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.


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

Updated 24 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize on Wednesday the launch of the “Qiddiya” Project which is the new entertainment, sports and cultural destination in the Kingdom.
The project will be built in Al-Giddiya area, some 40 km west of the capital, Riyadh.
The foundation stone ceremony of will be attended by a host of local and international officials, as well as a number of decision-makers, major investors and representatives of the regional and international companies, marking the launch of the project’s formal infrastructure. The first phase will be completed by 2022.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah Tounsi, Secretary General of the Foundation Council of the Qiddiya Project of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) said that the inauguration of this vital project is a real translation of the aspirations of the Kingdom’s wise leadership and its relentless efforts to develop mega projects that would contribute effectively to achieve many direct and indirect economic returns, and to advance sustainable development for the benefit of the homeland and the citizen, in accordance with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
“About two-thirds of the Kingdom’s population is under the age of 35. There is a great need for Qiddiya Project to provide them with entertainment. The project will save about $30 billion, which will be used to develop the domestic economy and create new job opportunities for Saudi youths,” he added.
For his part, Michael Reininger, Chief Executive of Qiddiya, said, “we are delighted to be a key contributor to boost the Kingdom’s economic development and investment, not only for the entertainment industry but also to projects that will develop the capabilities the young Saudi people.”