RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture launches Thursday a three-day reading marathon and anti-desertification project, that will take place in three Arab cities.
Also known as Ithra, the center will host the event in cooperation with the Library of Alexandria and the Moroccan National Library. It will be held simultaneously in the Kingdom’s city of Dhahran, Alexandria in Egypt and Rabat in Morocco, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.
The center is promoting reading, especially in public libraries, and all three cities will ensure a tree is planted for every 100 pages read.
The aim is to have participants read 500,000 pages and plant 5,000 trees.
To plant the trees, the Ithra center is working with the National Center for Vegetation Development to Combat Desertification in Saudi Arabia, and authorities in Egypt and Morocco.
Each reader will receive a commemorative medal for participating.
Bronze medals will be awarded to those who read 100 pages, silver for 200 pages, and gold for 1,000 pages.
The first edition of the marathon was held inside the Ithra library, achieving 162,000 pages read and 1,622 trees planted. The second edition was also held in the Ithra library and two libraries in Riyadh and Tabuk, with 422,000 pages read and 4,222 trees planted.
The planting of seedlings took place in October in the Al-Ahsa National Park with the participation of several readers.