KSA wins Chemistry Olympiad

Olympiad winners pose for a group photo.

Olympiad winners pose for a group photo.

Saudi Arabia won first place in the Seventh Arab Chemistry Olympiad with Egypt bagging the second place and Lebanon third.

There was much praise for Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman and Education Minister Prince Khaled Al-Faisal for their support of the event and education in the country on Wednesday.

Nasser bin Abdullah Abdulkarim, director general of education in Madinah, congratulated Prince Khaled and Prince Faisal on the achievements of the Saudi delegation. He said this was the outcome of the government’s massive spending on education in the country.

The olympiad, organized by the ministry and hosted by the Madinah education department, saw the participation of more than 48 students from 12 Arab countries.

The closing ceremony was held at Al-Dar Al-Taqwa Hotel. The ceremony started with a recital from the Holy Qur’an followed by a speech by Abdullah Al-Majed, president of the Federation of Arab Chemists.

Those present included Abdul Hameed Masood, director of the department of student activities at the ministry and representatives from Saudi and Arab chemistry associations.

Abdulkarim said the Olympiad had been a labor of love for the organizers and was beneficial for the students involved. He also praised Al-Majed, Taiba University officials and the Saudi Chemistry Society for helping to make the event a success.

The head of the Sudanese delegation, Faisal Bushra Tahir, thanked the Kingdom for hosting the competition. He also praised Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and Crown Prince Salman for supporting education in the country.

During the closing ceremony, commemorative shields were presented to the various organizations. The Jordanian delegation gave shields to the Arab and Saudi chemistry societies. The Sudanese delegation and the Saudi Chemistry Society gave shields to Prince Khaled.

The results of the Olympiad were announced at the closing ceremony by Secretary-General of the Saudi Chemistry Society Daifallah Dheayyan. Reem bint Ali Abu Hassan, director of student activities at the ministry, announced the winners of the girls’ section.


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