United Arab Emirates

In More Depth: The New UAE Reading Law

“If there is a community large enough to be served by a library,” Alanood said, “then that library should be open through the week.”


UAE Investing in Writers, Writers, (Some) Writers

When Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi declared that the saying should no longer be “Cairo writes, Beirut publishes, and Baghdad reads,” but instead some combination of Qatari and Emirati cities, many observers scoffed. Yet the Emirates is not just investing in big book fairs and big literary prizes, but also in individual writers.

Sheikh Zayed Book Award for Literature Withheld Again This Year

For the second year in a row, the Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) judges have declined to grant a literature prize, stating that this year’s “nominations did not meet the Award’s standards and criteria for winning.” This despite a 14-strong literature longlist that included Mohamed al-Bisatie’s 2011 novel “And Their Bed is Green” and Ibrahim Nasrallah’s poetry collection “A Ray of Light Between Two Nights.”