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 — February 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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Spanish Arabist Prof. Pedro Montavez, is a prominent scholar, translator and author of over 20 books in the field of Arabic language & literature, history of Andalusia & translation. He translated the works of many legendary Arabic poets such as Mahmoud Darwish and Jibran Khalil Jibran.

Winners Interviews

Young Author Award Winner

Ahmad Al Qarmalawi

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Cultural Personality of the Year Award Winner

Arab World Institute

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Publishing and Technology Award Winner

Dar Al Tanweer

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Translation Award Winner

Dr Neji ElOunelli

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Literary and Art Criticism Award Winner

Dr. Mohamed Mechbal

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Children's Literature Award Winner

Hessa Al Muhairi

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Literature Award Winner

Khalil Sweileh

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Arabic Culture in Other Languages Award Winner

Prof. Dag Nikolaus Hasse

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Latest News

Abu Dhabi, 25 Dec 2018

Sheikh Zayed Book Award Longlist Announced for ‘Translation’ Category

Abu Dhabi – 26 December 2018: The Sheikh Zayed Book Award today announced the nominations in the ‘Translation’ category for its 13th edition. Since last May, 107 nominations were received in the cate ...

Abu Dhabi, 20 Dec 2018

Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) Organizes Children Storytelling Event

Abu Dhabi, 20 December 2018: The Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) is organizing a children’s storytelling event in collaboration with Magrudy’s Bookstore on Thursday, 27 December 2018. The storytelling session ...

Abu Dhabi, 05 Dec 2018

Zayed Book Award Longlist Announced for ‘Young Author’ (2018/2019)

Abu Dhabi – December 5, 2018: The Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) announced today the longlist for the Young Author category, with 12 out of the 365 nominations received since May making the list for the 13th edi ...

SZBA Translation Fund Initiative

Get the support you need to translate SZBA-winning titles

Sheikh Zayed Book Award’s Translation Fund grants international publishers with funding to translate SZBA-winning literary and children’s titles into other languages.

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


Cultural Seminars

Sheikh Zayed Book Award Organizes Storytelling Event at Kinokuniya Bookstore, Dubai

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Reading Room

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

“The profound role of translation affects the shaping of perceptions, diversifying cultural and intellectual heritage, enhancing the means to understand others, adapting with progress and expanding knowledge. Consequently, we at the Award encourage all fruitful collaborations, due to our strong belief in sustaining a healthy dialogue between cultures and civilisations, for the great role it plays in fostering development and growth, as there is no civilisation that arose on its own in isolation from the rest of the world.”

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