Award Management

The UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY) is the national section in the United Arab Emirates of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). Founded in Switzerland in 1953, IBBY is an international network of people from more than 81 countries who are committed to bringing books and children together.

The UAEBBY was officially established as a non-profit, non-governmental organisation on January 1, 2010, following IBBY’s approval of the United Arab Emirates as a member.  This was a direct result of the efforts of Bodour Al Qasimi, Founder/CEO of Kalimat Publishing House and Patron of the UAEBBY.

The UAEBBY aims to develop the children's book industry in the UAE, to promote a reading culture among children and to further build the capacities and capabilities of practitioners in the field of children’s literature.



Founded in 1976, Emirates Telecommunication Corporation (Etisalat) provides telecommunication services in the UAE, and is one of the Middle East’s leading providers of telecom services, media and equipment. Etisalat offers a variety of hi-tech telecommunication, wireless communication and data communication services, which are provided in conjunction with its subsidiaries: Emirates Vision, Emirates Telecommunications and Marine Services. It also owns stakes in Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications, Zanzibar Telecom Limited and Etihad Etisalat (Mobily).

Etisalat is recognized as a telecom leader,, offering various telecommunication services such as fixed lines, mobile and Internet services across the UAE, helping make it one of the most advanced countries in the world in the telecoms sector.

Etisalat was ranked among the top 140 companies in the world in terms of market capitalization by the Financial Times. It also came in 6th among the top 100 companies in the Middle East in terms of revenues and market capitalization, according to the London-based The Middle East Magazine. It is currently one of the largest contributors to the Federal Budget, and is an award-winning socially responsible corporation.