The beauty of a painting, the emotion of the play, the rhythm and harmony of great music: They all inspire us and symbolize the wealth of a great culture.
The goal of the Al-Ataa Award is to recognize excellence in artistic achievement and to present it to the world at large. The Award honors those artists whose excellence in their work has resulted in the enhancement of our artistic and cultural heritage.
"Recipients of the Al-Ataa Award 1999 - 2010."
Sulaf Fawakherji, 2010
Jamal Soliman, 2009
Jianna Eid, 2009
Nadin Khoury, 2008
Bassam Koussa, 2008
Hind Roustom, 2006
Sanaa Debsi, 2003
Salim Sabri, 2003
Omar Hamdi (Malva), 2002
Dr. Sawsan Abdin Kosi, 2002
Salma Al Masri, 2000
Khaldoun Al-Maleh, 2000
Assala and (the late) Moustafa Nasri, 2000
Dourade Lahham, 1999
Mouna Wassif, 1999
Farouk Ubaysi(left) with Sanaa Debsi(right)
Born in Aleppo, Syria in 1942, Farouk Ubaysi
studied at Aleppo College and The University of Damascus. In 1967 he
received a degree in English Literature. He moved to London in 1968 to
study television and film production at STVP.
he moved to Istanbul and worked in the Turkish film industry. In 1972
he joined the National Film Organization of Syria and worked there
until 1980. He then came to the United States and worked with
Intersound Studio until 1985 when he joined the Islamic Information Service. He created the American Muslim Hour and produced and directed over 700 episodes in 18 years.
has also worked with ART in producing and directing episodic
television, including The Arab-American Journal and Beadan An Al Watan,
and produced and directed episodes for the Syrian televison program Ala
Ayni. Farouk created the Al-Ataa Award in 1999 to honor Arab artists
who have made unique and lasting contributions.