Saudi author’s book nominated for UAE award

Updated 20 December 2012
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Saudi author’s book nominated for UAE award

Abdul Aziz Al-Dakheel’s book “Al Tanmiya Al Iqtisadiyya” (Economic development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) has been long-listed as one of the best contributions to the development of nations for the Sheikh Zayed Book Award. The award is an independent cultural recognition that the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority gives in memory of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan. It is presented every year to outstanding Arab writers, intellectuals, publishers and young emerging talents whose writings and translations of humanities have scholarly and objective appeal that have enriched the cultural, literary and social life of the Arab world.
A reading panel for the award nominated Al-Dakheel’s scholarly contribution along with nine other works that were selected among a total of 1,262 books spanning categories in the fields of economics, sociology, management, politics, law and theology.
Last year, the award for the best contribution to the development of nations was withheld. Nominations did not meet the standards of the Scientific Committee that evaluates and judges the selected works. This year’s long-listed authors are from Syria, Egypt, Bahrain, Lebanon, Iraq, Morocco and Saudi Arabia. Their books will undergo a stringent process before the results are announced. The shortlist will be announced in February and a special felicitation ceremony will be held early next year at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions on March 25 to announce the winner.
The award comprises of a total monetary prize value standing at 7 million UAE dirham (SR 7.15 million) for winners in different categories. The Cultural Personality of the Year will receive a prize of one million dirham (over SR 1 million).


Martin Scorsese wins Spain's top arts prize

Updated 25 April 2018
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Martin Scorsese wins Spain's top arts prize

MADRID: Hollywood legend Martin Scorsese on Wednesday won Spain's top arts prize, the Princess of Asturias award, for a long and varied career that makes him "an indisputable figure in contemporary filmmaking".
The 75-year-old "has directed more than 20 films that now form part of the history of cinema and continues to work unceasingly, masterfully combining innovation and classicism in his films," the prize jury said in a statement.
With an Oscar for best director for "The Departed" and many other prizes, Scorsese had also "undertaken intense and wide-ranging work in recovering, restoring and disseminating historical film heritage throughout the world", it said.
The acclaimed director of "Taxi Driver," "Goodfellas" and "Casino" is co-founder of The Film Foundation, a nonprofit organisation which has helped restore over 800 films, including neglected movies from countries as varied as Indonesia and Senegal.
The Princess of Asturias Foundation hands its arts prize each year for a "contribution to the cultural heritage of mankind", along with awards in seven other categories.
Other recent winners of the prize include US filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, US architect Frank Gehry and Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke.
The awards will be handed out at a ceremony hosted by Spain's King Felipe VI and broadcast live on Spanish television in October.