On Thursday, Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has honored 24 winners of the Al Burda Award at the Arts Centre’s ceremony in NYU Abu Dhabi.

In participation at the event were Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, Noura Mohammad Al Ka’abi and Tolerance Minister. Shaikh Abdullah was assisted by Al Ka’abi to honor the award winners for their excellent submission in the Awards’ three division- Islamic ornamentation (Zakhrafa), Arabic Calligraphy and Poetry.

In the Classical Calligraphy divisions, the winners are- Ali Ehsan, Mahfouz Ahmad, Abdul Mohsen Nassar, Sara Attar, and Ali Rida, whereas, in Islamic Ornamentation (Zakhrafa) division-  Hossam Abdul Wahhab, Askar Muradi, Yumida Sorovo, Ma’Souma Muradi, and Shaima Accor are the winners. In Hurufiyya Modern Calligraphy the winners are- Ebrahim Al Hassoun, Aqil Ahmad, Iman Al Jishi, Abus Sorova, Fadi Al Ouaid, and Hossam Abdul Wahhab.

However, in the Classical Poetry division, winners are- Mohammad Yakoub, Ahmad Basal, Khalid Hasan, and Amina Hazmoun. Saud Al Mohammad, Mozna Mubarak, Zayed Al Daif, and Ali Al Qah’tani, emerged as the winners of Nabati Poetry division.

The success of Al Burda Award was praised by Shaikh Abdulla, which has been achieved over the span of 15-years and mentioned that it has become a platform that convenes stakeholders and renowned personalities from the ornamentation, poetry and Islamic calligraphy.

While addressing the crowd at the ceremony, Al Ka’abi said that “Al Burda Award enjoys a pioneering position globally as a platform that showcases the breadth and beauty of our cultural legacy and Islamic identity. The uniqueness of the Arab and Islamic civilization is further highlighted through the creative and high caliber body of work that the award attracts every year.”

The Al Burda Award was introduced by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development in 2014, which commemorates Prophet Mohammad’s birth and life through Arabic calligraphy, poetry, and Islamic ornamentation.


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