A number of Arab and GCC countries are participating in a patriotic poetry writing contest which offers a total of SR200,000 to the winners. Five out of 450 entries have been selected as finalists in the contest, for which the closing ceremony will be on March 30.
The finalists are Bani bin Abdullah Al-Baqami, Husein bin Mani Al-Yami, Mohammed bin Khalaf Al-Khatib, Muklad bin Dakhil Al-Azizi and Holal bin Awad bin Sorour.
The theme of the contest is the heroism and patriotism of Saudi soldiers in securing the Kingdom at the southern borders, and the first place prizewinner will receive SR100,000. The other four finalists will share the remaining SR100,000.
The Sahara TV channel has been involved in the organization of the contest, which aims to strengthen the ties among Arab and GCC nationals through art. Mishaal bin Khalid bin Hethlain, group chairman of the Sahara TV channel, said the poems express support for the soldiers defending the Kingdom.
He also said that the contest is an initiative to express gratitude, support and loyalty to the Kingdom under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, and hopes that the contest will further engender interest among the participants to develop their art further.
He also expressed gratitude to all those who have contributed to make the contest possible, such as the members of the jury who selected the finalists, who are themselves poets, including Abdullah bin Aoun, Hamidi Al-Harbi and Salem bin Jikhair.
He also thanked the members of the commission who were in charge of the participants from the Kingdom, the Gulf countries and some Arab countries such as Jordan, Egypt, Sudan and Yemen.
The committee received some 650 entries, but chose only 450 based on the criteria set for the contest.
By Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr.
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