In the last 35 years, under the guidance and patronage of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, the UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, the Sharjah International Book Fair has become a site of collective energy, providing a space to dare, dream and imagine. The prestigious awards bestowed at the Sharjah International Book Fair are an acknowledgement of individual brilliance. But above that, it is an appreciation of taking the love of the written word beyond boundaries, beyond cultures.

In order to promote production of good quality publications, SIBF offers several annual awards:

1- Cultural Personality of the Year Award

2- Sharjah Award for an Emirati Book 

  • The Best Emirati Book by an Emirati Creative Writer
  • The Best Emirati Academic Book
  • The Best Emirati Foreign Translated Book
  • The Best Emirati Book about the UAE

3- Sharjah Award for the Best Arabic Novel

4- Sharjah Award for the Best International Book

  • The Best international Fiction Book
  • The Best International Non-Fiction Book

5- Sharjah Publisher Recognition Award

  • The Best local publisher
  • The Best Arab publisher
  • The Best international publisher

Entries are invited from publishers and writers. Winners shall be selected by a high profile Selection Jury after thoroughly studying the entries. The winners shall be felicitated under the patronage and presence of His Highness The Ruler of Sharjah, on the opening day of the SIBF. For more details visit

SIBF Cultural Personality of the Year

This annual award is given to a distinguished person or an organisation, who is found to be recognised and appreciated for her/her contribution to the socio/cultural/literary field benefits the mankind. His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the UAE Supreme Council Member & Ruler of Sharjah will announce the winner before the fair.