Sheikh Zayed Book Award

Sheikh Zayed Book Award 2021 winners announced.

The winners in the different categories of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award 2021 have been announced today, April 22, 2021.

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award is presented yearly to Arab writers, intellectuals, and publishers as well as young talent whose writings and translations of humanities have scholarly and objectively enriched Arab cultural, literary and social life. The award winners get a gold medal, a certificate of merit, and 750,000 dirhams.

The categories handed out are Cultural Personality of the Year, Children’s Literature, Young Author, Contribution to the Development of Nations, Translation, Literature, Literary and Art Criticism, Arab Culture in Other Languages, and Publishing and Technology. Previous winners of the award include Ibrahim Abdelmeguid, Abbas Beydoun, Osama Alaysa, Abdel Rasheed Mahmoudi, Bensalem Himmich and Dr. Abderrezak Belagrouz, and Moncef Ouhaibi.

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award announced the shortlists for the ‘Literature’, ‘Young Author’ and ‘Children’s Literature’ categories of its 15th edition on March 16. Today they have announced the winners in all the categories and they are;


  • Fee Athar Enayat Al Zayyat (In the Footsteps of Enayat Al-Zayyat) (2019) by Iman Mersal (Egypt), published by Al Kotob Khan Library.

Children’s Literature

  • Rehlat Fannan (An Artist’s Journey) (2020) by Mizouni Bannani (Tunisia), published by Dar Al Mua’nasa Publishing.

Young Author

  • Eshkalyat Al Thaat Al Saredah Fee Al Rwayah Al Nesaayah Al Saudiah (The Problems of the Narrated Self in the Saudi Feminist Novel (1999 – 2012) (Critical Study) (2020) by Dr. Asma Muqbil Awad Alahmadi, published by Arab Scientific Publishers Inc.

Translation Award

  • Impostures by Al-Hariri, translated from Arabic to English by Michael Cooperson from the USA, and published by Library of Arabic Literature in 2020.

Literary and Art Criticism Award

  • Masar Al Tahdeeth fe Al Fonoon Al Tashkelyah, men Al Orsomah ella Al Lawha (The Path of Modernisation in the Visual Arts, From Drawing to Painting) by Tunisian researcher Khelil Gouia, published by Med Ali Éditions in 2020.

The recipient of the Cultural Personality of the Year award will be announced in the coming weeks, ahead of the virtual ceremony for the 15th Sheikh Zayed Book Award, which will be held alongside the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair in May.



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