Shihab Ghanem
Dr. Shihab M. Ghanem is a UAE poet, translator of poetry, engineer, manager and industrial development economist. He obtained a double degree in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Aberdeen in 1964, and a Master of Engineering degree in Water Resources Development from Roorkee University in 1975 and a Ph.D. in Economics from Wales (Cardiff) in 1989. He received the Honorary Doctorate (Literature) from Soka University in Tokyo in 2015.

UK Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers of UK and a Fellow of the Institute of Management of UK and a member of UAE Engineering Society and was the Chief Editor of "World of Engineering", the UAE Society of Engineers' technical magazine from 1996 to 1999. He was for several years a member of the advisory committees for Mechanical Engineering and also Management of Dubai Men's Higher Technology College.

His working career includes working as Deputy Permanent Secretary of Public Works and Communications in Aden, Chief Engineer of Eterno Supplies in Lebanon, Plant Manager of Gulf Eternit in Dubai, Director of Engineering of Dubai Ports and Jebel Free Zone, and Managing Director of Mohammed Bin Rashid Technology Park. He is founder and Managing Director of INDUSTEC Consulting.

He has published 60 books including 16 books of verse in Arabic plus 2 in English, 24 volumes of translated verse, Arabic to English, and from other languages to Arabic via English, and 19 books in prose. His book "Industrialization in the United Arab Emirates" published by Avebury, U.K. in 1992 is still a main reference on its subject.

Editor of Aden College magazine (1957-60); Founding Member and Committee Member of Al-Muntada cultural magazine (1983-86); Member of advisory committee of Shuoon Adabiyah magazine (2003-2005); Member of advisory committee of Al-Mishkat magazine, Advisory member of Kalima project (2011-2015)

He has received various awards and honourings including:
Tagore Peace Award 2012, Kolkata, India
The Poetry Award for Culture & Humanism, 2013
World Poetry Society Intercontinental, Chennai, India
Cultural Personality of the Year, 2013
Al-Owais Creativity Award, Dubai, UAE
Honouring by Al-Ithnainiyah of Sheikh Abdul Maqsood Khojah in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2013
Gala Award, 2013, Gulf Arts & Leadership Academy, UAE
Honoured by Kerala Chief Minister at SNDP function, Trivandum, 2014
Translation Award, Al-Owais Creativity Awards, Dubai, UAE, 2014
Honoured by Kerala Minister for Culture at Sahitya Akademi, 2014
Voted by the Intenational Poetry Translation and Research Centre (IPTRC, China) as the
     International Best Translator of the Year 2014
Translation Award, Al-Owais Creativity Awards, Dubai, UAE, 2012
Soka Gakkai International, Peace & Culture Award, 2012
Honoured by House of Poetry of Yemen which named the 2010-2011 cycle after him
Honoured by Hayel Saeed Foundation, 2010, Taiz, Yemen
Honoured by Kerala Sahitya Akademi, 2010
Honoured by Muntada Al-Basharaheel, Makkah, 2007
Sharjah Government Book Award, 2007, Sharjah, UAE
Sharjah Government Book Award, 2003 (Shared with Slovak Ambassador), Sharjah, UAE
Al Owais Prize for Research, 1998, Dubai, UAE
Book of Verse Prize, 1996, Abha Literary Club, Saudi Arabia
Honoured by Dubai Kairali Kalakendram in 1996 together with Nobel Prize nominee Kamala Das (later Surayya)
Rashid Award for Scientific Excellence, 1989, Dubai, UAE
1st Prize for Poetry in UAE, 1984, Sharjah Dept. of Culture

More About Dr. Shihab M. Ghanem
Who's Who in the World, published by Marquis in USA, 2000
Who's Who in Science and Engineering, published by Marquis in USA, 2002/2003
Who's Who in Finance and Industry, published by Marquis in USA
International Who's Who of Intellectuals, IBC in Cambridge UK, vol 5
International Authors and Writers Who's Who, IBC, UK, 10th edition, 1986
Dictionary of International Biography, IBC, UK, 1984
Al-Babateen Dictionary of Contemporary Arab Poets,(in Arabic), vol 2, 1995
U. A. E. Poets Encyclopedia (in Arabic), Bilal Al-Budoor, 2015

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