Introduction

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award commemorates the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founding President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and his pioneering role in promoting national unity and development. The Award, and its associated accolades, are presented annually to outstanding writers, intellectuals, and publishers, as well as young talent whose writing and translation in humanities objectively enriches Arab intellectual, cultural, literary and social life. An independent cultural initiative, administered by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, the awards are worth AED 7 million (US $1.9m) annually.

“The book is a pot of science and civilization, culture and knowledge, literature and the arts, and nations are not measured by material wealth only, but by their cultural authenticity.” - Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan

(1971–2004)

Award Objectives

To encourage the development of children’s and adolescents’ literature to influence this important segment of society and its aesthetic taste and help build and retain its cultural identity through creative interaction between the past and present.

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To recognise the work of non-Arab authors and researchers who promote Arab culture through writing in their own languages.

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To recognise intellectuals, researchers, and writers who have made significant contributions to modern-day literature, social sciences, culture and knowledge.

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To recognise and promote prominent figures for their outstanding regional and international achievements while assisting them in building a wide readership to promote creativity and innovative thought.

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To show appreciation for the important role of translators in enriching culture and promoting cross-national dialogue.

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To encourage creativity among our youth and motivate them to research and develop healthy competitive spirits which can be leveraged for the nation’s future success.

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To honour those institutions, commissions, research centres, and Arab and international publishing houses engaged with cultural projects which promote creativity, dialogue and tolerance.

Award Winners

Arabic Culture in Other Languages' Award

“Vom Denken der Natur zur Natur des Denkens”

Dr. David Wirmer – Germany
Translation' Award

“Le Philosophe et La Loi” [The fools of Bethlehem]

Dr. Ziad Bou Akl – Lebanon/France
Literary and Art Criticism' Award

“Fa‘iliyyat al-Khayal al-Adabi’” [The Validity of Literary Fiction]

Said Al- Ghanimi – Iraq/Australia

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Publishing and Technology' Award

The publishing house which has published significant works for all age groups

Arab Scientific Publishers Inc. – Lebanon
Arabic Culture in Other Languages' Award

Arabian-Naito to Nihon-Jin (The Arabian Nights and the Japanese)

Sugita Hideaki – Japan
Translation' Award

Naguib Mahfouz’s Cairo Trilogy (Palace Walk, Palace of Desire and Sugar Street)

Hanawa Haruo – Japan
Literature' Award

Majaneen bait lahem (The Fools of Bethlehem)

Osama Alaysa – Palestine

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Young Author' Award

Permanence and Deception: Post-Colonial Discourse in the Contemporary Arab Criticism” [Al Rasees Wal Mukhatala – Khitab Ma b’d Al Coloniyalyya fil Naqd Al Arabi Al Mu’aser]

Dr. Rami Abu Shihab – Jordan

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Young Author' Award

The Future of International relations, from civilizations conflict to humanitarian civilization and peace Culture.

Mohammed Sa’di – Morocco

Award Winners

Young Author' Award

Dr. Mahmoud Zein Al-Abedeen Syrian Arab Republic Architecture Of The Ottoman Mosques

Dr. Mahmoud Zein Al-Abedeen – Syria
Translation' Award

Althat a'inha Ka'khr, Translated From french by the philosopher paul Ricoeur

Dr. Georges Zinaty – Lebanon

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