Emirates News Agency – Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center presents ‘Kanz al Jeel’ award at Liwa Date Festival

ABU DHABI, 22nd July, 2022 (WAM) — The Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi (ALC), part of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), has held an introductory symposium for the “Kanz al Jeel” prize, during the 16th edition of the Liwa Date Festival in the region of Al Dhafra.

Nabati is a form of vernacular poetry derived from the many varieties of Arabic of the Arabian Peninsula, which contrasts with poetry written according to the classical rules of literary Arabic.

The Kanz al Jeel Prize, launched by ALC during the 31st Abu Dhabi International Book Fair in May, celebrates the rich history and heritage of Nabati poetry and aims to preserve this traditional heritage for the next generation. The award honors Nabati poetic works, as well as folk studies and research studies on the subject.

During the symposium, Abdullah Al Ali, Member of the Award’s Senior Committee and Acting Director General of the National Archives of the United Arab Emirates, and Eissa Saif Al Mazrouei, Vice-Chairman of the Management Committee, discussed the award, its objectives and of its categories during the symposium. Cultural and Heritage Festivals and Programs in Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Senior Award Committee.

Al Ali noted the diversity of the six categories of the award, which are poetic pairing, creative personality, arts, studies and research, poetic publications and translation.

He reviewed the terms and conditions of the prize and pointed out that the prize allows entry through individual participants, literary unions, cultural institutions, universities, or by receiving three recommendations from literary personalities and distinguished intellectuals.

Meanwhile, Al Ali added, nominations for the Creative Personality category can only be received from academic, research and cultural institutions, as well as the Higher Award Committee.

Al Mazrouei said the philosophy of the prize and its name were derived from a poem written by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He said the prize is a platform to honor the efforts and outstanding work done in the field of Nabati poetry and to highlight the status of this type of literature, which acts as a window to Arab society.

He underlined the moral value carried by this prize due to the exceptional position in the Emirati and Arab society occupied by the poems written by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Al Mazrouei added that the Kanz al Jeel Prize is unique in that it seeks to preserve the art of Nabati poetry and contributes to the empowerment of all generations by connecting them more closely to their poetic and cultural heritage. He noted that translating the late Sheikh Zayed’s poems into many languages, in addition to translating influential and inspirational Nabataean poetic texts, is a key goal.