The Ministry of Culture and Youth launched the Al Burda Award in AH 1425 / 2004 AD to commemorate the birthday of Prophet Mohammed (God’s blessing and peace be upon him). Now in its 17th edition, as the UAE is celebrating the Year of Sustainability, MCY is proposing the theme of “Al Mizan’’- The Balance: Islamic Art as a Catalyst for Sustainability” for Al Burda Award 2023 and highlights how Islamic principles, traditions, and values have a long history of emphasizing the value of protecting the environment, conserving natural resources and ensuring the stewardship of maintaining Al Mizan (balance) by each individual on the planet.
The award recognizes creativity and excellence in the intrinsic value of Islamic art and culture through the practice of traditional Islamic disciplines and pays tribute to the complexity of the Arabic language through receiving original submissions from poets, calligraphers, and artists whose work is inspired by the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), the Holy Quran, and hadiths. As of 2021, over 330 winners have been awarded in recognition of their distinguished work.
Al Burda Award is known for celebrating 3 disciplines:
By celebrating the honorable biography and character of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) on the anniversaries of his birthday, the Al Burda Award aims to:
For the 16th edition, the key dates are as follows:
*Applicable only to the calligraphy and ornamentation categories. The applicant needs to ensure that enough time is given to ship their artwork for it to be received by MCY before October 15th.