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Sheikh Zayed Book Award Announces Winners of Its Tenth Cycle (2015-2016)

Today the Sheikh Zayed Book Award announced the names of the winners of its tenth cycle (2015-2016) following the Board of Trustees’ meeting last week, which marked the last step in the selection process. Meanwhile, titles in both ‘Children’s Literature’ and ‘Young Author’ categories did not meet the Award’s standards. Consequently, the Board of Trustees opted to withhold the awards allocated to them. However, the Cultural Personality of the Year will be announced in a few days.

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Winners of ‘Sheikh Zayed Book Award’ honored

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the 10th Sheikh Zayed Book Award ceremony was held on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs attended the ceremony and honoured winners of the award, including author Amin Ma’louf, who was named the “Cultural Personality of the Year.” Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al-Nahyan, member of the Executive Council, attended the ceremony, along with other senior officials.

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Ibrahim Abdul Majeed won Sheikh Zayed Book Award

Reports say that Ibrahim Abdul Majeed from Egypt won Sheikh Zayed Book Award for his work ‘Beyond writing’.

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SZBA Annual Book Award ceremony to be held Sunday

The grand ceremony to present the 10th Sheikh Zayed Book Awards will take place next Sunday May 1st 2016, under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, during the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi.

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1260 exhibitors set for Abu Dhabi book fair

The 26th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) will welcome 1,260 exhibitors , 20 illustrators and 600 authors from 63 countries, representing one of Abu Dhabi’s biggest cultural events and its prominent role in promoting books and reading in the Arab world. Announcing the book fair, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority (TCA) officials said Italy would be the guest country. “A commitment to diversified cultural activities undertaken to the highest standards of quality reflecting the rich Arab and local cultural tourism scene sets Abu Dhabi Tourism & Cultural Authority apart. Once again, the activities and events at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair reflect local and global cultural and intellectual concerns,” said Dr Ali Bin Tamim, member of the Authority’s Board of Directors. “Italy has been chosen as this year’s Guest of Honour due to its importance to the cultural and political landscape in the contemporary world, and the cultural bonds that brought us together centuries ago. Selecting the great philosopher Ibn Rushd as ADIBF’s Personality of the Year recognises his credentials as a courageous historical thinker and his contribution to creating and spreading the region’s cultural renaissance”, added Dr Bin Tamim. In addition to the extensive cultural programme, the Fair’s 26th edition will attract visitors with a wide spectrum of interests according to Mohamed Al Shehhi, director of Research & Publication at TCA Abu Dhabi. “We renew our loyalty to the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the nation, through the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, and we celebrate Arab creators and prominent narrators through the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF). This year through our Ibn Rushd as our focus personality and Italy as guest of honour, we combine two parallel lines in the history of humanity that bridge two flourishing Arab and European civilisations,” said Al Shehhi.

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1,260 exhibitors set for Abu Dhabi book fair.

The 26th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) will welcome 1,260 exhibitors , 20 illustrators and 600 authors from 63 countries, representing one of Abu Dhabi’s biggest cultural events and its prominent role in promoting books and reading in the Arab world. Announcing the book fair, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority (TCA) officials said Italy would be the guest country. “A commitment to diversified cultural activities undertaken to the highest standards of quality reflecting the rich Arab and local cultural tourism scene sets Abu Dhabi Tourism & Cultural Authority apart. Once again, the activities and events at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair reflect local and global cultural and intellectual concerns,” said Dr Ali Bin Tamim, member of the Authority’s Board of Directors. “Italy has been chosen as this year’s Guest of Honour due to its importance to the cultural and political landscape in the contemporary world, and the cultural bonds that brought us together centuries ago. Selecting the great philosopher Ibn Rushd as ADIBF’s Personality of the Year recognises his credentials as a courageous historical thinker and his contribution to creating and spreading the region’s cultural renaissance”, added Dr Bin Tamim. In addition to the extensive cultural programme, the Fair’s 26th edition will attract visitors with a wide spectrum of interests according to Mohamed Al Shehhi, director of Research & Publication at TCA Abu Dhabi. “We renew our loyalty to the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the nation, through the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, and we celebrate Arab creators and prominent narrators through the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF). This year through our Ibn Rushd as our focus personality and Italy as guest of honour, we combine two parallel lines in the history of humanity that bridge two flourishing Arab and European civilisations,” said Al Shehhi.

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1,260 exhibitors set for Abu Dhabi book fair

The 26th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) will welcome 1,260 exhibitors , 20 illustrators and 600 authors from 63 countries, representing one of Abu Dhabi’s biggest cultural events and its prominent role in promoting books and reading in the Arab world. Announcing the book fair, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority (TCA) officials said Italy would be the guest country. “A commitment to diversified cultural activities undertaken to the highest standards of quality reflecting the rich Arab and local cultural tourism scene sets Abu Dhabi Tourism & Cultural Authority apart. Once again, the activities and events at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair reflect local and global cultural and intellectual concerns,” said Dr Ali Bin Tamim, member of the Authority’s Board of Directors. “Italy has been chosen as this year’s Guest of Honour due to its importance to the cultural and political landscape in the contemporary world, and the cultural bonds that brought us together centuries ago. Selecting the great philosopher Ibn Rushd as ADIBF’s Personality of the Year recognises his credentials as a courageous historical thinker and his contribution to creating and spreading the region’s cultural renaissance”, added Dr Bin Tamim. In addition to the extensive cultural programme, the Fair’s 26th edition will attract visitors with a wide spectrum of interests according to Mohamed Al Shehhi, director of Research & Publication at TCA Abu Dhabi. “We renew our loyalty to the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the nation, through the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, and we celebrate Arab creators and prominent narrators through the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF). This year through our Ibn Rushd as our focus personality and Italy as guest of honour, we combine two parallel lines in the history of humanity that bridge two flourishing Arab and European civilisations,” said Al Shehhi.

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Sheikh Zayed Book Award names Maalouf as Cultural Personality of the Year

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award’s board of trustees and scientific committee announced that the Lebanese-born French novelist Amin Maalouf has won this year’s Cultural Personality of the Year Award in recognition of his achievement as a novelist, who has conveyed in French some key moments in the history of Arab and other Eastern peoples to the entire world. He shed light on distinguished personalities dedicated to promoting harmony and dialogue between the East and the West.

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Amin Maalouf ..

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award’s board of trustees and scientific committee announced that the Lebanese-born French novelist Amin Maalouf has won this year’s Cultural Personality of the Year Award in recognition of his achievement as a novelist, who has conveyed in French some key moments in the history of Arab and other Eastern peoples to the entire world.

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Zayed Award Selects Lebanese Novelist Amin Maalouf for Cultural Personality of the Year Award

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award’s board of trustees and scientific committee announced today that the Lebanese-born French novelist Amin Maalouf has won this year’s Cultural Personality of the Year Award in recognition of his achievement as a novelist, who has conveyed in French some key moments in the history of Arab and other Eastern peoples to the entire world. He shed light on distinguished personalities dedicated to promoting harmony and dialogue between the East and the West.

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Amin Maalouf

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award’s board of trustees and scientific committee announced that the Lebanese-born French novelist Amin Maalouf has won this year’s Cultural Personality of the Year Award in recognition of his achievement as a novelist, who has conveyed in French some key moments in the history of Arab and other Eastern peoples to the entire world. He shed light on distinguished personalities dedicated to promoting harmony and dialogue between the East and the West.

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Shaik Zayed Book Award mourns winner

Sheikh Zayed Book Award mourned Hanawa Haruo from Japan who was named winner of the ‘Translation’ Award for his Naguib Mahfouz’s Cairo Trilogy (Palace Walk, Palace of Desire and Sugar Street) translated to Japanese.

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Zayed Award Selects Lebanese Novelist Amin Maalouf for Cultural Personality of the Year Award

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award’s board of trustees and scientific committee announced today that the Lebanese-born French novelist Amin Maalouf has won this year’s Cultural Personality of the Year Award in recognition of his achievement as a novelist, who has conveyed in French some key moments in the history of Arab and other Eastern peoples to the entire world. He shed light on distinguished personalities dedicated to promoting harmony and dialogue between the East and the West. The Award is given in recognition of Mr. Maalouf’s ability to re-create unique experiences and adventures in an extraordinary literary style that amalgamates distinctly Arabic narrative and modernist Western styles in creative works and intellectual research.

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Sheikh Zayed Book Award names Lebanese novelist Amin Maalouf as Cultural Personality of the Year

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award announced today the decision of its board of trustees and scientific committee naming Lebanese-born French novelist Amin Maalouf winner of this year’s Cultural Personality of the Year Award in recognition of his achievement as a novelist who has conveyed in French some key moments in the history of Arab and other Eastern peoples to the entire world.He shed light on distinguished personalities dedicated to promoting harmony and dialogue between the East and the West.

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Zayed Award Selects Lebanese Novelist Amin Maalouf for Cultural Personality of the Year Award

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award announced today the decision of its board of trustees and scientific committee naming Lebanese-born French novelist Amin Maalouf winner of this year’s Cultural Personality of the Year Award in recognition of his achievement as a novelist who has conveyed in French some key moments in the history of Arab and other Eastern peoples to the entire world.He shed light on distinguished personalities dedicated to promoting harmony and dialogue between the East and the West. The award is given in recognition of Maalouf’s ability to recreate unique experiences and adventures in an extraordinary literary style that amalgamates distinctly Arabic narrative and modernist Western styles in creative works and intellectual research.Born in Lebanon in 1949, Amin Maalouf holds a degree in economics and sociology from Beirut University. He worked in the Beirut-based daily Al-Nahar newspaper, reporting on international and political affairs. He had firsthand experience of the Lebanese civil war, and then moved to Paris with his wife and children, where he worked for the weekly newspaper Al-Nahar Al-Arabi and then at the French Jeune Afrique.Maalouf’s first book in French, The Crusades through Arab Eyes (1983), revealed his fundamental interests: history on the one hand, and narrative writing on the other. Back then, the Crusades were a central theme in French historical studies and literary texts based on history, but they were rarely presented from an Arab perspective. Maalouf‘s book presented the Crusades as experienced by the Arab community in its various segments and affiliations. He followed a strictly objective approach founded on a humanism that pervades all his work. The Crusades were not merely wars of religion as they are sometimes taken to be; they were cultural clashes whose impact can still be witnessed today.Amin Maalouf continued to make use of history in his fiction and to employ his narrative skill in his historical studies. He has published a number of novels based on history, including Leon Africanus (1986), Samarkand (1988), The Gardens of Light (1991), The Rock of Tanios (1993), etc. His works are characterised by a consistent array of themes ranging from his civil war experience, constant search for identity, cultural tolerance, and world citizenship. The central themes of Maalouf’s narratives are embodied in his characters, most of whom speak several languages, master more than one talent, and enjoy multiple citizenships. Several characters in his novels are victims of circumstances (migration, war, and unremitting suffering); nevertheless, they are able to reinvent their own destinies, relying on their talent and belief in their high human values.Maalouf’s treatment of themes that touch upon modern-day fears and concerns, in intricate poetic and narrative forms, secured his indisputable position within the literary world. Hence the decision by the Sheikh Zayed Book Award to name him Cultural Personality of the Year.The award ceremony will take place on May 1st, 2016, at ADNEC, coinciding with the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.

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