The award's board of trustees while announcing the winners
Sheikh Zayed Book Award has announced it’s prizes for 2012 in Abu Dhabi on Monday, granting Egypt’s minister of culture Shaker Abdul Hamid the prize in Arts for his book AlFann Wal Gharaba (Art and Strangeness), and granting it’s cultural prize to the United Nations Educational and Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO for its cultural role that helped enhance the dialogue between different cultures.
Young author prize went to Tunisian young writer Laila Oubaidy for her book AlFokaha Fil Islam (Humor in Islam), a study of the humor in the Islamic tradition. In the childhood literary section, the prize went to the renowned Lebanese writer, Abdou Wazen, a columnist at AlHayat Newspaper, for his book AlFatta allazi Absar Lawn Alhawa’ (The Kid who saw the color of the Air).
Translation prize went to the Tunisian professor Abou Yureb Almarzouki for his translation of the famous philosopher Edmund Husserl’s book (Ideas Pertaining to a Pure Phenomenology and to a Phenomenological Philosophy).
The prize established a new branch this year called Zayed book Award for best technology in the field of culture, and it went to the Bagou city, which was established in 1989 as a corner stone of an inclusive vision of knowledge development cities.
Publishing prize went to Peril publishing house for its role in verifying and translating the Arabic and Islamic manuscripts and issuing it in modern editions. The award board of trustees has withheld the prize in Literature and Best Contribution to the Development of a Country.
Zayed Book Award is an independent book award. Established in 2006 under the patronage of Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage and presented annualy, the total sum of the prizes granted is 7 Million AED. Each winner receives a 750 thousand AED and a golden medal in addition to a certificate of the prize.