Sheikh Zayed Book Award
Sheikh Zayed Book Award

Sheikh Zayed Book Award

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The Sheikh Zayed Book Award commemorates the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founding Father of the UAE, and his pioneering role in promoting national unity and development. The Award, and its associated accolades, are presented annually to outstanding writers, intellectuals, and publishers, as well as young talent whose writing and translation in humanities objectively enriches Arab intellectual, cultural, literary, and social life.

Key Dates
October 2023
Phase 1 Evaluation of Books (Reading Panel)
November 2023
Announcement of Longlists
November 2023 - January 2024
Phase 2 Evaluation of Books (Panel of Judges)
February 2024
Phase 3 Evaluation of Books (Scientific Committee reviews judges’ reports)
March 2024
Announcement of Shortlists
March 2024 - April 2024
Phase 4 Evaluation of Books (Board of Trustees meets to approve winners)
April 2024
Announcement of Winners
May 2024
Award Presentation Ceremony

Sheikh Zayed Award 2023 Book Winners

Bayt Elhekma for Creative Industries China
Aims to establish a cross-cultural dialogue between China and the Arab world.
Casa Árabe Spain
Focuses on promoting Arab culture within the European context and across Latin American countries through distinctive activities.
Dr Ahmed Somai Tunisia
A writer, translator, and professor of higher education in modern and contemporary Italian language and literature at the Tunisian University, Manouba.
Dr Houssem Eddine Chachia Tunisia
An academic specialising in modern history at the Tunis University, who has served as a visiting professor at the University of Murcia in Spain and a visiting researcher at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University in the United States.
Dr Khalifa Alromaithi United Arab Emirates
A pioneer in the science of National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) in the UAE.
Dr Mustafa Said Egypt
Author, musician, composer, and performer, specialising in classical Arabic music. He is a researcher in musicology and founder of the “Asil Ensemble” for classical Arabic music.
Frank Griffel Germany
Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University in the United States, teaching courses on the history of Islamic thought, Islamic theology, and Islamic philosophy.
Dr Reem Bassiouney Egypt
Author, professor, and chair of the linguistics department at the American University in Cairo. She previously worked as an assistant professor of linguistics at Georgetown University and as a lecturer of linguistics at the University of Utah, in addition to teaching at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge (2002-2005)