The Department of Culture in Sharjah celebrated, through visual communication media, the winners of the twenty-fourth session of the Sharjah Prize for Arab Creativity (first edition), in the presence of Abdullah Al-Owais, Head of the Department, and Muhammad Ibrahim Al-Qusayr, Director of the Department of Cultural Affairs in the Department, and Secretary General of the Award. In addition to those in charge of the award and the department’s employees.
The ceremony included a speech by the Department of Culture and delivered by Muhammad Al-Qusayr, in addition to the screening of a film about the winners.
Al Qusayr said: “The twenty-fourth session of the award culminates in years of cultural work on young Arab writers in particular, with the support and patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to reveal hundreds of creative people in various Arab countries.
He added, “The prestigious Arab Prize is preparing to enter its twenty-fifth year with a brilliance and generosity that has not changed over the past years, and within a quarter of a century it has managed to preserve its originality and uniqueness in this creative and civilized cultural field, to become a milestone in the Arab cultural arena.”
Al-Qusayr added: “We extend our congratulations to the 18 winners from the Arab youth, and they came as follows: seven winners from the Arab Republic of Egypt, four winners from Syria, and three winners from Iraq, while four other winners came from Palestine, And Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Algeria ».
Regarding the award jury committees, Al Qasir added: “The selection of winners has been entrusted to jury committees that have spared no effort in scrutinizing and reviewing all texts that deserved to win according to the points related to the evaluation criteria, the proposed methodology for selecting the winners, and the arbitration mechanism stipulated in the announcement of the results.”
For his part, the Palestinian poet Ali Hassan Al-Nurani, the second winner in the field of poetry for his group “Nahar al-Ghazaleh”, delivered the winners’ speech through a video and audio recording. On the success of the twenty-fourth session of the Sharjah Prize for Arab Creativity, despite the exceptional circumstances the world is going through caused by the pandemic, the awardees enjoyed a high degree of responsibility that enabled them to overcome difficulties in order to ensure the continuity and success of this session.
On the other hand, the audience listened to a poem from the first place winner in the field of poetry, Muhammad Hassan Saleh al-Samarrai, from (Iraq), about his group (Three Sides of the Sahara).