Key Dates

Our submission process ensures the best nominees are rewarded

October 2023

Phase 1 evaluation of books (reading panel)

November 2023

Announcement of Longlists

November 2023 — January 2024

Phase 2 evaluation of books (panel of Judges)

February 2024

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

March 2024

Announcement of shortlists 

March 2024 —
April 2024

Phase 4 evaluation of books (Board of Trustees meets to approve winners)

April 2024

Announcement of Winners

May 2024

Award Presentation Ceremony 

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.


Submission Process

  1. Submit your book by registering online.
  2. Send 5 copies of your book to Sheikh Zayed Book Award HQ:
    • Sheikh Zayed Book Award.
    • Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre.
    • Department of Culture & Tourism - Abu Dhabi.
    • P.O. Box 7050 Abu Dhabi, UAE.
  3. An email will be sent confirming a successful online submission once 5 copies of the book are received by the Award.

You can submit your book for this year's edition from June 1st - Oct 1st, 2023. Contact us via for more information. 



Winners Testimonials

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I am quite honoured for winning the Sheikh Zayed Book Award. This award represents a bridge between the people of the world and their cultures. Winning it encourages me to continue with my efforts in this field, and conversation between the Arab ...

Winners Interviews

Literature Award Winner

Ali Jaafar Al Allaq

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Translation Award Winner

Chokri Al Saadi

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Arab Culture in Other LanguagesAward Winner

Mathieu Tillier

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Young AuthorAward Winner

Said Khatibi

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Latest News

Abu Dhabi, 04 Apr 2024

Sheikh Zayed Book Award Announces Winners of its 18th Edition

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, the Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) organised by the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC), part of the Department of Cultu ...

Abu Dhabi, 07 Mar 2024

Sheikh Zayed Book Award unveils shortlists for its 18th edition

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA), organised by the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC), has unveiled the shortlists for its 18th edition, showcasing an array of rema ...

Abu Dhabi, 11 Jan 2024

Sheikh Zayed Book Award Released 10 Translations in 2023

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) at the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC) has announced that its Translation Grant initiative enabled the translation of six new books this year. This brings the total number of ...

SZBA Translation Grant

Get the support you need to translate SZBA winning and shortlisted titles

Funding is available for translation of all literature and children’s titles that have won the Sheikh 
Zayed Book Award, as well as shortlisted literature and children’s titles starting in 2021.

For more information on the grant, the list of eligible titles, and how to apply, contact us on


How to Apply for Sheikh Zayed Book Award Translation Grant


18th Edition Submissions

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The Award recognises cultural achievements in a range of knowledge fields spanning ten categories, including: Contribution to the Development of Nations, Children's Literature, Young Author, Translation, Literature, Literary & Art Criticism, Arab Culture in Other Languages, Publishing & Technology, Editing of Arabic Manuscripts and Cultural Personality of the Year.


participating countries
award winners
AED 7,750,000 million
prize money