2020 Online Award Ceremony
Thursday 16 April 2020
This year’s 14th edition of the award acknowledges some of the most challenging and exciting work about the Arab world, reflecting the scope and depth of Arab cultural achievement both in Arabic and other languages.
In the context of the global coronavirus pandemic, it will come as no surprise that we’ve reimagined the way in which we’re celebrating this year’s laureates. In lieu of our usual ceremony, we hosted a livestream presentation introducing this year’s international recipients to the world. Each winner was presented and shared a few words. The broadcast was introduced by HE Dr Ali Bin Tamim, Secretary General of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award and Abu Dhabi TV reporter Suhail Al Zubaidi.
The 2020 Sheikh Zayed Book Award winners are:
1 Literature Award Winner: Tunisian poet Moncef Ouhaibi for his book (The Penultimate Cup).
2 Children’s Literature Award Winner: Palestinian-American author Ibtisam Barakat for her book (The Lilac Girl).
3 Young Author Award Winner: Iraqi writer and academic Hayder Qasim for his book (Islamic Theology in the Studies of German Orientalists).
4 Translation Award Winner: Tunisian academic Mohamed Ait Mihoub, for (L’homme romantique) by French philosopher Georges Gusdorf, translated from French to Arabic.
5 Arabic Culture in Other Languages Award Winner: Dutch author, translator, and scholar Richard van Leeuwen for his book The Thousand and One Nights and Twentieth-Century Fiction: Intertextual Readings.
6 Publishing & Technology Award Winner: Banipal Magazine in London, UK. Founded by Margaret Obank from the UK and Samuel Shimon from Iraq.
7 Cultural Personality of the Year: Palestinian poet, writer, translator and anthologist Salma Khadra Jayyusi for her profound contribution to Arabic literature and culture.