Key Dates

Our nomination process ensures the best nominees are rewarded

May 2018 —
October 2018

Nominations open for four months every year

October 2018

Phase 1 evaluation of books (reading panel)

November 2018

Announcement of Longlists

November 2018 — January 2019

Phase 2 evaluation of books (panel of Judges)

February 2019

Phase 3 evaluation of books (Scientific Committee reviews judges’ reports)

March 2019

Announcement of shortlists 

March 2019 —
April 2019

Phase 4 evaluation of books (Board of Trustees meets, evaluates scientific committee results and approves winners)

March 2019 - April 2019

Announcement of winners

25 April 2019

Award Presentation Ceremony, Manarat Al Saadiyat (MAS), Abu Dhabi

Award Objectives

Honor intellectuals, researchers, and authors, who have made significant contributions to modern-day literature, social sciences. culture and knowledge.

Award Objectives

Honor prominent figures who have made outstanding achievements at a regional and international level, and informing readers about them in the context of creativity and innovative thought.

Award Objectives

Appreciate the important role of translators in enriching culture and promoting cross-national dialogue. 

Award Objectives

Encourage creativity of youth, and motivate them to research, and create a spirit of positive competition in this vital sector that represents the nation’s present and future

Award Objectives

Honor institutions, commissions, research centers, Arab and international publishing houses that represent an inventive cultural project that caters for creativity, and promote the human values of dialogue and tolerance.


Award Objectives

Encourage children and adolescent’s literature, which seeks to develop this important segment of society, and their aesthetic taste, and constructs their cultural identity on the foundation of creative interaction between the past and present.


Nomination Process

  1. Nominate your book by registering online via
  2. Send 5 copies of your book to Sheikh Zayed Book Award headquarters:
    • Sheikh Zayed Book Award.
    • Department of Culture & Tourism - Abu Dhabi.
    • P.O. Box 2380 Abu Dhabi, UAE.
  3. An email will be sent confirming a successful online nomination once 5 copies of the book are received by the Award.

You can nominate your book for next year's edition from May 1st until October 1st, 2019. Contact us via for more information. 



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Dr. Ali Bin Tamim, Sheikh Zayed Book Award Secretary General

"The Award has remained at the forefront of the Arabic intellectual, cultural and literary landscape for 13 years now, garnering recognition for its credibility and transparency. With each edition, participation and engagement grows, and we look forward to continuing our mission of the enrichment of Arab literature for many years to come.”

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