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Abdullah Bin Zayed Honours Winners of Emirates Novel Award Copy

HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, has honoured the winners of the third cycle of the Emirates Novel Award at a grand ceremony held on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. The Emirates Novel Award was launched in 2014 and powered by twofour54 to acknowledge and support Emirati talents in literature, highlight the literary culture of the Emirati society and educate the community on the importance of reading and writing Maryam al-Muheiri, acting CEO of twofour54, and Jamal al-Shehhi, secretary general of the Award, attended the award-presentation ceremony.

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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. 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. On his part , H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and through his Twitter account , has tweeted and congratulated Maalouf on this winning .

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Reading strategy constitutes quantum leap for future generations

Amal Al Afifi , General Secretariat for Khalifa Award for Education , has stressed that launching Reading Strategy , by President HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan constitute a quantum leap for future generations . This came as she honored the bodies supporting the award . She expressed her appreciation to number of bodies for their efforts including the administration of Abu Dhabi International Book Fair .

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Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan receives winners of Sheikh Zayed Book Award

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces honored the winners of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) 2016 at Al Bahr Palace today. The 10th edition of the contest held on the sideline of Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, under the name of the Lebanese-born French novelist, Amin Maalouf

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Mohamed Bin Zayed: I Call upon Scholars to Confront Vaunted Religion

HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces, received at Al Bahr Palace members of the board of trustees of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies, accompanied by 19 male and female students of the Programme for Emirati Scholars and Dr Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, managing director of Al Muwatta Islamic Research Center. Sheikh Mohamed discussed with the scholars and learners the role of the forum in spreading awareness about the Islamic approach that is based on tolerance, justice and peace, and which rejects bigotry, extremism, violence and sectarian discrimination. Sheikh Mohamed affirmed that everyone is responsible for presenting a true and sound image of Islam, stressing the importance of exerting more efforts and enhancing collectrive co-operation so as to serve its noble objectives. He emphasised the vital role that scholars can play in explaining the principles of Islam and its tolerant teachings and to refute allegations of self-proclaimed scholars and scientists who have by their un-Islamic words and acts marred the bright image of the religion, and taken violence, fanaticism and destruction as tools to killing of innocent people and destroying the social, human and cultural fabric of nations. On the other hand HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed also received winners of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) 2016 at Al Bahr Palace. The winners were accompanied by Dr Ali bin Tamim, the Award’s Secretary-General, a delegation from the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF), a number of key intellectual, literary and media figures participating in the 26th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, fair organisers, officials from the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA), as well as a group of Emirati writers.

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Zayed’s Approach

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award held a celebration the day before yesterday to honor the winners in some of its branches at its 10th edition. The ceremony was held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces and with the participation of HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, deputy prime minister and minister of presidential affairs. The celebration came on the sidelines of the 26th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, which concludes today.

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Mohamed Bin Zayed hails SZBA’s winners

Culture has been and will remain the key benchmark for the development and progress of nations, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, affirmed while receiving winners of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) 2016 at Al Bahr Palace on Monday. ”We, in the UAE, consider science and culture an integral part of our cultural legacy, development process and building of both human being and an open mind with a confident identity that does not compromise values, originality and heritage,” Sheikh Mohamed said.The winners were accompanied by Dr Ali Bin Tamim, the Award’s Secretary-General, a delegation from the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF), a number of key intellectual, literary and media figures participating in the 26th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, fair organisers, officials from the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA), as well as a group of Emirati writers. Present at the meeting was Lt. General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior.

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UAE Aware of True Meaning of Education, Knowledge: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince

Culture has been and will remain the key benchmark for the development and progress of nations, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces, affirmed while receiving winners of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) 2016 at Al Bahr Palace yesterday. HH Sheikh Mohamed congratulated the winners of the 10th edition of the award, namely the Lebanese-born French novelist, Amin Maalouf, winner of the Cultural Personality of the Year. He expressed his appreciation over role being played by intellectual, literary and cultural personalities for instilling the values of science and knowledge in the community through their intellectual and creative works to which they deserve recognition. The winners were accompanied by a delegation from the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) a number of key intellectual, literary, and media figures participating in the 26th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, as well as officials from the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority.

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Mohamed bin Zayed receives winners of Sheikh Zayed Book Award

Culture has been and will remain the key benchmark for the development and progress of nations, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, affirmed while receiving winners of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) 2016 at Al Bahr Palace ”We, in the UAE, consider science and culture an integral part of our cultural legacy, development process and building of both human being and an open mind with a confident identity that does not compromise values, originality and heritage,” HH Sheikh Mohamed said.HH congratulated the winners of the 10th edition of the award, namely the Lebanese-born French novelist, Amin Maalouf, winner of the Cultural Personality of the Year.He appreciated the role being played by intellectual, literary and cultural personalities for instilling the values of science and knowledge in the community through their intellectual and creative works to which they deserve recognition.HH also thanked guests at the fair, particularly Italian writers, who represented Italy as the guests of honour in this year’s cycle of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF). Their participation, HH noted, had allowed Arab readers to learn about the rich cultural and creative work of a country that the UAE has strong bonds of friendship with.”The ADIBF and the SZBA, along with other cultural events in the country, underscore the recognition of the UAE, led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, of the true value both science and knowledge to the community and their vital role in developing the human being and building the future through the development of thought and heightening of awareness so as to cope with transformations and address challenges,” HH said, noting the President’s initiative to make 2016 a Year for Reading.The winners were accompanied by Dr. Ali bin Tamim, the Award’s Secretary-General, a delegation from the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF), a number of key intellectual, literary and media figures participating in the 26th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, fair organisers, officials from the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA), as well as a group of Emirati writers.The winners of the award expressed their delight at visiting the UAE, which they said is celebrating the Year of Reading as a landmark to encourage reading and hone literary skills of members of the community with more knowledge – the main driving force for development and cultural and human progress.

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Mohammad receives Zayed Book Award winners

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received the winners of the Shaikh Zayed Book Award 2016 and a delegation of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction at Al Bahr Palace yesterday. He also received authors, intellectuals and media persons participating in the 26th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADBF), a number of ADBF’s organisers and officials from the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority.

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AD CP lauds Sheikh laved Book Award winners

Culture has been and will remain the key benchmark for the development and progress of nations, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, affirmed while receiving winners of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) 2016 at Al Bahr Palace. ‘’We, in the UAE, consider science and culture an integral part of our cultural legacy, development process and building of both human being and an open mind with a confident identity that does not compromise values, originality and heritage,’’ Sheikh Mohamed said. His Highness also thanked guests at the fair, particularly Italian writers, who represented Italy as the guests of honour in this year’s cycle of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF).

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Mohamed meets Maalouf

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, with Amin Maalouf, winner of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award for Cultural Personality of the Year (c), and HE Dr Ali bin Tamim Secretary General of Sheikh Zayed Book Award (R), at Al Bahr Palace on Monday

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Culture key benchmark for development

Culture has been and will remain the key benchmark for the development and progress of nations, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, affirmed while receiving winners of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award [SZBA] 20f6 at Al Bahr Palace on Monday. HH also thanked guests at the fair, particularly Italian writers, who represented Italy as the guests of honour in this year’s cycle of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF). Their participation, HH noted, had allowed Arab readers to learn about the rich cultural and creative work of a country that the UAE has strong bonds of friendship with.

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Mohamed bin Zayed receives winners of Sheikh Zayed Book Award

Culture has been and will remain the key benchmark for the development and progress of nations, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, affirmed while receiving winners of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) 2016 at Al Bahr Palace today.”We, in the UAE, consider science and culture an integral part of our cultural legacy, development process and building of both human being and an open mind with a confident identity that does not compromise values, originality and heritage,” HH Sheikh Mohamed said.HH congratulated the winners of the 10th edition of the award, namely the Lebanese-born French novelist, Amin Maalouf, winner of the Cultural Personality of the Year.He appreciated the role being played by intellectual, literary and cultural personalities for instilling the values of science and knowledge in the community through their intellectual and creative works to which they deserve recognition.HH also thanked guests at the fair, particularly Italian writers, who represented Italy as the guests of honour in this year’s cycle of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF).

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‘I prefer to write about our past’

Lebanese-born French author Amin Maalouf is in a celebratory mode because of two important events in his life – his 45th wedding anniversary and winning the 2016 Cultural Personality of the Year Award at The Sheikh Zayed Book Awards. “It is wonderful, I am so happy and so grateful,” Maalouf told The National before accepting the award at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair yesterday. With other awards under the 67-year-old’s belt, such as the Prix Goncourt for Samarkand, and The Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, the latest prize includes Dh1 million, a gold medal bearing the Sheikh Zayed Book Award logo and a certificate of merit. Maalouf interjects with a smile: “We both have this curiosity. We are always seeking and researching. Before I was quicker using my books, and now she is quicker, using Google on her smartphone.” Amin Maalouf’s works, written mainly in French, have been translated into more than 40 languages. Courtesy TCA Abu Dhabi.

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