On October 18th 2003 was held, at the Opera Theatre of Cairo, the Ceremony for the “Mediterranean Award 2003” and the title of "Ambassador of the United States of the World" to the Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz, in the presence of the President of the Fondazione Laboratorio Mediterraneo, Mr Michele Capasso; of the Foundation’s Vice President, Mrs Caterina Arcidiacono; and of the Italian Ambassador to Egypt, Mr. Antonio Badini.

The Mediterranean Award is meant to acknowledge the work of the writer and scriptwriter, in the service of knowledge and of the dialogue among Mediterranean cultures.