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UAE sets award for poets
By Jamil Khan May 02, 2014
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DUBAI: A new award to recognise poets, the UAE International Award for Poets of Peace, has been launched at a press conference held at the International Humanitarian City (IHC) in Dubai on Thursday.

The award has been launched to recognise 5 poets around the world for their effort to promote peace in their respective societies.

The global award is being launched in cooperation with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in the UAE to support them in their efforts to overcome hunger around the world and especially in Third World countries.

In its first season, the award comprises three initiatives: an Arab Poets’ evening, an evening for all international poets and their differing languages, as well as an event to honour poets of peace.

Poets will also be honoured in three categories – “Culture of Peace”, “Religious Tolerance” and “Humanitarian Values” category. Poets of peace will be selected from all countries after they nominate themselves on the award’s website, subject to them accepting terms and conditions.

Afterwards, they will be selected to attend the award ceremony in the UAE based on their poetry and its relevance across three categories.

Dr Habib Ghalloum, Director of Cultural Activities, Ministry of Culture, and the Awards Cultural Consultant, told the media that the award represents a platform for creative poets in the Arab World to participate in our message of peace in the region. It is the first award of its kind as it also highlights the talents of poets and spreads cultural awareness.

Abdallah Al Wardat, Director of the United Nations World Food Programme in the UAE,  said: “We would like to thank the UAE’s people and its wise leadership for the continuous generous support extended to the World Food Programme by hosting its regional office. We would like to invite all poets from around the world to carry the message of peace and contribute to our efforts in fighting hunger, to guarantee security and stability to all people on the planet.”

The Award’s website, www.uaepoetsaward.com, contains all information and updates, in addition to information related events and shows. The UAE International Award for Poets of Peace has also presented a special hashtag on social media #PoetsOfPeace to raise awareness of the award and encourage public involvement.

Dr Aysha Al Busmait, Award Media Adviser and Consultant, said: “We welcome all poets to the United Arab Emirates and invite them to run as candidates for this renowned award. Alongside its efforts to raise the message of peace and its noble values, the award also strengthens the UAE’s position as a beacon for poetic creations from all over the world.”

The jury will be announced during the upcoming months, while poets can enlist for the award through its website.

Sultan Al Jasimi, General Manager, UAE International Award for Poets of Peace and WFP Adviser, concluded: “Poetry is a powerful tool to spread global peace and has become one of the most significant ways to connect people.”

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