“The Arabic language is a key element of the national Arab identity and is central to raising children who are proud of their Arab roots,” Sheikha Bodour said.

“Reading helps develop awareness among children not only of their own language, but also of their culture and their heritage. In addition, books highlight important issues that children face while growing up.”


In 2009, she established the Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature, one of the most valuable book awards in the world, to raise standards and improve quality in Middle East publishing.

Sharjah Sheikha says Arabic literature is key to identity – The National.

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