Festival to honour Islamic art works
Abu Dhabi, January 24, 2008
Abu Dhabi will host the second edition of Al Mahabba Awards festival, aimed at promoting cultural and artistic renaissance of the Muslim world, from April 17 to 19.
The event is meant to encourage, promote and honour creative and artistic works on the life of the Prophet Muhammad such as songs, movies, television programs, documentary films, books, photography and painting, said the organisers.
Al Mahabba Awards are being organised by a group of young men and women from the Arab and Muslim world under the supervision of a select group of scientists, clerics and artists with the support of several UAE and Saudi Arabian companies.
The event is being held under the patronage of Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces.
The award festival recently set up its board of trustees, comprising several imminent public figures.
The members includes Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE minister of foreign affairs, who will serve as chairman of the awards, Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayah, Shiekh Al Bouti, Dr Abdal-Hakim Murad, Al Habib Ali Jafri, Dr Mohammed Abdo Yamani, Professor Abla Kahlawi, Noha Azzam, Dr Amal Kubasi, Sheikh Hamdan Al Mazroui, Dr Walid Fitaihi and Yousf Ali.
The judges committee is chaired by Professor Abdal-Hakim Murad (Timothy Winter) professor of Sheikh' Zayed chair at the University of Cambridge in Britain, where he, in his capacity as head of the Committee, will select a group of experts for award categories to select winners in each category.
Abu Dhabi TV will support the festival by broadcasting the activities of the festival and launching a publicity and advertising campaign to generate greater awareness, the organisers said.-TradeArabia News Service