More than 1,500 students place victories at Saudi Arabia’s Kangaroo Mawhiba math contest

More than 1,500 students place victories at Saudi Arabia’s Kangaroo Mawhiba math contest
Dr. Saud Al-Mathami, secretary-general of KSA's Mawhiba Foundation. (Supplied)
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Updated 07 April 2022

More than 1,500 students place victories at Saudi Arabia’s Kangaroo Mawhiba math contest

More than 1,500 students place victories at Saudi Arabia’s Kangaroo Mawhiba math contest
  • Competition aims to uncover talent, help students apply math concepts in daily life

RIYADH: More than 1,500 students won the three most important medals at the Kangaroo Mawhiba Math Competition 2022 in Saudi Arabia. There were 282 gold medalists, 493 silver medalists and 745 bronze medalists.

Speaking to Arab News, the students expressed pride in their accomplishments and described the competition, in which they had to solve math problems in a short amount of time, as enjoyable.

Saud Al-Mathami, secretary-general of the King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity, also known as Mawhiba, said the foundation is proud of its collaboration with the Ministry of Education to discover and nurture Saudi Arabia’s talented human capital.

The successes, he noted, are a testament to the Kingdom’s commitment to progress and quality of education, which are reflected in the country’s ambition to develop the best educational system in the world by 2030. 




Home page of Mawhiba website. (Supplied)

This year’s mathematics competition saw 30,458 Saudi students enroll, including 17,685 male students and 12,773 female students.

The competition aims to encourage male and female students to develop mathematical skills and apply these in their daily lives.

Bandar Mamdouh, a member of the Saudi Association for Mathematical Science, said many people do not like mathematics and believe it is difficult to understand. Many students, he added, wonder why they have to take mathematics as a subject in schools.

“Math is the mother of science and the language of the times. It is also the language of accuracy and conciseness,” he said, adding that math has contributed to much of humanity’s modern technology and entertainment and is directly applicable in daily life.

Mamdouh applauded Mawhiba’s efforts to foster students’ interest in mathematics by hosting competitions. 




Logo of  Kangaroo Mawhiba for Maths Competition. (Supplied)

“We have seen an increase in the number of participants and the number of winners every year through modern teaching methods, including the use of modern technology in teaching. This has proved effective in developing students’ science skills in general, mathematics in particular,” he said.

Moath Al-Qahtani, an intermediate third-grade student at Manarat Al-Riyadh School in Riyadh and a contender for Saudi Arabia’s 2022 gold medal in the competition, first learned about it from his colleagues. He then read up on it on the Mawhiba website.

“I joined in the Kangaroo competition in order to strengthen my math skills and solve problems as rapidly as possible, and the competition has helped me apply math in my daily life,” Alqahtani said.

The biggest challenge, he noted, was solving math problems in a limited amount of time, but he acknowledged that this was useful in building his skills.

Mahdi Al-Baik, who won the gold medal, is a secondary second grade at Dar Al-Hekma School in Qatif, located in the eastern part of Saudi Arabia. A math lover, this is his fifth time participating in the competition. He described the contest as fun and enjoyable, agreeing that solving math problems as quickly as possible was certainly a skill that students who wished to participate needed to develop.


Saudi Arabia condemns Iranian attack on Kurdish region in Iraq

Saudi Arabia condemns Iranian attack on Kurdish region in Iraq
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Saudi Arabia condemns Iranian attack on Kurdish region in Iraq

Saudi Arabia condemns Iranian attack on Kurdish region in Iraq

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia on Thursday has strongly condemned the Iranian attacks on the Kurdish region of northern Iraq.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said they had fired missiles and drones at militant targets in several Kurdish sites, killing over a dozen people.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its strong condemnation and denunciation of the Iranian attacks that targeted the Kurdish region in Iraq, which caused the death and injury of several innocent people,” the Kingdom’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
“The ministry affirms its total rejection of all attacks that threaten the security and stability of Iraq, stressing the importance of the international community standing up to all Iranian abuses that violate international law,” the statement read.


The Kingdom also expressed its deepest sympathy and condolences to the government and people of Iraq.
Thirteen people were killed and 58 wounded in the attacks near Irbil and Sulaimaniya in Iraqi Kurdistan, Iraq’s state news agency said, citing its counter-terrorism service in Kurdistan.
Iran’s elite military and security force said they would continue targeting what it called terrorists in the region.


Saudi Arabia’s FM meets Philippines’ Marcos Jr. in Manila 

Saudi Arabia’s FM meets Philippines’ Marcos Jr. in Manila 
Updated 29 September 2022

Saudi Arabia’s FM meets Philippines’ Marcos Jr. in Manila 

Saudi Arabia’s FM meets Philippines’ Marcos Jr. in Manila 

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan met with the Philippines’ President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in Manila, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Thursday. 
The two discussed bilateral ties and friendly relations between the two countries, as well as joint cooperation in various fields, according to SPA. 
Prince Faisal conveyed King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s greetings to the Philippines’ president. 
The reception was also attended by Hisham Al-Qahtani, the Kingdom’s Ambassador to the Philippines, and Abdulrahman Al-Daoud, Director-General of the Minister of Foreign Affairs office.


Westlife dazzles AlUla with sparkling performance

Westlife dazzles AlUla with sparkling performance
Updated 29 September 2022

Westlife dazzles AlUla with sparkling performance

Westlife dazzles AlUla with sparkling performance
  • Maraya’s stunning mirror hall could not contain fan joy
  • Irish band played mix of old favorites and new songs

ALULA: Maraya’s stunning mirror concert hall here was the scene of wild excitement and lump-in-the-throat nostalgia on Wednesday when Westlife performed for what appeared to be some of their most dedicated fans from Saudi Arabia and other parts of the world.

The Irish boy band had the crowd cheering even before they came on stage in AlUla for their “Wild Dreams Tour.” The audience erupted when the four singers eventually emerged to play their most recent hit “Starlight,” with the fans then singing every line in unison.

It was impossible to keep them in their seats. And when the singers shouted “jump,” they were on their feet.

The vocalists Shane Filan, Mark Feehily, Kian Egan, and Nicky Byrne have been through thick and thin. In 2012 they disbanded temporarily, only to come back bigger and stronger in 2018.

Diana Philander from Cape Town said she has been following them since a teenager. “I was 17 back then and I’m 40 now, so this is one of my favorites. I have been practicing the songs for the whole week and I loved every minute of it.”

Westlife gave fans a chance to snap pictures of them, by posing in all direction. (AN photo by Abdulrahman Binshalhoub)

“Thank you to the Saudi government for making all of this possible, there is just one word I can say and that is, it was just superb.”

The concert was a real treat for fans, with the band playing some of their biggest hits.

Before performing the very first song of their career, “Swear it Again,” Egan stepped forward and said: “Can you believe it? This song came out when we were little boys.”

Later Filan said: “We have played in a lot of places in the world, but honestly Maraya might be the coolest venue we have ever played in.”

“Everything was so beautiful, the ride here was absolutely stunning, and of course, you guys are so beautiful,” Filan said pointing toward the audience. “We have a beautiful family and we have always considered our fans as a part of this family, so thank you for being amazing.”

They also played “When you’re looking like that,” “Money, Money, Money” (originally sung by ABBA), and “Flying Without Wings.”

With fans calling for more, the band returned after briefly walking off the stage and performed “Hello My love” and several other songs.

Jessan Domingo Sanson from the Philippines said she traveled all the way from Dhahran to see the stars. “I have been a fan since I was in sixth grade, and I am now 34 years old.”

The band bid their fans a bittersweet good bye. (AN photo by Abdulrahman Binshalhoub)

Sanson was so excited she could barely form coherent sentences, instead expressing herself with shrieks and gestures. Sitting in the front row, she was over the moon because the band members repeatedly moved forward to wave and make heart signs to her and the other audience members.

“I am just glad that it was their first time here in Saudi Arabia, and I didn’t miss a chance to see them,” she said.

Having been together on the road for 23 years, the singers seemed clearly comfortable on stage, bantering and laughing while performing. They applauded each other when hitting particularly expressive and beautiful notes.

Thomas Wallace Thompson, a Scot who lives in AlUla, said: “It was amazing, a boy band from the 90s was here, all the girls were screaming. I am a man who is nearly 60 years old and still found everything extremely enjoyable. I have so many friends who are fans of Westlife and they are so jealous of me.”

Aisha Ahmed, a Saudi fan who was present at the concert with her husband, said: “The band kept saying that they are taking us through their songs, but it really felt like I went back in time, suddenly I was 13 again and I was listening to them in my bedroom, suddenly I was back with my high school friends dancing with our hairbrushes to their songs.”

Her voice wavered: “I am so emotional right now.”


KSRelief ramps up aid efforts in Pakistan, Yemen, Sudan

KSRelief ramps up aid efforts in Pakistan, Yemen, Sudan
Updated 29 September 2022

KSRelief ramps up aid efforts in Pakistan, Yemen, Sudan

KSRelief ramps up aid efforts in Pakistan, Yemen, Sudan

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) ramped up its aid efforts in Pakistan, Yemen and Sudan.
The KSRelief teams continued to distribute various relief aid to people in flood-hit Pakistan, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
About 2,988 food baskets were distributed on Monday in Sindh and Punjab provinces, benefiting 20,916 people, according to SPA.
In Yemen, with the support of KSRelief, the Artificial Limbs Center project continued offering its medical services to Yemenis who lost their limbs.
The center offered 1,613 services to 551 Yemeni patients last month, SPA reported.
The services included manufacturing and rehabilitating artificial limbs for 250 patients, including the delivery of, measuring, and maintenance of limbs, as well as providing physical therapy sessions and specialized consultations to 301 people.
Meanwhile in Sudan, KSRelief distributed 13 tons and 500 kilograms of food baskets in the River Nile State to 1,340 people, according to SPA.


Saudi Arabia reports 132 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths

Saudi Arabia reports 132 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths
Updated 28 September 2022

Saudi Arabia reports 132 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths

Saudi Arabia reports 132 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia reported 132 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Health. As a result, the total number of cases in the Kingdom over the course of the pandemic grew to 816,262.

The authorities also confirmed three new COVID-19-related deaths, raising the total number of fatalities to 9,350.

Of the new infections, 48 were recorded in Riyadh and 21 in Jeddah. Several other cities recorded fewer than 10 new cases each.

The ministry also announced that 100 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom over the course of the pandemic to 803,452.

It said that 3,460 COVID-19 cases were still active, adding that 7,302 PCR tests were conducted in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number to more than 44.3 million.

The ministry said that of the current cases, 33 were in critical condition.

More than 68.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the Kingdom’s immunization campaign began, with over 25.4 million people fully vaccinated.