Saudi Arabian Youth Make Waves at Science Competition

Published December 8th, 2011 - 07:00 GMT
Students from all over the Arab world competed for several prizes in the contest. (Image courtesy of "")
Students from all over the Arab world competed for several prizes in the contest. (Image courtesy of "")

Hayfa Al-Bassam and Ghufram Essam Masoud were placed first and second, respectively, in the behavioral & social sciences category, while Sara Salah Al-Nasser won in the medicine & health sciences, microbiology and plant sciences category.

Anas Eshtaya of Palestine received first place overall for his movement and gas detection device project in the field of electrical and communication systems engineering, beating Al-Nasser and Al-Bassam who were second and third respectively.

The awards ceremony was held under the patronage of Sharjah’s ruler Sultan Al-Qasimi and featured 120 of the Arab World’s most promising student innovators and scientists competing for $40,000 and six scholarships to the University of Sharjah.

Humaid Al-Qatami, UAE minister of education, in his address said: “We owe thanks and gratitude to Sultan Al-Qasimi for his support and belief in this significant educational event. His vision and direction to host this world-class event in the University of Sharjah embodies the countries’ vision in creating cultured and educated citizens over the past 40 years.”

Dr. Martina Roth, director of Intel's global education strategy, research and policy said: “The dedication and enthusiasm shown by students from this region is truly inspirational. 

“Throughout the course of the event we have seen just how talented youths are in the Arab world, especially in the field of science and technology. 

“We have no doubt that these highly intelligent and imaginative individuals will go on to successfully compete at a global level in this field.”

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