|Sultan Al Jasmi|
Sunday, 8 December 2013
@zayedpoetsaward ‘Sheikh Zayed International Award For Poets Of Peace’ Launches In Collaboration with the United Nations
‘Sheikh Zayed International Award For Poets Of Peace’ Launches In Collaboration with the United Nations
Global call for entries welcomed through Award’s Website
The ‘Sheikh Zayed International Award For Poets Of Peace’ (ZIAPP) has launched in collaboration with the United Nations. ZIAPP will be the first of its kind in bridging a multitude of nationalities where poets will present their sonnets in Arabic spreading a message of peace around the world in an attempt to stop war and fight hunger. ZIAPP honours the memory of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God have mercy upon him), the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, and his commitment to peace and social welfare.
As the first of its kind in the region, the global award aims at spreading awareness amongst people about the importance of peace in the world and raises further consciousness for humanitarian work around the world.
Sultan Al Jasmi, General Manager, Sheikh Zayed International Award For Poets Of Peace, said: “The United Arab Emirates is led by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President, and The UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, who are all equally keen to spread a core message of peace in the world, in memory of his late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. We follow their path and we believe peace is every person’s right regardless of their religion, nationality, race and social status.”
Sultan Al Jasmi added: “We welcome global Arab poets to the UAE and encourage Arabic speakers, be they native speakers or fluent in Arabic to take part in the award. Under the theme of peace, the award has been established to preserve the Arabic language and encourage the poets to show their literary talents.”
The award is now accepting submissions on its website http://zayedpoetsaward.com/ where global Arabic poets are invited to register to enter. After which the selection process of the poets will be through online registration on the award’s website, upon poets accepting the terms and conditions. The participants will then be shortlisted and those selected will compete in a TV show ‘Poets Of Peace’ for the prize of ‘Sheikh Zayed International Award For Poets Of Peace’ the details of which will be announced at a later stage. Viewers will be also able to vote for their favorite participant.
The global winners of the inaugural Sheikh Zayed International Award For Poets of will be announced during the award ceremony which will also be televised and will receive grand monetary prizes.
Ashraf Hammoudeh, Acting Director, United Nations World Food Programme, said: “We are delighted to support Sheikh Zayed International Award For Poeats Of Peace that spreads awareness on humanitarian work across the world and supports aid programs in the world.”
The event’s dedicated website - http://zayedpoetsaward.com/- features all information on the award and shows the full calendar of supporting events. Sheikh Zayed International Award For Poets Of Peace has also launched a hash tag for the event #PoetsofPeace to help raise awareness and engagement on different social media platforms.
‘Sheikh Zayed’s International Award For Poets Of Peace’ also contributes to the community where some proceeds will go to the United Nations World Food Programme, the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.
Poets wishing to enter the award should adhere to the following criteria: The poet has already had poetry volumes published, be an Arabic speaker (native speaker, or fluent in Arabic), should have dedicated time and be able to travel to UAE, and be aged 18 years and above. The priority will be given to previously internationally awarded poets.