ABU DHABI -- Minister of Foreign Affairs Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan presented the winners of Burda competition with the awards at a ceremony, which was held as part of the celebrations marking the birthday of Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) Sunday.
Burda Awards, named after the historical poem “Burda” written by Ka’ab Ibn Zuhair praising the Prophet, was launched by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development in 2004.
The contest covering the three main areas of poetry, Arabic calligraphy and the Islamic Illumination (Zakhrafa) has seen large participation from inside UAE and abroad.
On the fringes of the award ceremony held at the National Theatre in Abu Dhabi, Shaikh Abdullah also opened an exhibition of Islamic arts, which showcased artworks from Arab and non Arab countries across the world.
The winning entries in the contest were also displayed in the exhibition.
Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammed Al Owais and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Adviser for Religious and Judicial Affairs at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs Assayyid Ali Al Hashimi and a number of senior officials and dignitaries also attended the ceremony.
Shaikh Abdullah expressed appreciation of the prominent place Burda Award has secured on the Arab and international levels over the years since its inception eight years ago.