by the Organization of King Abdul Aziz City for Sciences and Technology and Al Marari Company in the Spaciousness of Taibah University
His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, the Prince of Al Madinah Al Munawwarah Region today Sunday morning 2/7/1434 A.H. honored the male and female winners of Al Marari Award for Scientific Creativity in its twelfth years embraced by Taibah University in the presence of a number of researchers, academicians, and social personages.
The Distinctive Scientist Award in the field of water has been awarded to Dr. Hisham Taha Al Dousoky from Islamic Imam Muhammad Bin Saud University, and the in the second branch f the award for creative work in the two fields of “ Nano Technology” and “Desertification”, the award was granted in the field of “Nano Technology” for Dr. Omar Bin Marzouk Al Dousary and others from King Saud University for their research: “High-sensitivity Chemical Sensor Relying on Nanoparticles from a Chemical Compound of Lithium Oxides, Strontium , and Manganese”, while in the field of “ desertification”, the award has been granted to Ibrahim Bin Muhammad Aref and others from King Saud University for their research: “ Activity of Growth and Characteristics of the Local Acacia Tree in the Kingdom”
Dr. Afnan Bin Abdul Wahab Meshat and others from King Abdullah University for Sciences and Technology (KAUST) won the award of third branch: Scientific Researches for Women in the Field of Pharmacy for her research entitled: Permeability of Nano Carbon Pipes Coated by Polymer”.
In the fourth branch, the Research Unit Award in the field of Communications and Information Technology for the Research Unit in this field has been granted to the National-ECP Center for Electronics, Communications and Photonics in King Abdul Aziz University for Sciences and Technology.
The ceremony has started with verses of the Holy Qur’an, then His Excellency Dr. Muhammad Bin Ibrahim Al Suweil , the Head of King Abdul Aziz City for Sciences and Technology and the Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Award delivered a speech expressing His thanks to His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz for sponsoring the ceremony and for King Abdul Aziz City for Sciences and Technology for its efforts and congratulated the male and female winners for obtaining the award. During his speech, Al Suweil revealed the positive results indicators for the national plan of sciences, technology, and creativity whose implementation started in 1428 A.H. where the scientific publication ratio issued from the Kingdom lept in the diverse fields from 2% of international publication in 2000 A.D. to slightly more than 5% in 2011 %.Also , the patents number provided by researchers increased in the Kingdom from 3 patents in 1983 A.D. to more than 180 inventions in 2010 A.D., and the coefficient quotation from the researches issued from the Kingdom rose from 0.25 in 1994 A.D. to 0.05 in 2010 A.D.
Dr. Suweil added “ It is recently clear that the private sector in the Kingdom began to be more convinced of the importance of science and technology in general, research, and development in particular, not only to develop the efficiency of national products and services, but to make it more competitive and face the world markets challenges.
Then, His Excellency Prince Sultan Bin Muhammad Bin Saud Al Kabeer, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al Marai Company and the Deputy Chairman of Supreme Council of the Award delivered a speech, saying that today we meet in one of the goodness and bestowal events to celebrate honoring an elite of the scientists of this dear country on the occasion of their winning of Al Marai Award of Scientific Creativity for the twelfth year , and Al Marai Company prides that this award is the only award of its type provided by private sector and received and honorable approval by His Highness the King.Al Marai Award for Scientific Creativity by the National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment in the Council of Higher Education that it is the first local award leading to obtaining scientific excellence award if being awarded to the Saudi Faculty Members and the like in the Governmental Saudi Universities and awarded by the company in coordination with one of our deep-rooted scientific institutions which is King Abdul Aziz City for Sciences and Technology.
His Excellency added that with the advancement of contemporary life and its development, scientific creativity witnesses increasing importance in contribution in pushing the development march at the level of nations and people and daily highlights the necessity of the participation of all sectors in sustaining the research movement and encouraging scientific creativity flowing into the service of community and hence realizing comprehensive development. Hence, the idea of Al Marai Award for Scientific Creativity which Al Marai prides on awarding and sponsoring it, and that this award is only an extension of the company’s concern with science and scientists and in continuation of its role in serving the community as we are partners in the developmental march of these pure countries, and it is one of the blessed fruits of the care of our rightly guided leadership led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and His Crown Prince- May Allah Save Them- of the private sector and expanding its role in comprehensive development and in belief of the integration of roles between the governmental and national sectors for the sake of building a lofty country to remain a pride for every Saudi and Muslim Man over days.
His Excellency went on addressing the winners, saying your winning today is a new accomplishment not for you only, but for the whole country and for every citizen proud of his sons and daughters. You have researched and excelled, then you reached the goal and attained winning . Today, harvest and honoring time has come, so congratulation on your deserved winning and congratulation for the country, and our message for you is to continue as your efforts are an incentive for all scientists in all fields towards more studies, researches, and scientific creativity for the same of the country’s sons and supporting its future and we affirm for you in this regard we are looking for the continuity of this award and developing its fields in a way serving its goals in cooperation with King Abdul Aziz City for Sciences and Technology.
At the conclusion of his speech, His Excellency expressed thanks to His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz for sponsoring the ceremony and for King Abdul Aziz City for Sciences and Technology for their efforts in serving the award and for Taibah University for hosting this ceremony.
Then, Dr. Abdul Aziz Muhammad Al Suweilam, the Deputy Chairman of Al Madinah of Supporting Scientific Research and the General Secretary of the Award delivered a speech, saying in this day we reap the fruits and researchers harvest their effort and work as 12 years ago, Al Marai cooperated with King Abdul Aziz City for the service of science and country and over 12 years, the award grew to be a landmark honoring the achievements attained by the country’s sons and daughters according to accurate standards to select the distinct research and researcher. Here we are today honoring more of the distinguished sons of this country and supporting their accomplishments, and adding them to the march of this country. Thanks to the ceremony sponsor, thanks to Al Marai company, and thanks to this deep-rooted scientific platform which is Taibah University.
Afterwards, the attendees watched a visual presentation on the award through which the researches details have been reviewed accurately and the attendees were informed of the benefit size of each of them and its used fields.At the conclusion of the ceremony, His Royal Highness Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, the Prince of Al Madinah Al Munawwarah handed over the awards to the male and female winners before receiving a souvenir shield by His Excellency Sultan Bin Muhammad Saud Al Kabeer, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al Marai Company and the Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council of the award who handed over a souvenir shield to His Excellency the Rector of Taibah University Dr. Adnan Bin Abdullah Al Mazrooa in appreciation of hosting this ceremony by the University.