The Role of Literary Prizes in Increasing Readership’ Seminar in Collaboration with UAE University

Date: March 20, 2019, 12:30 - 13:45
Location: Al Ain – UAE

To mark the National Month of Reading, Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) organized a panel discussion on 20 March 2019, in partnership with United Arab Emirates University entitled ‘The role of Arabic literary awards in encouraging a culture of reading’ which discussed the positive effects that these awards have on reading initiatives. The panel featured Vice Dean of College of Education at the UAEU Dr. Ali Al Kaabi and Emirati author Dr. Fatima Hamad Al Mazrouei.

Commenting on the event, Dr. Al Kaabi said: “Since the Month of Reading was announced in 2016, government and private establishments have launched several initiatives and activities to celebrate reading.“ Reading plays a vital role in how we gain, understand, and share knowledge as well as how we understand and communicate information. The Sheikh Zayed Book Award is a great example of how cooperation can support the culture of reading, encourage people – especially the younger generation – to read, and motivate young talent to embrace literature.” He added.

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