About Hamad Awards

Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation and International Understanding was founded in Doha, Qatar (2015). It is an international prize run by a board of trustees, a steering committee and independent panels of judges.

The Award seeks to honour translators and acknowledge their role in strengthening the bonds of friendship and cooperation amongst peoples and nations of the world. It hopes to reward merit and excellence, encourage creativity, uphold the highest moral and ethical standards, and spread the values of diversity, pluralism and openness. The Award also aspires to inculcate a culture of knowledge and dialogue, promote Arab and Islamic culture, develop international understanding, and encourage mature crosscultural interaction between Arabic and other world languages through the medium of translation.

• To honor translators and acknowledge their role in building bridges between nations and peoples of the world
• To encourage individuals, publishing houses, Arab and international organizations and institutions to show more interest in creative and quality translations from/into Arabic
• To contribute to improving the quality of translation from/into Arabic based on excellence, accuracy and cognitive and intellectual value
• To enrich the Arab culture with significant works of world literature, art and science, and to equally enrich the world cultural heritage with translations of creative Arab and Islamic cultural products
• To acknowledge contributions made by any individual or institution to spreading the culture of peace and international understanding

The total value of the Award is two million (US$2.000.000) US Dollars, divided into three categories: Translation Prizes (US$800.000), Achievement Prizes (US$1.000.000), and the Prize for international Understanding (US$200.000).

Award categories (year 2022)

  1. Translation from Arabic into English (200,000 USD)
  2. Translation from English into Arabic (200,000 USD)
  3. Translation from Arabic into Turkish (200,000 USD)
  4. Translation from Turkish into Arabic (200,000 USD)
  5. Achievement Award (200,000 USD)

Achievement Awards:
The value of each one of these awards is maximum 100.000 USD

  1. Translation from Arabic into Bahasa Indonesia (100,000 USD)
  2. Translation from Bahasa Indonesia into Arabic (100,000 USD)
  3. Translation from Arabic into Kazakh (100,000 USD)
  4. Translation from Kazakh into Arabic (100,000 USD)
  5. Translation from Arabic into Romanian (100,000 USD)
  6. Translation from Romanian into Arabic (100,000 USD)
  7. Translation from Arabic into Swahili (100,000 USD)
  8. Translation from Swahili into Arabic (100,000 USD)
  9. Translation from Arabic into Vietnamese (100,000 USD)
  10. Translation from Vietnamese into Arabic (100,000 USD)