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Al Owais awards a communication platform in the Arab world

Classé dans : Non classé — 15 mars, 2012 @ 11:06

Dubai: Winners of the Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Awards’ Twelfth Session were honoured in a ceremony held on Wednesday at the Al Owais Foundation headquarters.

The winners of the 2010-11 session are Dr Mohammad Ali Shams Al Deen for Poetry, Radwa Ashour for Stories, Novels and Drama, Dr Faisal Darraj for Criticism and Literature Studies, Dr Abdul Aziz Al Douri for Human and Future Studies, and Ameen Maalouf for Cultural and Scientific Achievements.

The award received 1,237 entries out of which 218 were for poetry, 271 for Stories, Novels and Drama, 220 for Criticism and Literature Studies, 366 for Future Studies and 162 for the Cultural and Scientific Achievements Award.

Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, said the award became a bridge of communication between the UAE and the Arab world

By celebrating and honouring the Arab culture through this award, the UAE celebrated itself and its culture through this award because its part of this culture,” Gargash said Egyptian novelist and academic Dr Radwa Ashour, said that by winning the award she has become a part of an elite group of Arab intellectuals as honoured with Al Owais Award throughout the years.

Dr Ashour said she was honoured to be part of this rare group, which included prominent names who left a significant mark in Arab culture, such as Mahmoud Darwish, Nizar Qabbani, Mohammad Mahdi Al Jawahiri, Edward Saeed, Fadwa Touqan and Salma Al Khadra Al Jayousi.

The decision of the jury was read by Dr Afaf Al Bataynah, member of the award’s jury, while Dr Fatima Al Sayegh read the Board of Trustees’ decision.

The winners received their awards from Dr Anwar Gargash and Abdul Hamid Ahmad, Secretary General of the Award and Gulf News Editor-in-Chief, as well as other members of the board of trustees.

A special edition of memorial stamps issued on March 14 to mark the 25th anniversary of the Al Owais Award was presented to Dr Gargash by Ebrahim Bin Karam, Director-General of Emirates Post.- gulf news


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