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Honours and Awards

Over the course of his career and public service, Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh has received a number of Arab and international awards for his initiatives and work.


Selected awards include:

French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences (2022)

UAE Order of the Union (2021)

Exceptional Excellence Award Personality of the Year (2019) -- Beirut Institute Summit

Personality of the Year (2018) - Emirates Literary Festival

Cultural Diplomat of the Year (2017) - Abu Dhabi Cultural Summit

The Golden Medal of Arts (2014) - Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC

The "European-Arab Culture Prize" awarded by European Foundation for Culture in Leipzig 2013

"Cultural Personality of the Year" award given by the Sultan Bin Ali AL Oweis Foundation  UAE 2013

The "Ring of Tolerance" awarded by the European Academy of Science and Arts in Frankfurt 2012

Abu Dhabi Award (2007)


He was awarded an honorary PhD in Human Sciences by the Al Quds Arab University in Jerusalem in 2014.

Other notable awards and honours include:

  • Officer of the French Legion d’Honneur 2015

  • Commander of the Order of British Empire CBE (2013)

  • Commander’s Cross of the German Order of Merit (2013)

  • Medal of Merit to Culture “Gloria Artis”- Republic of Poland (2010)

  • Commander of the French Order of Arts et Lettres (July 2008)

  • Commander of the French Order of the Palmes Academiques (February 2007)

  • Grand Officer Star of Italian Solidarity (August 2007)

  • Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria(January 2007)

  • Chevalier of the French Legion d’Honneur (May 2001)

  • Officer of the Spanish Order of Merit (July 1999)

  • Commander of the British Royal Victorian Order - CVO (July 1989)

  • Commander of the Italian Order of Merit (1983)

  • Officer of the French Order of Merit (August 1980)

  • Officer of the Jordanian Order of Independence (1969)



Personal life

Zaki Nusseibeh is married and has three children, Lana (UAE Permanent Representative at the UN), Dyala (Director of Abu Dhabi Art), and Anwar.


Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh worked as a translator for Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan from 1968 until his death, then as a translator for Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Sheikh Zayed with British Prime Minister

He held many positions and served the Emirates for more than 54 years, from the positions he held, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Director of the Media Office in the Presidency’s Office in 1975, a Press Advisor at the Court, among other notable positions

He was appointed Minister of State in 2017, then a Cultural Advisor to the President of the UAE with a Minister's  rank in early 2021.

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Sheikh Zayed with Archbishop President M

Fluent in seven languages, Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh participated in establishing the first English Language newspaper in Abu Dhabi.

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