Hope and cross-cultural understanding were big themes at the official ceremony honoring the winners of the 2018 Sheikh Zayed Book Award in Abu Dhabi.
This year, the Sheikh Zayed Book Award is offering translation funding for literary and children’s titles that have won the award, with the goal of increasing the readership for Arabic books.
Syrian author Khalil Sweileh wins the Literature category of the 2018 Sheikh Zayed Book Award, which celebrates Arabic writing and culture with annual prizes worth US$1.9 million.
Organizers aim to strengthen the Sheikh Zayed Book Award’s international platform and build bridges between Arab regions and the rest of the world.
At the Abu Dhabi Book Fair, world-renowned novelist Amin Maalouf was awarded as Cultural Personality of the Year by the Sheikh Zayed Book Award.