The four- member UAE national team had a dream win at the 6th Arab Chemistry Olympiad with all the four students representing the country bagging gold medals, propelling UAE to the top place in the competition which concluded here on Tuesday.
H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, honoured the winners of the competition at an award ceremony held here last night.
Sheikh Saud congratulated the winners and urged them to take forward their pursuit of academic excellence. "The impressive win by the UAE team reflects the efficacy of the strategy adopted by the UAE leadership to provide the young generation with access to quality education and thereby build human capital equipped to face the challenges of the future," Sheikh Saud said.
The young UAE chemistry wizards achieved the impressive feat by winning four of the total five gold medals, with the lone remaining gold going to a Palestinian student.
The UAE team displayed true mastery of the subject in laboratory as well as theoretical tests in the three- day event, taking the country to the top the medal chart with 16 points, followed by Palestine with 13 points and Saudi Arabia coming third with 11 points.
The UAE golden team of four included Noura Salim Al Yamahi from Tawaeen in Fujairah, Aisha Abdullah Al Tenaiji from Dhaid in Sharjah, Hamdan Yaqoob Al Hosany from Abu Dhabi and Omar Abdullah Al Habsi from Ras Al Khaimah. Dana Ehab Gazelle from Tulkarm in the West Bank city of Palestine was the other gold medal winner.
The 6th Arab Chemistry Olympiad, held for the first time in the UAE, had 47 students from 13 Arab countries vying for the 5 gold, 10 silver and 15 bronze medals and accompanying cash awards.
"It is so great to have won a gold medal for the country and I would like to dedicate it to President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. We are all so thrilled that our efforts helped the country win the event. The hard work that all of us put into this competition, including the six training camps and the final camp at the Etisalat Academy in Dubai, really helped us in the lab and theory tests," said Noura Salim Al Yamahi who emerged as the top scorer in the competition. Noura had recently graduated from the Al Tawaeen School and plans to study GIS at the UAE University in Al Ain.
Omar Abdullah Al Habsi said that science had always fascinated him and he always loved to experiment with things and explore new frontiers of knowledge. "Winning gold in a real competitive event like this with participants from so many countries is a good morale booster," said Omar Abdullah who is all set to join University of Pennsylvania to pursue a degree in Nuclear Engineering.
The 17- year old Dana Ehab Gazelle from Palestine was equally thrilled for winning a gold medal for her country. She said that Chemistry has been her passion at school but she would be pursuing medicine when she graduates next year. A 11th grade student of the Al-Adawiya Higher Secondary School, Dana said that the preparation she undertook was so intense that it involved solving all the questions in the previous International Chemistry Olympiads and training in the laboratories of the Al Najah University in West Bank.
The gold medal winners were also presented with a cash award of USD 1000 and a laptop computer.
H.E. Sheikh Faisal bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chairman of RAK Finance Department and Head of the Board of Trustees of RAK Award for Creativity and Excellence, Sheikh Mohammed bin Kayed Al Qasimi, Vice Chairman of RAK Economic Development Department, Dr. Ali Abdulkhaliq Al Qarni, Director of the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States, Shaikha Al Shamsi, Chief Executive for Educational Affairs at the UAE Ministry of Education, Dr. Salah Yousef Al Fahili, Chairman of the Union of Arab Chemists, Dr Ahmad Alghamdi, General Secretary of the Union of Arab Chemists, Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Mansoor, General Secretary of the RAK Award for Creativity and Excellence, Mouza Saif Al Mattar, President of the UAE Chemical Society were among the dignitaries present on the occasion.
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