The Board of Trustees of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award met to evaluate the results of the fifteenth session and approve the names of the winners in the award’s nine branches under the chairmanship of His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan.
The meeting was attended by members of the Council, His Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, His Excellency Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Cultural Advisor to His Highness the President of the State, Saud Al Hosani, Undersecretary of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, and Dr. Ali bin Tamim, Secretary General of the Award and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Center for the Arabic Language. And Abdullah Majed Al Ali, Executive Director of the National Archives, and Moza Al Shamsi, Director of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award and Acting Executive Director of the Abu Dhabi Center for the Arabic Language attended the meeting.
The Board of Trustees approved the names of the winners after reviewing the recommendations of the scientific committee for the award. The winners will be announced at the end of this April. They will also be honored during a virtual ceremony next May in conjunction with the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, where the winner will be honored and awarded the title of “Cultural Personality of the Year”. A “gold medal” bearing the award logo and a certificate of appreciation, in addition to an amount of one million dirhams, while the winners in the other branches receive a “gold medal”, a “certificate of appreciation”, and a prize of 750 thousand dirhams.
The Board of Trustees is the body responsible for setting the award’s general policies and determining its organizational structure. Its scope of work includes making all decisions related to award categories and winners, supervising all award activities and setting policies that help achieve its goals.
The current session is the largest in the history of the award in terms of the number of nominations, as the award received 2,349 nominations during the year 2020-2021 in its nine branches, an increase of 23% compared to the last session, and 25 works succeeded in reaching the short lists announced by the award last month.