Translation Grant - Sheikh Zayed Book Award

The aim of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award’s translation grant is to contribute to increasing the number of Arabic books that are translated, published, and distributed abroad. Funding is available for translation of all literary and children’s titles that have won or have been shortlisted for the Sheikh Zayed Book Award.

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Spotlight On Rights

Through its “Spotlight on Rights” programme launched in 2009, Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC) aims to raise awareness about the benefits of copyrighting works while supporting the translation of content into and from Arabic. Grants are also awarded to convert printed content into digital e-books and audiobooks. Another goal of the programme is to foster greater cooperation between Arab and international publishers.


Since its launch, the programme had contributed to the publication of more than 1,035 books by over 140 publishers. Publications included science, history and social science books, among others, as well as children's books, while the Arabic library was enriched with books translated into several languages. In 2020, the programme introduced audio e-books to keep pace with the growth of electronic and audio content worldwide.


Grants for a paper book translated from and into Arabic range from AED 9,200 to AED 14,700 (grant applications for a series of children’s books are considered as one application). Meanwhile, grants for converting to an e-book range from AED 3,700 to AED 7,400, while grants to convert to an audiobook range from AED 5,500 to AED 7,400.


Participants can register and submit forms for the “Spotlight on Rights” programme through the website of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair at


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