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Emirates News Agency – Arabic Language Center announces winners of inaugural edition of Kanz Al Jeel Prize

ABU DHABI, 12th November, 2022 (WAM) — The Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi (ALC) has announced the six winners of its inaugural Treasured Sayings (Kanz Al Jeel) award.

Winners of the award, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, will be presented at a ceremony at the Zayed Central Library in Al Ain on November 16. at 6:00 p.m. during the 2022 Al Ain Book Fair.

Launched earlier this year by ALC, part of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism, the award celebrates the legacy of the increasingly popular tradition of nabati poetry.

The committee received a total of 234 submissions from 20 different countries in six categories.

The winners of the Treasured Sayings Award 2022 are:

● Poet Obaid bin Gathlan Al Mazrouei (UAE) in the Poetry Matching category for his work, characterized by his ability to identify with the atmosphere of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s poetry.

● Poet Salem Saif Al Khaaldi (UAE) in the Poetic Publications category for his collection (Good Heart) comprising 220 poetic verses, published by Hamaleel Publishing in 2022, which stood out for its artistic and linguistic interdependence, which reveals the depth of the poet’s work experience and his mastery of the tools of the Nabataean poem.

● Artist Abdelkader Daoudi (Algeria) in the Arts category for his painting entitled (God gave us Good and Grace), which innovatively depicts the poetry of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

● Dr. Ayesha Ali Al Ghais (UAE) in the Study and Research category for her book (The Initiation of Excellence in Emirati Nabati Poetry: A Critical Study), published by Aldhabi Publishing in 2022, which is an assessment of a number of poems by the greatest Emirati poets from the 19th century to the present day.

● Dr. Khaled Al-Masri (Jordan/USA) in the Translation category was for his translated book Smile, May Your Life Smile: Pioneers of Wisdom, Leadership and Love, featuring the poems of late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

● Orientalist and diplomat Marcel Kurpershoek (Netherlands) in the Creative Personality category for his dedication to the study of Nabati poetry for more than a quarter of a century.

Dr. Ali bin Tamim, President of the Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi, congratulated the winners of the first edition, wishing them continued success.

“The Kanz Al Jeel Prize is an inspirational cultural prize that stimulates literary creativity in the country and the region and celebrates the important poetic contributions of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his influence on contemporary Arabic poetry. The award will have a great impact on motivating creators from various fields to present quality works inspired by or related to Nabati poetry and its heritage, and to explore new and innovative ways of experimenting with poetic compositions,” he said. -he declares.

Eissa Saif Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Higher Committee of the Precious Words Award and Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Cultural and Heritage Programs and Festivals Management Committee, said: “This confirms the originality and importance of the poetic and literary work of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who established an important hub for creators, translators, artists and critics of different nationalities and ethnicities, and helped launch a new creative movement that enriches the literary scene and reflects the noble values ​​rooted in Emirati society.

Al Mazrouei also congratulated the winners of the first edition, expressing his appreciation for their outstanding contributions and creative works, and inviting authors around the world to participate in future editions of the prize.