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The Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Awards (or Al Owais Awards) are a bi-annual prize for artistic 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 and 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In 2004, the poetry prize was given to Iraqi poet Saadi Youssef but was controversially withdrawn after he criticized UAE ruler Sheikh Zayed bin al-Nahiyan.[3]

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WinnersEdit

List of winners:[4]

1988-1989Edit

1990-1991Edit

1992-1993Edit

1994-1995Edit

1996-1997Edit

1998-1999Edit

2000-2001Edit

2002-2003Edit

2004-2005Edit

2006-2007Edit

2008-2009Edit

2010-2011Edit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ List of winners

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