Established by The Abraaj Group in 2008, the prize recognizes and selects notable artists from the Middle-East, North Africa and South Asia each year. The 9th edition collected applications from over 61 countries, which was over the double of the number received in 2015.
One winning artists and three shortlisted artists showcase a thematic group exhibition and Art Dubai each year.
2017 Winning Artist: Rana Begum, Bangladesh
2017 Shortlisted Artists: Doa Aly, Egypt; Sarah Abu Abdallah, Saudi Arabia; Raha Raissnia, Iran
2017 Guest Curator: Omar Berrada (Director, Dar al-Ma’mûn; a library and artists residency in Marrakech)