1 October 2020


Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

(Award/ Prize)


Sheikh Zayed Book Award

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award commemorates the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founding President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, 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. An independent cultural initiative, administered by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, the awards are worth AED 7 million (US $1.9m) annually.

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The Sheikh Zayed Book Award recognizes cultural achievements in a range of categories, including: Contribution to the Development of Nations, Children’s Literature, Young Author, Translation, Literature, Literary & Art Criticism, Arab Culture in Other Languages, Publishing & Technology and Cultural Personality of the Year.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Arabic Culture in Other Languages
  • Children’s Literature
  • Contribution to the Development of Nations
  • Literature
  • Literary and Art Criticism
  • Cultural Personality of the Year
  • Publishing and Technology
  • Translation
  • Young Author

Required Languages

Arabic, English, German, French, Italian and Spanish.

Eligible Countries


Program Period

  • Winners will be announced in March 2021.
  • The winners will be honored and received in Abu Dhabi in April 2021.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

General Conditions to all areas except Publishing Houses:

  • there isn’t eligible age for the participation except the “Young Author” prize should not exceed 40 years.
  • The nominated work shouldn’t be previously awarded by an international/ prominent Prize or nominated in any other award at the time of submission.
  • Re-nomination for the same work is accepted if time condition is still valid. However, the application form should be filled out and new copies of the work submitted.
  • The work must be published in a book format and within the Last two years Except Arabic Except Arab Culture in Non Arabic Languages must be published in a book format and within the Last five years.
  • The book must be written in Arabic Except Arab Culture in Non Arabic Languages” should be written in English, Italian, German, French or Spanish Languages and The translation must be from Arabic to any language or from any language to Arabic.
  • The nominees can nominate one book only each year.
  • The nominated books must have the ISBN number to verify property rights.
  • If there is a co-author or artist who took part in the production, their details should be included in the nomination form, and upload his documents.
  • The award maintains the right to withhold a Prize or withdraw it if deemed compulsory.
  • Nominated books are archived at Dar Al kutub post submission; we regret we cannot return them back to nominees.

Conditions related to Publishing Houses:

  • Publisher Profile
  • Letter of Nomination.
  • List of title released within the last 5 years .
  • Company Registration Certificate .
  • The book must be written in Arabic
  • The aim of the award is to recognize the contribution of scholarly work to our knowledge of the Arabic history and heritage, to assist with the publication of said scholarly work. The award offered is in Dhs750, 000.00 as is a contribution to individuals and groups for the publication of their work.
  • Awards will be made by an independent adjudication panel whose decision may not be disproved by candidates.

Opportunity Cost

(Award/ Prize)

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award comprises a total monetary prize value of seven million UAE dirhams, presented as follows:

  • 750,000 UAE dirhams granted to the winner in each of the Award’s eight categories.
  • The “Cultural Personality of the Year” winner receives a prize of one million UAE dirhams.
  • A gold medal bearing the Sheikh Zayed Book Award logo as well as a certificate of merit for winners across the Award’s nine categories.

How to Apply

First Step: Create your own account.

Second Step: Attach the following documents:

  • CV
  • Passport Photo.
  • Personal Photo.
  • If the nomination is by the publishing house, it must attach a declaration by the author / translator of the no objection.

Third Step: Send 5 original copies of your book to this address

Department of Culture and Tourism
Sheikh Zayed Book Award
Nation Towers, Building B 2380,
Abu Dhabi, UAE

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This Scholarship Published by:
Nada Samir/ Egypt

Reviewed by” Esraa Allam/ Egypt
MARJ3 Fellow
MARJ3 Scholarships Team