The Fifth Forum of the King Abdullah International Award for Translation was held in Berlin, Germany, on Monday night in the presence of Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Berlin Mayor, Claus Wowereit.
The event was held this year under the title “Translation and its role in promoting rapprochement between cultures and civilizations,” in partnership with the Free University of Berlin in Germany, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The prizes were handed over to the winners of the Award for Translation from different languages. The winners included translators from across the Middle East such as Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Tunisia.
The King Abdullah International Award for Translation was designed to honor distinguished translation works and organizations that have contributed significantly to the field of translation from and into Arabic. It was established on Oct. 31, 2006 upon the approval of the King Abdulaziz Public Library Council.
“The prize opens broad prospects for comprehensive and meaningful dialogue between the Arab-Islamic culture and other cultures in all areas of human knowledge and paves the way to the meeting of followers of religions on common denominators that achieve the interests and happiness for humankind and avoid the scourges of conflicts and confrontation,” Faisal Muammar, adviser to King Abdullah and general supervisor of the King Abdul Aziz Public Library, said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency.
In his speech, the Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit expressed his happiness over hosting the award in Berlin for honoring translators who embody the creativity of authors and transfer it to other civilizations, SPA reported.
He praised what he saw during his visit to Saudi Arabia last March and the development of the Kingdom in various fields, noting that a large economic conference to increase Saudi-German cooperation in the field of energy and health will be organized.
The Mayor also commended the positive impact on the German people through the ‘Exhibition of Saudi Archaeological Masterpieces Through the Ages held in Berlin Museum’ which shed light on the Kingdom's history.