• Sheikh Zayed Book Award

      The Sheikh Zayed Book Award was established in October 2006, in memory of the late ruler of Abu Dhabi who was President of the UAE for over 30 years. The Award, which has different categories, is presented annually to writers, intellectuals and publishers as well as to young talent whose writings and translations of humanities have enriched Arab cultural, literary and social life.

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    • Fiction

      Remorse Test

      by Khalil Sweileh

      Remorse Test is Sweileh’s follow up to his novel Writing Love, which was the 2009 winner of The Mahfouz Medal for Literature. This

    • Fiction

      Summer Rains

      Winner of the 2018 Sheikh Zayed Book Award for Young Author

      by Ahmad Al Qarmalawi

      Using music as a thread that connects the past to the present, this novel explores what happens when traditional and cultural heritage clash with modernity. The characters face the impact of modernization on heritage and arts versus the need to protect

    • Memoirs

      The Self: Between Existence and Creation

      by Bensalem Himmich

      Far more than a straightforward autobiography, celebrated Moroccan writer and former minister of culture Bensalem Himmich diffuses life with literary and intellectual dimensions. Himmich opens his book with a discussion on autobiographical writ

    • Children's & YA

      I Dream of Being a Concrete Mixer

      by Hussain Al Mutawaa

      An uplifting tale about the power of friendship, finding your place in the world, and realising your dreams while remaining true to who you are. Tumbledown is a little demolition truck growing up in a loving family. His pa

    • Biography & True Stories
      January 2014

      Beyond Writing

      by Ibrahim Abdelmeguid

      One of Egypt’s leading literary voices offers a first-hand look at political, social, cultural events of the last 40 years and how they influenced his writing. Ibrahim Abdelmeguid, called “the quintessential writer about Alexandria” by

    • Children's & YA
      January 2015


      by Lateefa Buti / Illustrated by Doha Al Khteeb

      Kuwaiti children’s book author Lateefa Buti’s well-crafted and beautifully illustrated children’s book, Hatless, encourages children (ages 6-9) to think independently and challenge rigid traditions and fixed rituals with innovation and creativ

    • January 2013

      The Madmen of Bethlehem

      by Osama Alaysa

      Adopting the story-within-a-story structure of Arabian Nights, author Osama Alaysa weaves together a collection of stories portraying centuries of oppression endured by the Palestinian people. This remarkable novel eloqu

    • Children's & YA
      January 2011

      The Boy Who Saw the Color of Air

      by Abdo Wazen

      In his first YA novel, cultural journalist and author Abdo Wazen writes about a blind teenager in Lebanon who finds strength and friendship among an unlikely group. Growing up in a small Lebanese village, Bassim’s blindness limits his e

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