Saudi students shine in international science contest

The Saudi team secured 3 international awards at the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) which took place in Thailand. (Supplied)
The Saudi team secured 3 international awards at the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) which took place in Thailand. (Supplied)
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Updated 10 December 2023
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Saudi students shine in international science contest

The Saudi team secured 3 international awards at the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) which took place in Thailand.
  • “The organization aims to push them toward success in inspiring scientific and technological paths, prioritizing national interests”

JEDDAH: Saudi students competing against contestants from 55 countries scooped three awards at the 2023 International Junior Science Olympiad.

The competitions, held in Thailand’s capital Bangkok, took place from Dec. 1 to 10.

Representing Saudi Arabia were the King Abdulaziz and his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba), and the Ministry of Education.

Hussein Habib Al-Saleh clinched a silver medal, while Suha Suleiman Al-Salama and Reda Emad Al-Khalaf were both awarded a bronze, adding to the Saudi science team’s medal tally total of 30 – one gold, six silver, and 23 bronze.

In a post on X, Mawhiba said: “The Saudi team secured three international awards at the International Junior Science Olympiad #IJSO2023, which took place in Thailand and attracted 304 students, representing 55 countries. Congratulations to our Kingdom, our students, and our strategic partner @moe_gov_sa.”

Each member of the Kingdom’s team underwent intensive training at Mawhiba, conducted by a group of expert Saudi and foreign trainers.

Praising the students’ efforts, Amal Al-Hazzaa, Mawhiba’s secretary-general, thanked the ministry, the families of the students, and their schools and teachers for their support.

She said: “Mawhiba strives in all its initiatives to inspire and motivate talented Saudi students with exceptional minds and abilities, enabling them to compete globally in scientific, technological, and applied fields.

“The organization aims to push them toward success in inspiring scientific and technological paths, prioritizing national interests.”

 

 


Jewellery Salon showcases timeless treasures in Jeddah

Jewellery Salon is now in Jeddah, featuring striking ornaments from more than 30 brands under one roof.
Jewellery Salon is now in Jeddah, featuring striking ornaments from more than 30 brands under one roof.
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Jewellery Salon showcases timeless treasures in Jeddah

Jewellery Salon is now in Jeddah, featuring striking ornaments from more than 30 brands under one roof.
  • “The people of Jeddah truly value exquisite jewelry, and this year there is a noticeable emphasis on uniqueness and healthy competition among jewelers”: Al-Sunaidi

JEDDAH: After its successful run in Riyadh, Jewellery Salon is now in Jeddah, featuring striking ornaments from more than 30 international and local jewelry brands under one roof.

Many of the jewelers revealed their newest collections at the event.

Haya Al-Sunaidi, managing director of Sunaidi Expo in Saudi Arabia and the force behind Jewellery Salon, said: “The people of Jeddah truly value exquisite jewelry, and this year there is a noticeable emphasis on uniqueness and healthy competition among jewelers. They are presenting breathtaking pieces at highly competitive prices.”

Al-Sunaidi said that the exhibition aimed to highlight the jewelry industry, both locally and internationally, throughout the Kingdom, in support of Vision 2030. “Women (in Saudi Arabia) have a profound love for jewelry,” she said. “We aim to showcase the finest jewelry from around the world to the ladies in Saudi Arabia. We bring them the epitome of luxury and fine jewelry. Post the Vision, companies in this industry find it easier to access Saudi Arabia and establish a presence.”

Haya Al-Sunaidi, managing director of Sunaidi Expo in Saudi Arabia. (AN photo)

The Jewellery Salon was staged in Riyadh from Feb. 20 to 23.

Ferial Martinos, the show manager, said: “We had never experienced such elegant shows in Saudi Arabia before, but with time and evolution, we have reached where we are today. The last show before the pandemic was in 2019, and then in 2021 we hosted it again in collaboration with some companies … behind this remarkable show, there is an amazing team.

“This exhibition is for those who have a passion for jewelry, and the visitors not only purchase jewelry to wear but also view it as an investment,” Martinos said.

Kartavya Jain, owner of KK Jewels, is participating for the second time in the Jewellery Salon, emphasizing the strong connection to Saudi Arabia and the specialty in diamonds, solitaires, bridal jewelry and natural-colored gemstones such as emeralds, sapphires and rubies.

“Our designs, appreciated by clients in India, resonate well with our Saudi clientele due to their cultural relevance,” Jain said.

KK Jewels, a family business since 1951, was known for artistry, innovative designs and commitment to maintaining its legacy across generations, Jain said, and their collections blend traditional and modern styles, offering superior quality, pricing and service.

Moussaieff Jewellers unveiled a collection where each piece showcased craftsmanship and timeless beauty, Leslie Kegg, their marketing executive, said. “Our booth provides visitors with unmatched sophistication and artistry, guaranteeing they find the most exquisite designs and styles.”

Chiara, from the marketing department of Ferri Firenze, said: “Each collection draws inspiration from the beauty of nature, particularly from the garden of our villa, where we reimagine natural shapes into stunning pieces. With a commitment to launching new collections at least three times a year, we ensure that our designs remain fresh and dynamic, embodying the essence of Italian elegance.”

Chiara said: “Our Saudi customers are drawn to our unique pieces that stand out from the crowd, seeking distinctive shapes and a preference for diamonds. They particularly gravitate toward long pendants for Ramadan and chic chokers that exude sophistication.”

Ferri Firenze is set to draw visitors in Jeddah with their latest collections, Chiara said. The Ninfea and Elica collections, inspired by nature and architectural marvels, would be showcased at the exhibition, offering a fusion of Italian elegance and contemporary innovation. Visitors could expect a celebration of age-old traditions blended with modern allure, reflecting Italy’s rich artisanal heritage, Chiara said.

The exhibition also features a jewelry catwalk show that showcases the best pieces.

Hatoon Alkhaldi, marketing manager at Jewellery Salon, said: “This event is a dazzling showcase of creativity and elegance, bringing together the most exquisite designs from talented artisans. It is a must-visit event for all jewelry enthusiasts seeking beauty and inspiration.”

Jana, a visitor to the exhibition for the first time, said: “Every piece exuded a sense of timeless beauty and sophistication that resonated with my love for luxurious jewelry. The craftsmanship and attention to detail were simply breathtaking, making it a truly unforgettable experience.”

The show will be held at Hilton Hall until March 1, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.


Former MMA world champion fighter visits Makkah cultural district

Former MMA world champion fighter visits Makkah cultural district
Updated 28 February 2024
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Former MMA world champion fighter visits Makkah cultural district

Former MMA world champion fighter visits Makkah cultural district
  • Khabib Nurmagomedov toured the Revelation Gallery and noted the high quality of the exhibition
  • Nurmagomedov was the longest-reigning UFC lightweight champ, holding the title from April 2018 to March 2021

RIYADH: Russian former professional mixed martial arts fighter and undisputed UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov on Wednesday visited the Hira Cultural District in Makkah.

Situated next to the holy city’s Jabal Al-Nour landmark, the district covers around 67,000 square meters.

During his visit, Nurmagomedov — who was the longest-reigning UFC lightweight champ, holding the title from April 2018 to March 2021 — toured the Revelation Gallery and noted the high quality of the exhibition.

The cultural district houses other attractions such as the Museum of the Holy Qur’an, Saudi Coffee Museum, the Cultural Library, Hira Garden, Hira Cabins, the Cave of Hira, and shops, cafes, and restaurants.

The spacious Hira Garden contains rest places and the Hira Cabins mountain resort offers balcony views of Jabal Al-Nour, a private garden, and entertainment attic.

A paved road leads from the base of the mountain to the cave of Hira where the first Qur’anic verse was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.


SnowBlast KSA brings winter wonderland to Riyadh

SnowBlast KSA brings winter wonderland to Riyadh
Updated 28 February 2024
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SnowBlast KSA brings winter wonderland to Riyadh

SnowBlast KSA brings winter wonderland to Riyadh
  • 30 Olympic and world champions are competing in Kingdom’s first freestyle skiing championship

RIYADH: It is not every day that one can go skiing in Riyadh, and SnowBlast KSA has brought exactly that to the capital, alongside a championship that began on Wednesday as part of Riyadh Season.

Located near the Kingdom Arena zone, north of Riyadh, the area has been transformed into a winter wonderland with over 500 tonnes of snow. The venue features freestyle skiing slopes, family-friendly games, and a series of events accompanying the SnowBlast KSA Cup, the first skiing competition in the Kingdom.

The two-day championship, which concludes on Feb. 29, has brought together over 30 Olympic and world champions in freestyle skiing. This includes Olympic champion Su Yiming who secured two golds in the men’s snowboard slopestyle and Big Air contests at this year’s National Winter Games in China. The 20-year-old, who dominated the FIS World Cup in Beijing last December, is maintaining his momentum.

“I am really happy to be here in Saudi for the snowboarding competition and look forward to it,” Su told Arab News.

Tanner Hall, who has won several awards in freeskiing and 11 medals at the X Games, also spoke to Arab News about coming to Saudi Arabia. “It’s the first time that we come to this part of the world, and we are hoping to put on a show that you guys will like. It’s exciting to come here … and start expanding the horizon of the sport.”

Hall said female athletes will also be invited to compete in the future.

Activities for visitors include being able to participate in snowball fights, building snow people, and attending theater and light shows.


Princess Seetah award honors pioneers in social work

Princess Seetah award honors pioneers in social work
Updated 28 February 2024
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Princess Seetah award honors pioneers in social work

Princess Seetah award honors pioneers in social work
  • Minister announces eight winners of prestigious Saudi accolade in Riyadh

RIYADH: Eight community partnership leaders have received the 11th Princess Seetah bint Abdulaziz Award for Excellence in Social Work.

Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ahmed Al-Rajhi announced the winners of the prestigious Saudi accolade in Riyadh on Tuesday.

Established in 2012 by royal decree, the Princess Seetah bint Abdulaziz Foundation for Excellence in Social Work encourages and supports community upliftment programs.

The award aims to encourage competition among pioneers of social work, and to support excellence in social work both locally and internationally.

A total of 1,177 candidates applied for the 11th award. Among them, 95 advanced to the scientific evaluation stage, and 15 to the final judging stage. Following thorough screening and field visits for each candidate, the judging committee selected eight winners.

Al-Rajhi, chairman of the board of the foundation, praised the award, highlighting its societal value and pioneering role and alignment with the ministry’s objectives for community development, national initiatives and innovation.

A number of princes and individuals interested in social work attended the ceremony for the Princess Seetah bint Abdulaziz Excellence Award for Social Work in Riyadh. (Supplied)

Princess Nouf bint Abdullah bin Saud Al-Kabeer, chair of the foundation’s executive committee, said that the award was in line with the state’s direction in social work.

She stressed the award’s pivotal role in fostering and motivating creative work while adopting ideas, initiatives and projects for regional development in social, humanitarian and charitable work within the Kingdom.

Princess Nouf praised the award’s diverse partnerships with government, non-government and civil society organizations. These partnerships enhanced the award’s objectives, especially in empowering young individuals and improving their skills.

Dr. Fahad Al-Maghlouth, the foundation’s secretary-general, said that the common goal was to serve the nation and enhance citizens’ lives.

He said that the 11th award’s theme, “Community Partnerships in Meeting Humanitarian Needs,” reflected Saudi Arabia’s support for the social sector.

Al-Maghlouth also highlighted the award’s interest in human needs and its efforts to align with the state’s objectives, asserting that social responsibility was a collective obligation for all.

The excellence in national achievement award went to Mohammed bin Saleh Albuty, CEO of the National Housing Co., and Firas Aba Al-Khail, deputy general manager of business at the Human Resources Development Fund.

The excellence in Islamic endowment award went to Mansour bin Mohammed Al-Jumaih, deputy secretary-general of the Mohamed Abdullah Abdulaziz Al-Jomaih Endowments Foundation.

The excellence in social work programs award went to Nora Al-Rashid, deputy chairperson of the board of the Abdul Moneim Al-Rashid Humanitarian Foundation.

Prince Sultan bin Salman received the award in the category of excellence for social work pioneers.

The corporate social responsibility award went to Mohammed Al-Abbadi, CEO of the transport and operators unit at Saudi Telecommunication Co., and Abdulmalik Al-Rajhi, chairman of the board of Hail Cement Co.

Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Mushaikeh, a former member of the Saudi Shoura Council, received the environmental sustainability award.


Klaija Festival boosts local economy with $5.3m in sales

Klaija Festival boosts local economy with $5.3m in sales
Updated 28 February 2024
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Klaija Festival boosts local economy with $5.3m in sales

Klaija Festival boosts local economy with $5.3m in sales
  • The 20-day event, which ended on Feb. 27, was held at the King Khalid Cultural Center

RIYADH: The 15th Klaija Festival in Buraidah has recorded SR20 million ($5.3 million) in sales, marking a boost to the local economy.

The 20-day event, which ended on Feb. 27, was held at the King Khalid Cultural Center.

Over 20,000 people visited the festival each day which is held annually to boost local entrepreneurship, cuisine and handicrafts.

Organized by the Qassim Chamber of Commerce, the festival featured participants from Gulf countries, along with 217 families and 20 craftsmen specializing in handicrafts.

In response to the increased demand and attendance, Qassim Gov. Prince Faisal bin Mishaal had extended the festival by 10 days.

Nayef Al-Mansaleh, the executive director of the festival, said more than 700 young men and women from various organizations had supported the event.

The klaija dessert is one of the leading products of the region and has helped to create jobs for local producers. Klaija’s ingredients include wheat flour, sugar, lemon, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and molasses. The dough is stuffed with some of the ingredients and baked to a crisp.

Diplomats from Ghana, Finland, Algeria, Maldives, accompanied by their families, had attended the event in Buraidah earlier this month.