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After a fierce round, Arab Reading Challenge contestants of Mauritania, Lebanon and Jordan are eliminated, with the nine remaining semi-finalists preparing for a further competitive stage.
Umm Nasri Mamin of Mauritania, Lubna Nasser of Lebanon and Shaima Kawakzeh of Jordan left the competition after two decisive challenges set contestants apart.Mohammed personal note surprises 16 Arab Reading Challenge semi-finalists
The fifth episode of the Arab Reading Challenge TV Show saw the 12 contestants, divided into three groups of four, race to maintain their place on the competition. It also featured the Palestinian singer and Arab Idol winner Mohammed Assaf.
Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf interacts with the students.
The semi-finalists took part in two challenges that involved a visit to an elderly home in Sharjah to present their experience before the panel of judges in an engaging, informative and inspiring well-articulated talk.
After four contestants moved to the safe zone, the remaining semi-finalists joined another challenge that required each to present a symbol that strongly bonds them to their home countries. The second challenge led to the selection of the three eliminated contestants.
The next episode, to be aired on Friday at 9pm on MBC1, will see the elimination of two more semi-finalists as the remaining seven prepare for the final round of challenges. Five contestants will reach the finals in a grand ceremony that will announce the Arab Reading Champion 2019 at Dubai Opera.
Muna Al Kindi, secretary general of the Arab Reading Challenge, said all contestants are winners in the TV show that launched to highlight the importance and positive impact of reading on youth. “The main aim that drives the show is promoting the habit of reading and celebrating the 16 contestants from 14 countries who made it this far with their persistence and hard work. Therefore, no one walks away with loss in this competition.”
She added, “The show sets the semi-finalists as role models to youth across the Arab world, inspiring them to read and preserve their language.”
Mohammed Assaf shared his inspiring success story with contestants, highlighting how dedication, consistency and determination are key to achieving dreams. He emphasised the students’ life-changing experience at ARC that encourages life-long learning and unites millions of Arabs in a spirit of happiness and pride.
Although only one winner is to be crowned as the Arab Reading Champion, the experience has been an eyeopener to all the contestants, equipping them with numerous life skills.
Mauritanian Umm Nasri Mamin expressed her pride in meeting her goals that go beyond victory to encouraging knowledge and reading among her fellow compatriots. “The only way to develop an avid reader is through planting the passion for knowledge and education. I am proud that my participation in the challenge has inspired students in my country and fostered an interest in reading among them.”
She noted her pride in reinforcing the role of women as ambassadors of knowledge and contributors to preserving the Arab language through her participation in the challenge. “I want to tell youth across the Arab world that we are the solutions to all challenges facing our knowledge sector. I hope we all read to understand events around us and contribute to finding solutions to our challenges. I urge readers to do their part and spread the habit of reading among people around them to make a positive difference in society.”
Lebanese Lubna Nasser said representing her country ahead of millions of viewers and being part of promoting knowledge among young generation bring her enough pride.
“The challenge presented an exceptional opportunity to develop my self-learning and critical thinking skills and improve my linguistic abilities and communication,” added Nasser.
Meanwhile, Jordanian Shaima Kawakzeh said the joining the challenge “taught me that everyone who reads avidly and works on developing knowledge and future skills are heroes who will be capable and well-equipped to build a better future for countries.”
She noted that the challenge inspired contestants to continue reading and developing their linguistic skills. “I hope the show helps spark the passion knowledge and reading among the young generation and inspire critical thinking.”
His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah, and President of the University of Sharjah, UoS, on Monday inaugurated the 13th Annual Scientific Research Forum organised by the University under the theme, ‘Multidisciplinary Research to maximise Sustainable Impact” at Al Razi Hall in Medical and Health Sciences Colleges at University of Sharjah, UoS.
Dr. Rashad Salem, Vice Chancellor of Al Qasimia University, delivered a speech in which he thanked the Ruler of Sharjah on providing scholarships to students from various areas of the world to pursue their education in the the university.
His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and President of the University of Sharjah (UoS), affirmed that the students are the pillar and foundation of the University of Sharjah for whom the university exploits all its potential and energies to build them scientifically and behaviourally.
Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, received a delegation from the United States Consulate in Dubai led by Consul General Philip Frayne during their visit to explore areas of cooperation with the University. Prof. Kamal Youcef-Toumi, Mechanical Engineering Professor, Co-Director of Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy at MIT in the US, and Member of the University of Sharjah’s Board of Trustees, attended the meeting along with Prof. Elsiddig Ahmed ElMustafa El Sheikh, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Prof. Maamar Bettayeb, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies; Dr Salah Taher, Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs; and Prof. Abdul Sahib Mehdi, Acting Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Science.
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