We are thrilled to announce that our sister company, Dar Al Saqi, has won the prestigious Sheikh Zayed Publishing and Technology Award 2016. The judges praised Dar Al Saqi for having adopted, since its establishment in London in 1979, a ‘broad-minded cultural project’ and for having published ‘a wide spectrum of serious books in thought, science, and art’.
The Beirut branch of Saqi Books was founded in 1987 by Andre Gaspard, and has since made a name for itself as publisher of progressive and ground-breaking works, as well as the best in new Arabic literature and non-fiction. Several of its publications won awards in various categories covered by the Sheikh Zayed Book Award.
Amongst the other categories of this year’s award, Egyptian Roshdi Rashed, author of Al-Khwarizmi: The Beginnings of Algebra (Saqi Books, 2009), was awarded the Arab Culture in Other Languages Award for Angles et Grandeur, a study of the concept of angle and its relation to Archimedean and non-Archimedean theories of measurement.
The Sheikh Zayed Book Award, now in its tenth year, commemorates the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan, Founding President of the UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi from 1966 until his death in 2004. The award is presented to outstanding writers, intellectuals and publishers, as well as young talent whose writing and translation in humanities objectively enriches Arab intellectual, cultural, literary and social life.