May 12, 2021

Prominent German philosopher Juergen Habermas had turned down the Sheikh Zayed Book Award over its ties “with the existing political system” in the UAE, a hereditarily ruled country long criticised for its suppression of dissent.


  • The Sheikh Zayed Book Award is a literary award begun in the UAE.

  • The award is named after Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first president of the UAE when the federation of seven sheikhdoms became a country in 1971.

  • While describing itself as an “independent” initiative, the prize is administered by Abu Dhabi culture and tourism authorities.

  • The "Cultural Person of the Year" is the premier category, it includes an award of one million Dirhams (around $300,000) while the other categories receive around $200,000 each.

Source : The Hindu