Top Mawhiba students prepare to represent Saudi Arabia at five international scientific olympiads

Top Mawhiba students prepare to represent Saudi Arabia at five international scientific olympiads
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The talented students had already completed more than 10,000 hours of training before participating in the preparatory camps. (Supplied)
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The talented students had already completed more than 10,000 hours of training before participating in the preparatory camps. (Supplied)
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Updated 30 June 2022

Top Mawhiba students prepare to represent Saudi Arabia at five international scientific olympiads

Top Mawhiba students prepare to represent Saudi Arabia at five international scientific olympiads
  • Members of physics, chemistry and biology teams are in Hungary for a two-week training program; the math and informatics teams already completed their preparations in the Kingdom
  • The events, some of which are virtual and some in-person, will take place in July and August in Norway, Indonesia, China, Switzerland and Armenia

JEDDAH: Top students from the King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity, also known as Mawhiba, are preparing to participate in five international scientific olympiads that will be held virtually and in person during July and August.

Two teams of students have already completed their training programs in the Kingdom at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology. They will compete in the International Mathematical Olympiad in Oslo, Norway, from July 6 to 16, and the International Olympiad in Informatics in Indonesia from Aug. 7 to 15. The informatics event involves programming and algorithmic problem-solving challenges.

Meanwhile, 38 male and female members of three other teams arrived in Budapest, Hungary, on Monday to begin intensive two-week training programs at some of the country’s most prestigious universities.

They include 14 students hoping to earn a place on the team that will compete at the International Chemistry Olympiad, which will be hosted by China; 12 students nominated for the team at the International Physics Olympiad 2022, hosted by Switzerland; and 12 trying to claim a place on the team at International Biology Olympiad 2022 in Armenia. The first two events will be virtual and the third in-person, and all three take place between July 10 and 18.

The physics team’s training event is being held at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, the biology team’s at the Hungarian Society of Biology, and the chemistry team’s at Eotvos Lorand University. They team members will complete an average of about eight hours a day of lectures and tutoring in their specialist subjects, delivered by experienced, qualified international trainers. The lessons will include practical and theoretical elements, along with training on how to find solutions to advanced scientific problems.

According to Mawhiba, at the end of the training camp the best performers on each team will be selected to represent Saudi Arabia at their respective olympiads.

Amal Al-Hazzaa, the acting secretary general of Mawhiba, told Arab News that the talented students had already completed more than 10,000 hours of training before participating in the preparatory camps.

She added that they have all attained high levels of proficiency and experience to reach the point where they can represent the Kingdom at an international competition.

In the past 10 years, Al-Hazzaa revealed, students from Saudi Arabia have won more than 500 medals and other awards at the olympiads.

“We are hopeful that these students will achieve further successes in the coming five olympiads,” she added.


Digital Cooperation Organization hosting 2nd General Assembly in Riyadh

Digital Cooperation Organization hosting 2nd General Assembly in Riyadh
Updated 02 February 2023

Digital Cooperation Organization hosting 2nd General Assembly in Riyadh

Digital Cooperation Organization hosting 2nd General Assembly in Riyadh
  • DCO’s General Assembly will be the platform to notarize international cooperation between governments
  • Organization aims to enhance global collaboration on the digital economy

RIYADH: The Digital Cooperation Organization will host its second General Assembly in the Saudi capital, bringing together DCO member states to discuss strategic directions and initiatives to enable digital prosperity for all nations.

“The 2nd General Assembly aims to address challenges associated with the cross-border expansion of the digital economy and facilitate dialogues to promote more cooperation to achieve digital prosperity for all,” the DCO tweeted.

Ministers representing DCO member states, along with high-level delegations from DCO observers and representatives from guest countries and international organizations, will convene for the General Assembly to discuss the state of the digital economy and the challenges facing all nations in achieving equitable global digital growth and development.

Deemah Al-Yahya, secretary-general of the DCO, said: “Digital technologies have immense potential to transform economies and empower groups, including women and entrepreneurs with new opportunities, especially (given) that 70 percent of the new value created in the global economy over the next decade will be based on digitally enabled platforms. So, it is of critical importance that all nations have the same ability to leverage the power of digitalization to achieve their goals.

“The DCO was formed to accelerate digital transformation through collaboration and knowledge sharing among all stakeholders to empower nations to develop strategies and programs to drive their own digital development and equally participate in the global digital economy,” she said.

The second General Assembly will be the first-ever in-person meeting of the DCO member states, marking two years of progress for the international organization, which was founded to help achieve social prosperity and growth by unifying efforts to promote interest in the digital economy.

“I am very pleased that the ministers from DCO member states will convene in Riyadh, the headquarters of the DCO, for the second General Assembly to mark two years of progress toward the DCO’s goals, and to continue the discussions on how we can achieve digital prosperity for all in collaboration with our international observers from the ecosystem stakeholders representing the private sector, academia, think tanks and civil society organizations,” Al-Yahya said.

The monumental event will also reflect the qualitative leaps made by member states in their shift toward a tech-powered economy.

The DCO is a global digital organization founded in 2020 by seven member states — Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia — but has recently added Morocco, Djibouti, Cyprus and Rwanda to its ranks.


Riyadh’s Gamers8 festival gets bigger, better and bolder

Riyadh’s Gamers8 festival gets bigger, better and bolder
Updated 02 February 2023

Riyadh’s Gamers8 festival gets bigger, better and bolder

Riyadh’s Gamers8 festival gets bigger, better and bolder
  • Second event has a $30m prize pool this summer

RIYADH: The world’s largest esports and gaming festival comes to Riyadh this summer for the second time, with a world-record prize pool of $30 million.

Kicking off on July 6 under the title “Gamers8: The Land of Heroes,” the eight-week event will feature an array of esports competition, live music by renowned artists, shows, community gaming and education platforms, and secondary activities.

Taking place at the purpose-built venue in Riyadh Boulevard City, the event is looking to become the target destination this summer for gamers and entertainment seekers alike, according to chairman of the Saudi Esports Federation Prince Faisal bin Bandar.

Prince Faisal said: “The Land of Heroes is the place for world-class esports champions and gaming universe lovers. It is the ultimate occasion where you can compete for glory and become a hero walking among the worlds of your chosen story.

“Showcasing the most popular titles on the planet will be amplified even further this summer. To be frank, when we mean bigger and better this summer, we truly mean it. We cannot wait to reveal what we have in store for ‘Gamers8: The Land of Heroes.’”

Following the success of last year’s inaugural festival, which saw 1.4 million visits, the second edition doubles the grand prize pool of $15 million.

In 2022, gaming leagues from across the globe battled in top five titles, including Rocket League, Fortnite, Dota 2 Riyadh Masters, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, and PUBG Mobile.

It witnessed the participation of 391 top players from 61 countries and 113 international teams.

While the 2023 entertainment calendar has yet to be released, it promises bigger and better elite competitions, unlocking new challenges and experiences every week.

Paralleling last year’s agenda, Gamers8 will conclude with the Next World Forum, the first-of-its-kind esports and gaming platform. This will bring together industry leaders, global players, and investors from all over the world to engage in a sequence of panel discussions, workshops and activations. The forum hones in on the future of the industry.

Gamers8 is an initiative established under the Saudi Esports Federation that seeks to build an infrastructure around the gaming industry, create communities and ecosystems around esport, provide viable jobs for local creatives, and position the Kingdom as a global esports hub.

With more than 23.5 million Saudis considering themselves gamers, the esports festival hopes to create an avenue where people not only enjoy the games, but also forge a career path through their passion, Prince Faisal told Arab News in an exclusive interview last year.


Bulgaria pledge support to Saudi Expo 2030 bid, empathising the importance of bilateral relations

Bulgaria pledge support to Saudi Expo 2030 bid, empathising the importance of bilateral relations
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Bulgaria pledge support to Saudi Expo 2030 bid, empathising the importance of bilateral relations

Bulgaria pledge support to Saudi Expo 2030 bid, empathising the importance of bilateral relations

RIYADH: Riyadh’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo received new international support on Wednesday, as the Bulgarian cabinet decided to support the Kingdom’s candidacy, praising the historical relations between the two sides and the common ties that unite them.

Bulgaria takes into account the existing relations with Saudi Arabia and perceives the latter as a strategic partner in the Middle East. Bulgaria’s support and future participation in the 2030 World Expo are expected to promote further cultural and economic ties and boost bilateral relations in all areas of mutual interest.

The dynamic development of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the wide application of new technologies, together with the preservation of traditions and the country’s commitment to combating climate change are among the advantages of Saudi candidacy. Support for Riyadh for hosting Expo 2030 is expected to make a significant contribution to trade and economic relations, increasing bilateral trade and investment between the two countries.

The Saudi capital, Riyadh, is competing with three other Cities. The Bureau International des Expositions - based in the French capital Paris nominated cities in four countries to host the important event, which includes, in addition to Saudi Arabia (Riyadh), South Korea (Busan), Italy (Rome), and Ukraine (Odessa).

Held since 1851, World Expos are the world’s largest platform to showcase the latest achievements and technologies and celebrate the cultural values that unite humanity.

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Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister discusses strengthening relations with Iraq 

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister discusses strengthening relations with Iraq 
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Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister discusses strengthening relations with Iraq 

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister discusses strengthening relations with Iraq 
  • Al-Saud highlighted the depth of relations with Iraq

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud, affirmed on Thursday that economic relations with Iraq were developing significantly. 

Al-Saud made the statement during a press conference held in Iraq with the country’s Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein. 

Hussein said ‘security cooperation continues with Saudi Arabia’ and added they were ‘working to reduce tensions in the region.’ 

Al-Saud also highlighted the depth of relations with Iraq, which he stated had ‘witnessed great momentum recently.’ 

“We support the Iraqi government’s effort to enhance stability,” he said. 

Al-Saud added that stability was crucial in order for opportunities for prosperity to rise.

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KSRelief delivers relief aid to Pakistan, Yemen, Niger, Afghanistan and Jordan

KSRelief delivers relief aid to Pakistan, Yemen, Niger, Afghanistan and Jordan
Updated 02 February 2023

KSRelief delivers relief aid to Pakistan, Yemen, Niger, Afghanistan and Jordan

KSRelief delivers relief aid to Pakistan, Yemen, Niger, Afghanistan and Jordan
  • A shipment delivered by KSRelief containing 500 food packages benefited 500 families in Niger
  • Syrian refugee children in eight Jordanian governorates received school bags

DUBAI: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed 350 food packages to those affected by the floods in Pakistan’s Sindh province. 

The relief center’s delivery benefited 2,450 individuals on Tuesday, state agency SPA reported. 

It also distributed 42 tons and 372 kilograms of food items in Yemen’s Marib, benefiting 132 families and 924 individuals in the area. 

Similarly, a shipment delivered by KSRelief containing 500 food packages benefited 500 families in Niger, while 400 food packages were sent to Afghanistan, benefiting 2,400 individuals in-need. 

Meanwhile, Syrian refugee children in eight Jordanian governorates received school bags from KSRelief in cooperation with the Jordan Hashemite Charity. 

The aim was to provide 29,881 male and female students with basic educational supplies.