The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is funded and supported by numerous organisations.


IPAF is funded by:

About the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) drives the sustainable growth of Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism sectors, fuels economic progress and helps achieve Abu Dhabi’s wider global ambitions. By working in partnership with the organisations that define the Emirate’s position as a leading international destination, DCT Abu Dhabi strives to unite the ecosystem around a shared vision of the Emirate’s potential, coordinate effort and investment, deliver innovative solutions, and use the best tools, policies and systems to support the culture and tourism industries.

DCT Abu Dhabi’s vision is defined by the Emirate’s people, heritage and landscape. We work to enhance Abu Dhabi’s status as a place of authenticity, innovation, and unparalleled experiences, represented by its living traditions of hospitality, pioneering initiatives and creative thought.

About the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre

The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre, works to support Arabic language development and modernisation through comprehensive strategies and frameworks, enrich the scientific, educational, cultural and creative contributions of the Arabic language, promote Arabic language proficiency and cultural understanding, and support Arab talents in the fields of writing, translation, publishing, scientific research, arts, and content creation.
The Centre works to realise its foundational vision through dedicated programmes, human expertise, and meaningful partnerships with the world’s most prestigious technical, cultural and academic institutions.


IPAF is Supported  by:

The Booker Prize Foundation is a London based registered charity (no 1090049) which, since 2002, has been responsible for the award of the Man Booker Prize. Established in 1968, the Man Booker Prize (formerly known as “the Booker Prize”) is the leading literary award in the English speaking world. It is given in October each year for the best novel in the immediately preceding year written in English and published in the UK.

The judges of the Man Booker Prize are selected from leading literary critics, writers, academics and notable public figures and the panel changes each year. This change of personnel contributes to the internationally acclaimed excellence and integrity of the prize. Each year the winning novel is translated and published worldwide, and is assured greatly increased sales and international recognition.

In 2005 The Foundation inaugurated its Man Booker International Prize. The model of this prize will change from 2016 when it will be awarded in May for the best novel or collection of short stories translated into English and published in the UK. Prior to the selection of the winner, a longlist and shortlist will be announced. Its prize purse will be divided equally between authors and translators.

The Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation is Gaby Wood.

For more information on the Booker Prize Foundation & the Man Booker Prizes see


The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair is the most professionally organized, most ambitious and fastest growing book fair in the Middle East and North Africa. Abu Dhabi is the motor driving the professional and commercial development of the regional publishing industry, and is financially and philosophically committed to the long-term expansion of the global book business.

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, is a major business initiative of KITAB, a joint venture of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage with the Frankfurt Book Fair. This cooperation allows for the exchange of ideas and expertise to develop an intellectual and professional forum for all sectors of the book industry of the Middle East, North Africa and beyond.