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Mohamed 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, said while receiving winners of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) 2016 at Al Bahr Palace on Monday. Sheikh Mohamed congratulated winners of the 10th edition of the award, including the Lebanese-born French novelist, Amin Maalouf, who bagged the ‘Cultural Personality of the Year Award’. He also received a delegation from the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) taking part in Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF 2016) organized by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi)

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24-04-2018 | Mid East News | UAE

Arab World Institute wins ‘Cultural Personality’ of 2018

ABU DHABI, The Sheikh Zayed Book Award today announced that the ‘Arab World Institute’ is the winner of the 12th edition of the ‘Cultural Personality of the Year’ title. The honourary award recognises prominent figures and entities for their unique contributions to the advancement of the Arab culture, and for works that portray tolerance and promote peaceful coexistence.

The unanimous decision of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award’s Scientific Committee and Board of Trustees came in recognition of the Institute’s role – since its establishment in 1980 – in promoting cooperation and cultural exchange between France and the Arab world, especially in terms of contributing to the advancement of the Arabic language and Arabic culture in France and Europe. Also, the mutual cooperation with Arab nations in science and technology, in addition to supporting Arab authors and scholars, and hosting numerous cultural events and seminars.

Marking the announcement, Saif Saeed Ghobash, Member of the Award’s Board of Trustees, said, “The Sheikh Zayed Book Award has grown to be an embodiment of the vision of Abu Dhabi in fostering culture and creativity and promoting communication with the global community; this is reflected in the choice of the Arab World Institute as the most deserving entity to win this year’s title, in light of its leading role in founding the cultural Arab-European dialogue and promoting the cultural exchange between the two nations.”

In turn, Dr. Ali bin Tamim, Secretary-General of Sheikh Zayed Book Award, said, “The legacy that the Arab World Institute enjoys, and its long list of contributions to the cultural communication between the Arab and European nations, establishes a strong foundation for it to win the title. And as this coincides with the Year of Zayed, we are extremely delighted and honoured to enroll the Institute in the Award’s hall of fame and wish it all the success in its pursuit in supporting Arabic culture.”

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award recognises cultural achievements across one of the broadest and most diverse areas of any cultural awards internationally. The winner of the award will receive a prize of AED1,000,000, a gold medal bearing the Sheikh Zayed Book Award logo, and a certificate of merit, which will be presented at the award presentation ceremony to celebrate the winning achievements on 30th April, 2018 at Manarat Al Saadiyyat, Abu Dhabi.

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24-04-2018 | Dubai Informer | UAE

Arab World Institute is ‘Cultural Personality of ‘18’

ABU DHABI: The Sheikh Zayed Book Award on Tuesday announced that the ‘Arab World Institute’ is the winner of the 12th edition of the ‘Cultural Personality of the Year’ title. The honorary award recognises prominent figures and entities for their unique contribution to the advancement of the Arab culture, and for works that portray tolerance and promote peaceful coexistence.

The unanimous decision of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award’s Scientific Committee and Board of Trustees came in recognition of the Institute’s role – since its establishment in 1980 – in promoting cooperation and cultural exchange between France and the Arab world, especially in terms of contributing to the advancement of the Arabic language and Arabic culture in France and Europe. Also, the mutual cooperation with Arab nations in science and technology, in addition to supporting Arab authors and scholars, and hosting numerous cultural events and seminars.

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24-04-2018 | archyworldys.com | USA

Sheikh Zayed Award The “Arab World Institute” chooses the personality of the year

The Arab World Institute was established in the 1980s and is based on the Seine River. A member of the Board of Directors of the Arab World is elected on a regular basis. The Sheikh Zayed Book Award, in a statement, said in a statement that the decision of the Scientific Committee of the Award and its Board of Trustees came as “the Institute has a prominent role in deepening the understanding of the Arabic language and culture in France and in understanding the efforts of the Arab world to develop and promote cultural exchange and France and the Arab world “. The statement added that “it had a prominent role in hosting the writers and intellectuals Arab, in addition to lectures and conferences and cultural days and participate in conferences and publications and publications.” “The history of the Arab World Institute and its achievements in activating the movement of cultural exchange with the Arab world and activating it and launching qualitative initiatives make it worthy of the title of the cultural personality of the year,” the website of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award was quoted by the website of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award. The winner of the Cultural Personality of the Year award receives a gold medal bearing the Sheikh Zayed Book Award and a certificate of appreciation in addition to one million dirhams (about $ 272,000).

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07-04-2018 | Publishing Perspective | USA

New Translation Funding for Arabic Literature from the Sheikh Zayed Book Award

This year, the Sheikh Zayed Book Award is offering translation funding for literary and children’s titles that have won the award, with the goal of increasing the readership for Arabic books.

long with the recent announcement of its 2018 winners, the Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) is also launching a new translation funding initiative to encourage more publishers to translate Arabic literature.

Organized by the Department of Culture and Tourism- Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Book Award recognizes writers and academics writing in Arabic and those promoting Arab culture in other languages.

Literary and children’s titles that have won the Sheikh Zayed Book Award are eligible for translation grants of up to approximately US$19,000. (See a list of eligible titles.) Additional grants for certain types of production and promotion are also available. Priority will be given to publishers translating into English, German, and French, though other languages will also be considered.

Publishers interested in acquiring translation rights to SZBA-winning titles can find more information and contact rights holders via the SZBA account on IPR License.

This year, Syrian author Khalil Sweileh has won the Literature category for his novel, Remorse Test, about the Syrian civil war. Emirati author Hessa Al Muhairi won the Children’s Literature category for her picture book, The Dinoraf. And Egyptian author Ahmad Al Qarmalawi won the Young Author category for his novel, Summer Rains. Read about the 2018 winners of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award here.

“The aim of SZBA’s translation fund is to contribute to increasing the number of Arabic books that are translated, published and distributed abroad,” say the SZBA organizers.

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07-04-2018 | News Dog | UAE

Recipients of Zayed Book Award announced

The winners of the 2017 to 2018 Sheikh Zayed Book Award, which aims to promote scholarship and creativity in Arab culture, have been announced.

Dr Ali Bin Tamim, the Secretary-General of the Sheikh Zayed Book Awards, said that “the nominations went through a rigorous assessment… followed by a series of evaluations lasting three months by qualified judging panels.”

The award, which was founded in 2007, carries cash prizes totalling Dh7 million – with Dh750,000 per winner in eight categories. The titles were chosen from 337 nominations across the Mena region. In total, the award’s reading panel has assessed 1,250 nominated works across nine categories, including Young Author, Translation, Children’s Literature and Arabic Culture in Other Languages.

Here is a complete list of the winning entries, excluding the “Contribution to the Development of Nations” award, which will be announced on April 30 at Manarat Al Saadiyat.

Literature: This went to Syrian novelist Khalil Sweileh for Ikhtibar al-nadam (Remorse Test) published by Nofal-Hachette Antoine, Beirut (2017). The book examines the psychological effects of the Syrian Civil War, examined through the lens of a trip taken around a ruined Damascus.

Children’s Literature

Hessa Al Muhairi Courtesy Sheikh Zayed Book Awards
Emirati Hessa Al Muhairi for her story Al Dinoraf, published by Al Hudhud, UAE (2017). In it, a dinosaur sets out to find his counterpart in the animal kingdom. During his search, he meets many animals and learns all about them, before finally coming across one that resembles him: the giraffe. The underlying message is one of tolerance within society and across cultures.

Young author

Ahmad Al Qarmalawi Courtesy Sheikh Zayed Book Awards
Egyptian Ahmad Al Qarmalawi for Amtar Sayfiyyah (Summer Rains), published by Maktabat al-Dar al-Arabiyah lil-Kitab, Cairo (2017). The novel tackles the relationship between music and the soul.

Translation

Néji Elounelli
Tunisian Néji Elounelli for his Arabic translation of Natharayya ‘astiteeqyya’ (Ästhetische Theorie) – the work of German author Theodor W Adorno, published by Al Jamal Publications, Beirut 2017. Adorno’s work investigates the theoretical paradigm of aesthetics that shifts the perspective from the traditional theory of knowledge to critical philosophy in society.

‘Literary and Art Criticism’ Award

Mohammad Mishbal Courtesy Sheikh Zayed Book Awards
Moroccan Mohammad Mishbal for Fi Balaghat Al Hajjaj: nahwa balagha hajjajiyyah litahleel al khitab (The Rhetoric of Al Hajjaj: Towards a rhetoric inspired by Al Hajjaj in analyzing discourse), published by Kunouz Al Ma’refa Publishers, Amman (2017). Academic scholar Mohammad Mishbal’s book elaborates on Al Hajjaj connections to the rhetoric and discourse, analysing the foundational strategies in ancient rhetoric up to present-day, in a well versed language, clear analysis and based on extensive bibliography.

Arab Culture in Other Languages:

Dag Nikolaus Hasse Courtesy Sheikh Zayed Book Awards
Germany’s Dag Nikolaus Hasse for Success and Suppression: Arabic Sciences and Philosophy in the Renaissance. The book focuses on the role of Arabic sciences and philosophy in the Renaissance in Europe.

Saif Saeed Ghobash, director general of the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, congratulated the winners, saying: “This is a fitting appreciation to the memory of the late Sheikh Zayed; crowning this outstanding group of writers, intellectuals, publishers and young talent as winners of an award in his name, and echoing his vision of fostering the sciences to enrich Arab cultural, literary and social life.”

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04-04-2018 | Gulf News | UAE

Syrian author wins Shaikh Zayed Book Award

Abu Dhabi: The Shaikh Zayed Book Award announced on Wednesday the winners for its 12th edition, with the awarding ceremony to take place on April 30.
This year’s edition saw more than 700 submissions for the award from countries around the Arab world. The selected winners will be given a cash prize of Dh750,000, as the award aims to continue promoting the works of authors that help enrich the Arab cultural, intellectual and literature scene.

The Literature Award went to Syrian novelist Khalil Sweileh (right) for his novel ‘Ikhtibar Al Nadam’ (Remorse Test) published by Nofal-Hachette Antoine, Beirut (2017), while Emirati author Hessa Al Muhairi was named winner of Children’s Literature’ Award for her story ‘Al Dinoraf’ (The Dinoraf) published by Al Hudhud Publishing and Distribution, UAE (2017).

In the Young Author category, Egyptian writer Ahmad Al Qarmalawi (left) won the title for his novel ‘Amtar Sayfiyyah’ (Summer Rains), published by Maktabat Al Dar Al Arabiyah lil-Kitab, Cairo (2017).

Néji Elounelli (right) from Tunisia won the Translation Award for his Arabic translation from the work of German author Theodor W. Adorno, ‘Natharayya astiteeqyya’ (Ästhetische Theorie), published by Al Jamal Publications, Beirut 2017

The Literary and Art Criticism Award went to Moroccan academic Mohammad Mishbal for his work, ‘Fi Balaghat Al Hajjaj: Nahwa balagha hajjajiyyah litahleel al khitab’ (The Rhetoric of Al Hajjaj: Towards a rhetoric inspired by Al Hajjaj in analysing discourse), published by Kunouz Al Ma’refa Publishers, Amman (2017).

The Arab Culture in Other Languages Award went to German researcher Dag Nikolaus Hasse (left) for his work ‘Success and Suppression: Arabic Sciences and Philosophy in the Renaissance’, published by Harvard Press 2017 while Dar Al-Tanweer (Beirut/Cairo/Tunisia) won the Publishing and Technology Award.

Making the announcement, Dr Ali Bin Tamim, secretary-general of Shaikh Zayed Book Award, commented: “The nominations went through a rigorous assessment towards selecting the best of the entire body of works received this year, followed by a series of evaluations lasting for three months by qualified judging panels.
“Throughout the past 12 years since its inception, the award has won a reputation of recognising and celebrating the best text in the Arabic literary production, with a deeply rooted transparency engraved on a regional and an international level,” he added.

Saif Saeed Gobash, director-general of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, congratulated the winners for their achievement, stressing that their works deserve the recognition. “As we mark the Year of Zayed, this is a fitting appreciation to the memory of the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan — crowning this outstanding group of writers, intellectuals, publishers and young talent as winners of an award in his name, and echoing his vision of fostering the sciences to enrich the Arab cultural, literary and social life.”

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04-04-2018 | Dot Emirates | UAE

Sheikh Zayed Book Award twelfth edition winners announced

The ‘Literature’ Award went to Syrian novelist Khalil Sweileh for his Novel ‘Ikhtibar al-nadam’ (Remorse Test) published by Nofal- Hachette Antoine, Beirut (2017), while Emirati author Hessa Al Muhairi was named winner of ‘Children’s Literature’ Award for her story ‘’al-dinoraf’ (the Dinoraf) published by Al Hudhud Publishing and Distribution, UAE (2017).

In the ‘Young Author’ category, Egyptian writer Ahmad Al Qarmalawi won the title for his novel ‘Amtar Sayfiyyah’ (Summer Rains), published by Maktabat al-Dar al-Arabiyah lil-Kitab, Cairo (2017).

Neji Elounelli from Tunisia won the ‘Translation’ Award for his Arabic translation from of the work of German author Theodor W. Adorno, ‘natharayya ‘astiteeqyya’ (Asthetische Theorie), published by Al-Jamal Publications, Beirut 2017 The ‘Literary and Art Criticism’ Award went to Moroccan academic Mohammad Mishbal, for his work, ‘Fi Balaghat Al Hajjaj: nahwa balagha hajjajiyyah litahleel al khitab’ (The Rhetoric of Al Hajjaj: Towards a rhetoric inspired by Al Hajjaj in analyzing discourse), published by Kunouz Al Ma’refa Publishers, Amman (2017).

The ‘Arab Culture in Other Languages’ Award went to German researcher Dag Nikolaus Hasse for his work “Success and Suppression: Arabic Sciences and Philosophy in the Renaissance”, published by Harvard Press 2017 while Dar Al-Tanweer (Beirut/Cairo/ Tunisia) won ‘Publishing and Technology’ Award.

Marking the announcement, Dr. Ali Bin Tamim, the Secretary General of Sheikh Zayed Book Award commented: “The nominations went through a rigorous assessment towards selecting the best of the entire body of works received this year, followed by a series of evaluations lasting for 3 months by qualified judging panels, to be concluded by the reviews of the Scientific committee and the final sign off by the Award’s Board of Trustees to name the winning titles of the 12th session.”

Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director-General of the Department of Culture and Tourism– Abu Dhabi, congratulated the winners for their achievement, stressing that their works deserve the recognition.

He said, “As we mark the Year of Zayed, this is fitting appreciation to the memory of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan; crowning this outstanding group of writers, intellectuals, publishers and young talent as winners of an award in his name, and echoing his vision of fostering the sciences to enrich the Arab cultural, literary and social life.”

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04-04-2018 | Abu Dhabi City Guide | UAE

Sheikh Zayed Book Award Twelfth Edition Winners Announced

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award today announced the winners of its 12th Edition (2017-2018).

The ‘Literature’ Award went to Syrian novelist Khalil Sweileh for his Novel ‘Ikhtibar al-nadam’ (Remorse Test) published by Nofal- Hachette Antoine, Beirut (2017), while Emirati author Hessa Al Muhairi was named winner of ‘Children’s Literature’ Award for her story ‘’al-dinoraf’ (the Dinoraf) published by Al Hudhud Publishing and Distribution, UAE (2017).

In the ‘Young Author’ category, Egyptian writer Ahmad Al Qarmalawi won the title for his novel ‘Amtar Sayfiyyah’ (Summer Rains), published by Maktabat al-Dar al-Arabiyah lil-Kitab, Cairo (2017).

Neji Elounelli from Tunisia won the ‘Translation’ Award for his Arabic translation from of the work of German author Theodor W. Adorno, ‘natharayya ‘astiteeqyya’ (Asthetische Theorie), published by Al-Jamal Publications, Beirut 2017 The ‘Literary and Art Criticism’ Award went to Moroccan academic Mohammad Mishbal, for his work, ‘Fi Balaghat Al Hajjaj: nahwa balagha hajjajiyyah litahleel al khitab’ (The Rhetoric of Al Hajjaj: Towards a rhetoric inspired by Al Hajjaj in analyzing discourse), published by Kunouz Al Ma’refa Publishers, Amman (2017).

The ‘Arab Culture in Other Languages’ Award went to German researcher Dag Nikolaus Hasse for his work “Success and Suppression: Arabic Sciences and Philosophy in the Renaissance”, published by Harvard Press 2017 while Dar Al-Tanweer (Beirut/Cairo/ Tunisia) won ‘Publishing and Technology’ Award.

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10-05-2017 | UAEtoday.com | United Arab Emirates

Awards Presentation Ceremony Marked On April 30

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the 11th Sheikh Zayed Book Award ceremony will be held on April 30th, at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi. The event will join key intellectual and literary figures, alongside ministers, senior officials and diplomats, to witness granting eight prizes, namely: Contribution to the Development of Nations Award; Literature Award; Children’s Literature Award; Literary and Arts Criticism Award; Translation Award; Arabic Culture in Other languages Award; Publishing and Technology Award; and Cultural Personality of the Year Award. The event agenda includes a reception ceremony starting at 7:00 PM, showcasing two musical performances by the harpist, Lidia Stankulova from Bulgaria, and Sherif El Moghazy, from Egypt, on the handpan instrument. Additionally, the Award will be hosting a public meet and greet session with its Eight winners on Friday 28th April from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at the Discussion Forum, Hall No. 10, parallel to the Abu Dhabi international Book Fair proceedings.

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10-05-2017 | UAEtoday.com | United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi Honours Winners Of The Eleventh Sheikh Zayed Book Awards

The 11th annual Sheikh Zayed Book Award Ceremony was staged last night (Sunday) in the presence of dignitaries and prominent figures to honour the 2017 winners. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, the ceremony was graced by the presence of His Highness Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, who presented the prizes to the eight winners, accompanied by Dr. Ali bin Tamim, Secretary General of the Sheikh Zayed Book Awards. During the ceremony, the Moroccan historian and scholar Abdallah Laroui received the accolade of Cultural Personality of the Year 2017 Award from HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, which honours prominent figures for their distinguished contributions to the advancement of Arab culture, and for works that call for tolerance and promote peaceful coexistence.

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