Pakistani pupil brings honor to the Kingdom

Updated 03 January 2014
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Pakistani pupil brings honor to the Kingdom

Hira Siddiqui, a Pakistani student, ranked 36th in the UNICEF World Science Competition from among 5.9 million other students from around the world.
The event was organized by UNICEF globally and entered the Guinness World Records for being the largest online educational competition.
Students of different ages took part in the event, competing in English, math and science.
Siddiqui, who is a ninth grader at Jeddah International School, took part in the science category in the age group 14-18. She attained the 36th position in the world, came in 3rd place in the GCC, and first among competitors in Saudi Arabia.
Hira told Arab News that she worked hard to receive this honorable ranking and is thankful to God first for her success and then her parents and teachers who were a constant source of inspiration and support to her.
She explained that participants registered individually or through theirs schools, and were then given an ID, which enabled them to log online on the designated website to compete against other participants.
“My entire school participated in the event, which was called World Education Games.
“There were three categories English, math, and science and each category had four age groups. The organizers, UNICEF, gave us one month to practice for the competition. It was the largest online educational competition, with around 5.9 million students of all ages participating,” she explained.
UNICEF awarded Siddiqui with a silver medal and a special certificate of recognition.


Events celebrating Saudi Souq Okaz festival kick off on Wednesday

Events are planned across the country to accompany the Souq Okaz festival. (AFP)
Updated 19 June 2018
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Events celebrating Saudi Souq Okaz festival kick off on Wednesday

  • Makkah will host a show creatively presenting the historical convoys of trade souqs
  • Riyadh and the Eastern Province will be hosting heritage and cultural events such as a show that presents the story of buying and selling in Souq Okaz and encourages people to visit the souq’s events

JEDDAH: Events accompanying Souq Okaz that promote the market and invite people to visit its cultural and heritage activities will kick off on Wednesday, under the patronage of King Salman. The Souq is organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) and will run June 27 to July 13.

Makkah will host the event of “The Historical Convoys of Thi Al-Mejna and Thi Al-Mijaz Souqs,” a show creatively presenting the historical convoys of trade souqs. These convoys show the method traders adopted to beat travel exhaustion and entertain themselves as they would sing about Souq Okaz and invite people to visit it.

Madinah will host the event “Let’s go to Souq Okaz,” which will encourage people to attend the cultural and heritage events. This event includes activities such as folk shows and interactive, innovative and heritage competitions.

Jeddah will host several cultural seminars focusing on the history of the souq as well as poetry readings and a theatrical show that represents the story of buying and selling in Souq Okaz.

Riyadh and the Eastern Province will be hosting heritage and cultural events such as a show that presents the story of buying and selling in Souq Okaz and encourages people to visit the souq’s events.

Taif will host “Souq Okaz for Performance Arts,” an event that includes heritage and cultural performance activities that reflect the souq’s identity in Al-Hada, Shifa and Ar-Rudaf Park. 

The events accompanying the souq this year will be launched on Friday in Al-Baha and many archaeological sites in the provinces of Al-Mikhwat, Al-Qura and Al-Mandaq.

The events include the camel convoy, horse shows, traditional folk and dancing shows, artifacts, Saudi traditional dishes and the introduction of some popular traditional and historical souqs in the regions.