Candidates may be nominated in one category per award cycle. Nominations are accepted from the following:
Nominations for the “Cultural Personality of the Year” can be submitted by any of the following:
The Award recognizes cultural achievement across the broadest and most diverse areas of any international cultural awards, including the following:
Works from various categories of literature including poetry, short stories, novels, biographies, theatrical plays, and travel books.
Translated works, either into or from Arabic, that maintain loyalty to original sources, linguistic accuracy, and context
Works in science, literature, culture, fine arts, and humanities, in addition to published scientific theses, produced by authors younger than 40 years of age.
Literary, scientific, and cultural books addressing children and adolescents, whether fictional stories or simplified historical and scientific narratives, in an artistic layout
Books in social sciences and humanities, including economics, sociology, management, politics, law, and theology, that contribute to a nation's advancement, whether theoretical review or documentation of practice.
Recognition of a prominent Arab or international figure (or organization) who has contributed to the advancement of the Arabic culture, and who embodies tolerance in their work and promotes peaceful coexistence.
Publishers, distributors, research institutions, and cultural institutions which promote culture through various forms of digital, visual, or audio processes.
Works produced in languages other than Arabic and tackling the Arab civilization and culture, including humanities, fine arts, literature (novels, shorts stories, poems), and history
Works of criticism in the fields of art, cinema, music, theatrical plays, studies of image, architecture, sculpture, historical ruins, folkloric arts, and theory and history of literature.
May - October 2018
Nominations open for four months every year
Nov 2018 - Feb 2019
Reading panels commence - Longlist
Scientific committee reviews Judges' report