Fri 13-04-2018 15:00 PM
DUBAI, 13th April, 2018 (WAM) — The Arab Thought Foundation, ATF, has honoured the winners of the Arab Creativity Award 2017, the 11th edition of the award. The ceremony was held in Dubai and was attended by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation and Chairman of the National Olympic Committee and Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Chairman of the Arab Thought Foundation, Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation; and Turki Al Faisal, Chairman of the Board of King Faisal Centre for Islamic Research and Studies.
The winners of the Arab Creativity Award were: Dr. Frederic Maatouk (Lebanon) in the Most Valuable Book category for “Clash of Arab Tribalism,” while the Media Creativity Award went to “Opinions About the Gulf” magazine and Dr. Abdulaziz bin Othman bin Saqer (KSA). The Artistic Creativity Award went to “Muhaqqaq Calligraphy” by Dr. Nassar Mansour (Jordan), the Literary Creativity Award went to “Only a Millimeter Away” by Abdelwahid Estito (Morocco), and the Social Creativity Award went to the “Elderly Empowerment Project” by Dr. George Eli Karam (Lebanon). The Economic Creativity Award was withheld. The Foundation also awarded the Arab World Institute with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Chairman of the Arab Thought Foundation gave a speech in which he congratulated the winners, saying, “I am pleased to welcome you to this forum which is blessed with your presence. We gather to honour the Arab beacons that pave the way for Arab culture to prosper.”
“Our brightest minds often warned of the deterioration of our culture, and the repercussions that threaten the Arab identity itself. It is imperative for us to acknowledge this painful reality, and work with sincerity and wisdom to develop a better future for the next generation. We still hold the keys of creativity, ingenuity and perseverance – we have a course, a direction,” he added added.
“It is no exaggeration to say that the Arab Thought Foundation represents the launching of an ambitious initiative to chart a path forward. We aim to establish solidarity between Arab intellectuals and financial figures who are already striving for the betterment of our region.
The ATF is committed to facilitating dialogue on the most pressing Arab issues at its conferences, bringing disparate viewpoints to the same table for rational discussions,” he continued.
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