For outstanding lifetime contributions to arts and culture.

Inaugurated in 2012 and presented with Chopard, the Abu Dhabi Festival Award is given annually to individuals for outstanding lifetime contributions to arts and culture. The Abu Dhabi Festival Award has become the benchmark of cultural excellence.


2017 Abu Dhabi Festival Awards

His Royal Highness Prince Badr bin Abdul Mohsen Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud

In recognition of His Royal Highness’s intellectual, cultural and poetic accomplishments and status as one of the most prominent voices in contemporary Arabic literature.

Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble

In recognition of the unprecedented cross-cultural dialogue instigated by The Ensemble and its musicians from more than 20 countries. The award also celebrates the personal commitment to cultural collaboration from The Ensemble’s director, renowned cellist, UN Messenger of Peace and 17-time GRAMMY award-winner Yo-Yo Ma.

Mohamed Abdo

Mohamed Abdo in recognition of his esteemed career spanning more than six decades and his status as one of the most prominent musical pioneers in the Arab world, dedicated to the development of culture and arts.

Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis, the founder of the Jazz Lincoln Center and a nine-time GRAMMY Award-winner, in recognition of his exceptional accomplishments in the service of culture, music and arts education and youth development.

Dr. Ghassan Salamé

In recognition of his literary and diplomatic accomplishments and influential role promoting cross-cultural dialogue and exchange.