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Al Owais Award

The Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Awards (or Al Owais Awards; Arabic: جائزة سلطان بن علي العويس) are a biannual prize for literary and cultural achievement in the Arab world.[1] It is administered by the Sultan Bin Al Owais Cultural Foundation of the United Arab Emirates.[1] The award was established by the late Emirati businessman and philanthropist Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais. The awards were first given out in 1988-89.

The Al Owais Cultural Awards are given in four categories: Poetry, Novels, Criticism/Literature Studies, and Human/Future Studies. Winners in each category receive a prize of US$100,000 for a total of US$400,000 making it one of the richest literary prizes in the world. A fifth award called the Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Award for Scientific and Cultural Achievement has different rules and criteria, with a prize amount of US$100,000.[2]

In 2004, the poetry prize was given to Iraqi poet Saadi Youssef but was controversially withdrawn after he criticized UAE ruler Sheikh Zayed bin al-Nahiyan.[3]

Winners

List of winners:[4]

1988–1989

1990–1991

  • Stories, Novels & Drama: Alfred Farag, Abdul Rahman Mouneef
  • Criticism & Literature Studies: Ehssan Abbas
  • Human & Future Studies: Zaki Nageeb Mahmood, Fuad Zacharia
  • Cultural & Scientific Achievements: Mohammad Mahdi Al Jawaheri

1992–1993

1994–1995

  • Poetry: Abdul Wahhab Al Bayati
  • Stories, Novels & Drama: Edward Al Kharrat
  • Criticism & Literature Studies: Nasser Al deen Al Assad
  • Human & Future Studies: Awatef Abdul Rahman, Mohammed Ghanem Al Rumaihi
  • Cultural & Scientific Achievements: Hamad Al Jasser

1996–1997

1998–1999

2000–2001

2002–2003

  • Poetry: Hasab Al Sheikh Ja’afar
  • Stories, Novels & Drama: Muhammad Khudayyir
  • Criticism & Literature Studies: Mustafa Abdou Nassif
  • Human & Future Studies: Mahmoud Ameen Al A’lem
  • Cultural & Scientific Achievements: Mahmoud Darwish, Adunis

2004–2005

  • Poetry: Mohammed Al Maghout
  • Stories, Novels & Drama: Iz Aldin Al Madani
  • Criticism & Literature Studies: Mohammed Meftah
  • Human & Future Studies: Antoon Zahlan
  • Cultural & Scientific Achievements: Tharwat Okasha

2006–2007

2008–2009

2010–2011

2012–2013

2014–2015

2016–2017

2018–2019

2020–2021

  • Poetry: Elias Lahoud
  • Stories, Novels & Drama: Nabil Suleiman
  • Criticism & Literature Studies: Abdul Malik Murtad
  • Human & Future Studies: Ahmed Zayed
  • Cultural & Scientific Achievements: Assilah Forum Foundation[7]

References

  1. ^ a b Standing Regulations, Al Owais Award website.
  2. ^ Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Award for Scientific and Cultural Achievement Archived 2012-05-07 at the Wayback Machine, award criteria for Scientific and Cultural Achievement
  3. ^ Reuters
  4. ^ "Winners". مؤسسة سلطان بن علي العويس الثقافية. Sultan Bin Al Owais Cultural Foundation. Retrieved 28 November 2022.
  5. ^ "King Faisal Foundation Receives Sultan Al Owais Award". Eye of Riyadh. 6 May 2016.
  6. ^ "BACA chief presented with Al-Owais award". Bahrain News Agency. 19 December 2019.
  7. ^ "SG of Assilah Forum Foundation Receives in Dubai Al-Owais Award for Cultural and Scientific Achievement | MapNews". Maghreb Arabe Press. 3 March 2022.
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