Nominations for the year 2020 are closed

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).

Rounds

The winners of the fifth session of the “Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation and International Understanding”. This round honored distinguished translations between Arabic and a selection of languages: English, Russian, Portuguese, Bahasa Indonesia, Malayalam, Somali and Uzbek.

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The winners of the forth session of the “Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation and International Understanding”. This round honored distinguished translations between Arabic and a selection of languages: English, German, Chinese, Japanese, Persian, Urdu and Malawi.

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The winners of the third session of the “Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation and International Understanding”. This round honored distinguished translations between Arabic and both English and French.

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The winners of the second session of the “Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation and International Understanding”. This round honored distinguished translations between Arabic and both English and Spanish.

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The winners of the first session of the “Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation and International Understanding”. This round honored distinguished translations between Arabic and both English and Turkish.

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Award categories (year 2020)

  1. Translation from Arabic into English (200,000 USD)
  2. Translation from English into Arabic (200,000 USD)
  3. Translation from Arabic into Persian (200,000 USD)
  4. Translation from Persian 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 Pashto (100,000 USD)
  2. Translation from Pashto into Arabic (100,000 USD)
  3. Translation from Arabic into Bengali (100,000 USD)
  4. Translation from Bengali into Arabic (100,000 USD)
  5. Translation from Arabic into Swedish (100,000 USD)
  6. Translation from Swedish into Arabic (100,000 USD)
  7. Translation from Arabic into Korean (100,000 USD)
  8. Translation from Korean into Arabic (100,000 USD)
  9. Translation from Arabic into Hausa (100,000 USD)
  10. Translation from Hausa into Arabic (100,000 USD)