The ‘Publishing and Technology’ Award Winner

The publishing house has adopted, ever since its establishment in London in 1979, a broad-minded cultural project and published a wide spectrum of serious books in thought, science, and art. Several of its publications won awards in various categories covered by the Sheikh Zayed Book Award.

In 1979, the two childhood friends Andre Gaspard and May Ghoussoub founded Dar Al Saqi in London as the first Arabic bookshop in the United Kingdom; in 1983, they started to publish English books.

After the publications of Arabic titles in 1987, Dar Al Saqi was established officially in Beirut in 1991. It has always contributed to the renaissance Arabic cultures. It strives to build bridges between Arabic and other cultures, and to encourage dialogue and discussion between different cultures and peoples. Dar Al-Saqi won numerous international awards, as well as resident authors who won prestigious awards in both Arab and foreign countries. May Ghoussoub died in 2007 and Andre now is the “owner” of Dar Al Saqi.

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