Nabiha Mheidly’s “Creatures in the Ceiling” honoured by Sharjah Ruler for winning Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature

SHARJAH: Lebanon’s Dar Al Hadaek publishing house has won the AED one million 4th edition of Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature for its “Creatures in the Ceiling”, written by Nabiha Mheidly and illustrated by Hussam Zahr Eldeen.

The publishing house was honoured by H. H. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah honoured for winning the prestigious award at the 31st Sharjah International Book Fair which opened today.

Nabiha Mheidly’s book which competed with 57 shortlisters from 9 countries tells the story of Karim, an 8-year-old boy who lives with his poor family in a modest house. For Karim, who is endowed with a keen sense of imagination, his bedtime becomes a time of joy and wonder as he explores the fascinating and magical world of his room’s ceiling and encounters the many fantastical creatures that are its inhabitants.

The ceremony was attended by Chairman of Etisalat Mohammad Omran, General Manager of Etisalat in the Northern Emirates Region Abdul Aziz Hamad Taryam and a host of writers and visitors.

President of the UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY)- the supervisory body of the Award- Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi congratulated the winner and praised the efforts made by the award’s panel of judges.

She highlighted the Award’s significant contribution to the overall Arab cultural movement.

Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature, she noted, serves as an incentive for authors, illustrators, and publishers to excel, develop their work, and give their best.

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