Wed 19-02-2020 18:25 PM
ABU DHABI, 19th February, 2020 (WAM) -- The Scientific Committee of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award has approved the shortlist of nominees for the Award’s 14th edition, following a series of meetings that took place from 13 to 15th February in Abu Dhabi. The Scientific Committee sessions were held to review and examine the judging panel reports and recommendations for nominees across the Award's nine categories.
The meetings, chaired by Dr. Ali bin Tamim, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Authority and Secretary General of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, reviewed the jury's reports, studied and discussed recommendations for all nine award categories.
"The meetings of the Scientific Committee are held to examine the Sheikh Zayed Book Award judging panel's reports of the shortlisted award nominees, which was first launched to honour our late founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and his leading role in building a nation steeped in culture and creativity," said Dr. Ali Bin Tamim, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Authority and Secretary General of Sheikh Zayed Book Award.
"The sessions follow very strict, transparent and objective standards, and represent the third phase in the evaluation process to agree on the final line-up of shortlisted nominees, to be announced in the coming weeks, in preparation for the announcement of the Award’s winners," he added.
Nominations have been put forward across the Award’s categories: Literature, Translation, Contribution to the Development of Nations, Arabic Culture in Other Languages, Children’s Literature, Literary and Art Criticism, Young Author, Publishing and Technology.
The Sheikh Zayed Book Award witnessed a remarkable increase in the participation rate for the year 2019/2020. A total of 1,900 nominations from 49 countries (22 Arab and 27 foreign countries) have been submitted for consideration for the 14th Sheikh Zayed Book Award shortlists across all categories. The final shortlists will be announced during February 2020.