German philosopher Juergen Habermas is seen in Koenigswinter near Bonn, Germany. File/AP
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The Board of Trustees of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award has expressed its regret at German philosopher Jurgen Habermas’ decision to retract his acceptance of the award but respects it.
The award embodies the values of tolerance, knowledge and creativity while building bridges between cultures, and will continue to fulfil this mission.
Habermas said on Sunday he would not accept a high-priced literary award from the United Arab Emirates, reversing an earlier decision.
The 91-year-old told the German news site Spiegel Online that "I declared my willingness to accept this year's Sheikh Zayed Book Award. That was a wrong decision, which I correct hereby.”
The homepage of the Zayed Book Award says Habermas was named "'Cultural Personality of the Year' 2021 in recognition of a long career that extends for more than half a century."
It says the winners in each of the award's eight categories are granted a prize of Dhs750,000 ($204,200).
The list of winners was submitted by the Award's Scientific Committee.
The Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) has announced it is now accepting nominations for its 14th edition (the 2019-20 Awards).
The Reading Panel’s review process will be followed by an announcement of the Award’s long-list in November, paving the way for the second phase in which the Award’s jury will conduct a thorough literary review of all submissions.
The Gulf region’s best projects have been revealed as winners during 2019 MEED Projects Awards, which were held in association with Mashreq. The only awards programme recognising excellence for completed projects in the GCC, MEED Projects Awards honoured national winners
Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum presented the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2019 to Kenyan science teacher Peter Tabichi, who won the prize for changing the lives of poor students in a remote village of Kenya.
Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan treated her fans on Sunday with a picture of her two boys and wish them a Happy Mother's Day .
She also starred as the fiancee to Tom Hanks' character in the comedy "Bachelor Party,” and as Jerry Seinfeld's girlfriend in a 1991 episode of "Seinfeld."