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.


2018 Abu Dhabi Festival Awards

Krzysztof Penderecki

In celebration of his prolific career as a composer and conductor, recognizing the cultural significance of his works for which he has won international awards, including five GRAMMYs

Philip Glass

For his iconic contributions to 20th and 21st century music, recognizing his integral in redefining the parameters and reception of contemporary classical music.

Sir Antonio Pappano

For his services to music including as Music Director of the Royal Opera House, London and Principal Conductor of Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

The late artist AbdulHussein Abdulrida

In recognition of his artistic achievements and the impact he left in theatre and television in the Gulf