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    On May 22, the inaugural International Congress of Publishing and Creative Industries was held in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Speakers discussed the growing relevance of the Arabic-language book market—which caters to nearly 400 million speakers—to the rest of the world.

  • The Sheikh Zayed Book Award Celebrates 16 Years

    Established in 2006 in Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA), often referred to as the “Arab world’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize,” is named after the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan—himself a great lover of poetry and literature. The award is unique in the world of awards insofar as it honors a wide variety of literary and publishing professionals including authors, translators, publishers, and organizations across a broad range of categories, including Arabic Culture in Other Languages, Translation (either to or from Arabic), Publishing and Technology, Contribution to the Development of Nations, and Literature (Children’s, Literary and Art Criticism), among others.

  • The 2022 Sheikh Zayed Book Award Winners

    The Sheikh Zayed Book Award is one of the Arab world's leading prizes dedicated to Arabic literature and culture. This year, the Award received 3,000 submissions—a 28% rise over 2021, when a total of 2,349 applications were received. For the 16th edition of the Award, submissions were made from 55 countries: 20 Arab and 35 others, including the United States

  • Elevating Arabic Language and Culture in Abu Dhabi

    The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center, which operates under the auspices of the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, has taken the lead in advancing the status of Arabic as a global lingua franca through both the Sheikh Zayed Book Awards and the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, taking place May 23-29.

  • How the SZBA Fosters Arabic Translation

    The Sheikh Zayed Book Award Translation Grants were first introduced in 2018 to help support the translation of SZBA-winning Arabic language books and their publication around the world. Sixteen books have been translated into multiple languages since the launch of the grant, including English, German, French, Italian, Greek, Georgian and, exceptionally appropriate this year, two into Ukrainian.

  • Abu Dhabi's Book Fair Seeks to Inspire

    The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, running May 23-29, and the new Congress of Arabic Publishing & Creative Industries, to be held on May 21, are offering more than 450 events.

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    Sharjah’s first International Bookseller Conference was delayed by a day due to the unexpected death, on May 13, of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates.

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    The Independent Book Publishers Association held not one but two Publishing University conferences in April, to cater to virtual and in-person attendees.

  • Black Sea Book Conference Opens Eyes

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    Virtual book fairs offer immense convenience to their attendees, although the rights crowd yearns for face-to-face again, writes ‘PW’ bookselling and international editor Ed Nawotka.

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