“In that light, the awarding of the prestigious Tagore Peace Prize to one of the UAE’s most distinguished poets comes as a rare honour indeed considering that the award is only granted every two years. Dr Shehab Ganem has laboured lovingly in solitude, translating and writing poetry, exploring the common values that transcend individual societies, focusing on the true human values of humanity, peace and love.
“Single handedly, he has forged stronger ties between the two nations. And he is the first Arab to be so honoured, in recognition of his years in the field. His ten works translated into English and his works in foreign poetry have shown contemporary Arab culture in a new light.
“At this time of reflection, as the year draws to a close, it is worth remembering that for all that divides us, we are united by common human values. Dr Ganem is a reminder.” WAM/Latheef