Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, on Saturday took to Twitter to praise the participants of the Arab Reading Challenge
“We celebrate more than 13 million students in the Arab Reading Challenge, the largest Arab knowledge initiative. We are stronger with Arab youth who believe in the power of words,” tweeted Sheikh Mohammed.
Under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed, the Arab Reading Champion 2019 will be declared on Wednesday (Nov.13) in a grand ceremony at the Dubai Opera.
The 4th edition of the challenge has attracted 13.5 million students from 49 countries, a fourfold rise from the first edition, which saw 3.5 million students from 15 countries in 2016.
Recently, Sheikh Mohammed has gifted signed copies of his latest book "My Story" to the Arab Reading Challenge semi-finalists as they continue to compete for the grand prize.
"In my stories, I hope you find what contributes to the future of your beautiful countries," wrote Sheikh Mohammed on a personal note addressing each of 16 contestants who received their surprise in the second episode of the Arab Reading Challenge TV show.
The book records Sheikh Mohammed’s journey of 50 years in public service through a collection of 50 personal anecdotes and stories and presents historical milestones that helped shape the growth of the UAE and Dubai.
Moroccan Mariam Amjoun was crowned the Arab Reading Champion last year, while Al Ekhlas School from Kuwait won the "best school" award, ahead of 52,000 schools. Out of 86,000 supervisors, Aisha Al Tuwairki from Saudi Arabia won the "outstanding supervisor" award.
In 2017, Palestinian Afaf Al Sharif, won the second edition of the Arab Reading Challenge. Al Iman School from Bahrain won the "best school" award, while Houriya Al Thil from Morocco won the "outstanding supervisor" award.
Algerian student, Abdullah Farah, was the first Arab Reading Champion in 2016, and Tala'a Al Amal School from Palestine won the "best school" award.
Sheikh Mohammed launched the Arab Reading Challenge in 2015 to encourage school students across the Arab world to read and critique 50 books in one academic year.
Anwar took home Dhs500,000 after outperforming four finalists with her ability to communicate accurately and creatively in Arabic.
Sheikh Mohammed dedicated signed copies of his latest book 'My Story' to the Arab Reading Challenge (ARC) semi-finalists.
The event, organised by the UAE Space Agency, is the largest gathering of global space industry leaders in the Middle East and North Africa.
But the government's chief scientific adviser cautioned that Britain was at a "fragile" point in its fight against the virus, with some 2,000 new infections still being reported each day - more than two months after the country went into lockdown.
'Corona is like your wife. Initially, you tried to control it… then you realise that you can't. Then you learn to live with it," Mahfud said.
The pair had only minor injuries suffered during falls as they desperately searched for water, with Reynolds twisting his ankle and O'Connor wrenching her back.