arab region, and the world.”
Arif Al Saadi, the advisor for Cultural Affairs to Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’ Al Sudani, also confirmed the poet’s passing and expressed his condolences, saying, “I mourn for you, the poet Karim Al Iraqi, who passed away in Abu Dhabi.”
Born in Baghdad in 1955, Karim Al Iraqi’s creative work resonated not only in Iraq but also throughout the Arab world. Over the years, he received numerous honors and awards, including the prestigious Prince Abdulaziz Al Faisal International Award. His legacy as a poet and his impact on Arab literature will continue to be remembered and cherished.