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“Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020” HAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED

Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020 was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina in a virtual inauguration declaration ceremony on Monday 27th July, 2020. The Inauguration program was attended by His Excellency Yousef bin Ahmad Al- Othaimeen, Secretary General, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC); His Excellency Mr. Azad Rahimov, Hon’ble Minister of Youth and Sports of Republic of Azerbaijan; H.E. Dawda A. Jallow, Justice Minister and Attorney General of the Gambia , His Excellency Mr. Taha Ayhan, President, Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF), Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen MP, Honorable Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Md. Zahid Ahsan Russel MP, Honorable State Minister for Youth and Sports of Bangladesh along with other global leaders and dignitaries.

The event was inaugurated at the National Sports Council.  Dr. Momen, Honorable Foreign Minister, Mr. Md. Zahid Ahsan Russel, MP, Hon’ble State Minister of the Ministry of Youth & Sports and high officials from both the Ministry attended the event in person in the venue maintaining proper health standards and social distancing. The other Ministers and Dignitaries which includes Ambassadors of Foreign Missions in Bangladesh, Ambassadors of Bangladesh from some countries, Secretaries from Different Ministries, eminent personalities and Journalists from home and abroad have joined virtually in the inauguration ceremony. More than 200 participants from 75 (seventy five) countries who have been shortlisted for “ Resilient Youth Leadership Summit” also joined this virtual inauguration program.

Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh in her statement highlighted on the strength and vitality of Youth and recalled the achievement and sacrifices of the father of the Nation Bangabandhu during his youth. She also highlighted on the plight of the persecuted Rohingya Community and asked the global community to build global consensus for their sustainable, safe and dignified repatriation. Hon’ble Prime Minister has stressed that in all the visions and plan, Bangladesh Government has put utmost importance on the youth. With the power of the youth, Bangladesh has already materialized the Vision-2021 to transform it into a “Digital Bangladesh” and the decision of organizing the whole “Dhaka, OIC Youth Capital 2020” program is a testament to the technologically empowered advanced Bangladesh

Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen, MP said, “We were expected to launch the event sequence in April 2020. But the COVID-19 pushed us back. Now – we have remodeled and relaunched ourselves on the web-platform. Additionally, we have reasons to believe that the occurrence of the COVID-19 has only accentuated the underlying rationale for the theme of this year’s edition ‘Resilience for Parity and Prosperity’. Hon’ble Foreign Minister has mentioned about the “Resilient Youth Leadership Summit” where Youth across the globe will visit the Rohingya Camp in Cox’s bazar virtually and sensitize them with the plights of these persecuted people and discuss with humanitarian experts to concoct how the accountability and justice can be ensured for them.

H.E. Dawda A. Jallow, Justice Minister and Attorney General of the Gambia highlighted his country’s principled positions on the Rohingya crisis and the principles of international law and international genocide and other humanitarian laws. He noted that the ICJ ordered provisional measures against Myanmar for stopping the onslaught of the genocide. He noted that the Rohingyas have a birthright to their homeland in the Northern Rakhine and their mandate for citizenship and legal rights remain a common commitment for the international community.

Mr. Md. Zahid Ahsan Russel, MP gave a brief on the history and background of the selection procedure of Dhaka as the OIC Youth Capital. He emphasized on the indomitable spirit and vigour of the of the youth of Bangladesh and world as well. He further mentioned about the achievement of youth in different sector of Bangladesh and welcomed everyone for joining this august event.  The Hon’ble State Minister mentioned that he inauguration declaration programme will be followed by a virtual youth summit titled “Resilient Youth Leadership Summit” on 27th and 28th July 2020, where 250 shortlisted youths out of more than 1200 applications from 75 countries will meet expert panelists in various day long activities to learn and craft the strategies to build a Resilient World, particularly, in the context of this COVID-19 pandemic situation.

Mr. Ayhan started his speech by thanking Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Honorable Prime Minister, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh for welcoming this year’s OIC Youth Capital Program in the magnificent city of Dhaka, a city of youth. He continued by emphasizing that “Bangladesh has become one of Asia’s most remarkable success stories in recent years, is moving quickly to a high-value, knowledge-intensive society, beyond apparel manufacturing, and will be the 26th largest economy in the world, by 2030″.   “With its asset of two-third of its population is under 25, quick learners, adaptive to technologies, and ready to engage in their communities, Bangladesh will certainly keep moving to highest levels of sustainable development” Mr. Ayhan added.

Secretary General of the  Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC),Hon’ble Minister of Youth and Sports of Republic of Azerbaijan and  Hon’ble President of Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) in their statement praised Bangladesh for their outstanding preparation and called upon the youths of the OIC member states to build stronger fraternity among them. 

A series of events will be organized at the OIC Youth Capital Dhaka 2020 including OIC Scout Leaders E-Meet: People for better planet, Bangabandhu Youth Leadership Award, Holy Quran Recitation Competition, Film Festival: Lockdown by the Lence, OIC Knowledge Master: Quiz competition, Art Exhibition: Creativity to create better world, Debate Competition: Topics on new Free world, Youth Bootcamp – Leadership, Youth development, Entrepreneurship, Skill & Employment Camp etc. Dates of these events will be confirmed later.

Dhaka-OIC Youth Capital 2020 to Begin Monday

Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020 will be inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina in a virtual inauguration declaration ceremony on Monday 27th July, 2020. The Inauguration program will be virtually attended by His Excellency Yousef bin Ahmad Al- Othaimeen, Secretary General, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC); His Excellency Mr. Azad Rahimov, Hon’ble Minister of Youth and Sports of Republic of Azerbaijan; His Excellency Mr. Taha Ayhan, President, Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) and along with other global leaders and dignitaries.

A press conference was held at the National Sports Council (NSC) Auditorium on Saturday, 25th of July on the eve of the occasion. Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen, MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government Republic of Bangladesh, Mr. Md. Zahid Ahsan Russel, MP, Hon’ble State Minister of the Ministry of Youth & Sports, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and Mr. Md. Akhter Hossain, Honorable Secretary of the Ministry of Youth & Sports were present at the conference. Honorable President of Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF), Mr. Taha Ayhan also joined the programme through virtual medium. Journalists from home and abroad participated in that press conference both in person and through virtual medium.

Mr. Md. Zahid Ahsan Russel, MP gave a brief on the history and background of OIC Youth Capital saying, “OIC Youth Capital, initiated by Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) is the yearly gathering of the youth of the Muslim world that constitutes one third of 1.5 billion Muslims of OIC region. The capital is aimed to bring the youth together through certain activities, conferences, conventions, festivals and other special events. The goals of the initiative are to foster inter-cultural and inter-civilizational diversity and to unite the Muslim youth of the members of OIC countries under one platform to share among themselves and to turn up the Voice of Youth.”

Hon’ble State Minister for Youth and Sports further emphasized on the power and strength of the youth of Bangladesh with which Bangladesh has already materialized the Vision-2021 and the decision of organizing the whole “Dhaka, OIC Youth Capital 2020” program was a testament to the technologically empowered and advanced Bangladesh. He also stated that the significance of “ Dhaka, OIC Youth Capital 2020” had amplified to a great extent due to its convergence with the birth centenary celebration of Bangabandhu and “ Bangabandhu Global Youth Award” will be awarded to enlighten the global youth about the exemplary leadership of Bangabandhu. 

The inauguration declaration programme will be followed by a virtual youth summit titled “Resilient Youth Leadership Summit” on 27th and 28th July 2020, where 250  shortlisted youths out of more than 1200 applications from 75 countries will meet expert panelists in various day long activities to learn and craft the strategies to build a Resilient World, particularly, in the context of this COVID-19 pandemic situation. Youth across the globe will visit the Rohingya Camp in Cox’s bazar virtually and sensitize them with the plights of these persecuted people and discuss with humanitarian experts to concoct how the accountability and justice can be ensured for them. The Rohingya Camp visit will jointly be coordinated by Government of Bangladesh, ICYF, UNHCR, IOM and University of Cambridge.

During the press conference, Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen, MP said, “We were expected to launch the event sequence in April 2020. But the COVID-19 pushed us back. Now – we have remodeled and relaunched ourselves on the web-platform. Additionally, we have reasons to believe that the occurrence of the COVID-19 has only accentuated the underlying rationale for the theme of this year’s edition ‘Resilience for Parity and Prosperity’.

Hon’ble Foreign Minister also highlighted the proposed “ OIC COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund” to cushion against the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and to support Bangladesh migrant workers living in OIC member states during this crisis.  

Hon’ble President of Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF), H.E. Taha Ayhan in his statement remarked that Bangladesh was the first OIC Member State  that initiated and organized first ever Youth CFM as side event to 45th CFM in 2018. He further stated about the previous “ OIC Youth Capital” events and expressed utmost satisfaction about the overall preparation of Bangladesh for launching the year long events on virtual platforms.

Explaining the importance of the programme in context of COVID-19 pandemic, the Hon’ble State Minister of the Ministry of Youth and Sports also stated, “This programme is particularly important in the COVID-19 and post-COVID recovery and reconstruction of an equitable global economic order. It emphasizes on the leadership, vision, ideation and imagination of the youth for constructing an innovative, resilient, and inclusive narrative to ensure a leadership position in the affairs of the world. Dhaka-OIC Youth Capital 2020 believes that each new life comes with a potential and a promise.”

A series of events will be organized at the OIC Youth Capital Dhaka 2020 including OIC Scout Leaders E-Meet: People for better planet, Bangabandhu Youth Leadership Award, Holy Quran Recitation Competition, Film Festival: Lockdown by the Lence, OIC Knowledge Master: Quiz competition, Art Exhibition: Creativity to create better world, Debate Competition: Topics on new Free world, Youth Bootcamp – Leadership, Youth development, Entrepreneurship, Skill & Employment Camp etc. Dates of these events will be confirmed later.

Key Handover for OIC Dhaka Youth Capital

Key handover ceremony was held with the participation of H.E. Salah bin Ghanem Al-Ali, Minister of Culture and Sports of Qatar, H.E. Zahid Ahsan Russel, Minister of Youth and Sports of Bangladesh, and H.E. Taha Ayhan, President of ICYF, at the closing ceremony of the Doha – OIC Youth Capital. The Key to Doha – OIC Youth Capital was presented to Mr. Zahid Ahsan Russel for the newly selected OIC Youth Capital – Dhaka 2020.

Tree Planting event was held in Doha, OIC Youth Capital 2019

“The Planting Trees” event was organized as a part of the Doha OIC Youth Capital 2019 by The Ministry of Culture and Sports of Qatar, in cooperation with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment of Qatar and ICYF on Saturday with the participation of H.E. Mr Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali, Minister of Culture and Sports, H.E. Mr Abdulla bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie, Minister of Municipality and Environment, Mr. Rasul Omarov, Director General of ICYF, ambassadors representing OIC Countries, and students from OIC member states studying in Qatar.

During the event 56 trees dedicated to each member of the OIC states have been planted by the young participants from OIC countries. The event was intended to commemorate Doha’s hosting of the activities of Doha OIC Youth Capital 2019, to emphasize the value of planting in the Islamic religion, and to achieve institutional partnerships between ministries. After a year of hosting diverse events to inspire Muslim youth from countries around the world, the closing ceremony of the Doha OIC Youth Capital 2019 will be held on Thursday, 16 January with the attendance of representatives from the OIC Member States.

The Ministry of Culture and Sports announces the winners of Doha Youth Innovation Award (Photography Category)

The Ministry of Culture and Sports has announced the winners of ‘Doha Youth Innovation Award’ , which is open to all young people from the Islamic world in the field of photography.

The award was launched last summer, in cooperation with Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum in collaboration with the Visual Arts Center, Doha Film Institute and the Youth Hobbies Center and the organization of the Qatar Cultural and Heritage Events Center.

The winners of the photography competition, (Islamic Values category), are Sultan Ahmed Nilwi from Bangladesh in first place, followed by Jihad Muhammad Idriss from Yemen, Nada Mohammed Wadi from Jordan; Ghazi Muhammad Jahirul Islam from Bangladesh; Rabi Adamu Sufi from Nigeria, and Muhammad Ali Shida from Afghanistan.

In the ‘Youth and Success Stories’ category, the first winner is Muhammad Nazmul Khan from Bangladesh , then Youssef Loulaidi from Morocco, followed by Ali bin Hamad Al Ghaferi from Oman and Mukti Ali Asyadzili from Indonesia.

On the topic of “Our Islamic Heritage”, Ahmed Asif Sami from Bangladesh won the first place, then Muhammad Raziqiya from Algeria, Porco Emctar from Turkey, and Anas Muhammad Al theeb from the Sultanate of Oman respectively.

Abdulaziz Al Kubaisi, head of the photography section at the Youth Hobbies Center, said in a statement that the arbitration process in the photography category went through several stages, including the administrative screening, which was assumed by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, and the second step was technical screening  and carried out by the Youth Hobbies Center, then the final arbitration which continued for a week and includes more than one step .

The jury members committee consisted of members belonging to the Youth Hobbies Center and others who have a long experience in this regard  and  winners of local and international awards, Al Kubaisi pointed out, adding that the Youth Hobbies Center was the one which drafted the technical conditions for the photography competition and presented it to the Ministry.

Regarding the level of participation  in the award, the president of the jury expected to be better, but in general it was average if it was taken into account that those who applied for the award ranged between beginners and professionals, pointing out at the same time that in order to reach Professional photo, the participant should posses an expensive  materials in the photography which is not available to everyone, in addition to being familiar with the basics and have an artistic taste in taking pictures.

Al Kubaisi expressed his hope that this competition to be annually adopted by the Ministry of Culture and Sports in order to highlight local and Arab talents and develop them.

The Award, which is part of Doha QIC Youth Capital 2019,  aims at developing the spirit  of innovation and creativity among young people in various scientific, literary and artistic fields and moving away from stalemate and calcification in thinking and planning, providing an appropriate environment for creative youth to highlight innovative  efforts.

Distinguished participants in the Doha Youth Camp for Voluntary and Humanitarian Work

Distinguished Youth from the Muslim world praise what they have learned in Qatar

Thanks to the Ministry of Culture and Sports for providing such opportunity

DOHA: The Ministry of Culture and Sports has selected the distinguished participants in the ‘Doha Youth Camp for Voluntary and Humanitarian Work’ activity.

The event was held on October 27 and continued till November 6 with a wide participation of youth from 53 countries, under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.

The Camp organised in collaboration with Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum as part of the ‘Doha – OIC Youth Capital 2019’ activities under the motto ‘The Youth is the Power of Nation.’

The six youth who were chosen among them three men and three women.

The names of the distinguished youth are Muhammad Al Barbari from Palestine; Yusuf Diallo from Senegal; Moussa Sawaneh from Gambia; Hanan Abdul Wahid Abdul Rahman from Qatar; Eslem Gunaydin from Turkey; and Najia Muhammad Al Shandudi from Oman.

The distinguished participants will be honored in a big ceremony organized by the Ministry of Culture and Sports next January as part of the ‘Doha – OIC Youth Capital 2019’ activities, aimed at developing the capacities of Muslim youth in the field of relief and disaster management.

The youth who were selected expressed their happiness to participate in the Camp and confirmed their great benefit from it.

“Our participation in the camp came out of our belief in our active role in moving our communities and adopting our local issues, especially with the growing global challenges linked in the humanitarian scene around the Islamic world, which increase in the number of humanitarian needs such as climate change, wars and crises,” said Hanan Abdul Wahid Abdul Rahman.

For her part, Al Shandudi said that ‘Doha Youth Camp for Voluntary and Humanitarian Work’ activity was launched from a basic idea, which is the value of man in societies, and the importance of the role of youth in the fields of giving, and altruism.

We should highlight the importance of the role that young people play towards their society, which promotes the motto ‘The Youth is the Power of Nation.’, she added.

Al Shandudi pointed out that during the 10-day training period in the camp, several seminars, training courses and workshops were held on international law, codes of conduct for humanitarian response and other effective activities.

The Camp provided us with the opportunity as young participants to acquire a set of experiences in the field of volunteerism and humanitarian work. We express our sincere thanks to the Ministry of Culture and Sports and to all partners who have contributed to the success of this event.

Eslem Gunaydin commented that “I spent 11 days in Qatar through my participation in the “‘Doha Youth Camp for Voluntary and Humanitarian Work ” activity under the slogan ‘The Youth is the Power of Nation.’. I learned a lot about relief, disaster management, volunteering and humanitarian work from lectures and practical events, What I learned influenced me a lot, especially the part of the simulation of living refugee life in the camp.

Sawaneh from Gambia said that: “It is an honor to be among these distinguished youth and to present my point of view to the world by participating in the Doha camp. Thanks to those who believed in us and chose us among more than 7000 young men and women who came to participate in the camp.

“Thanks to the Ministry of Culture and Sports for allowing me participate in the most important experiences I have ever experienced in my life and the most exciting and scientific and practical experiences, I have learned and applied part of what I have learned and exchanged experiences with others from different countries of the world,” said Yusuf Diallo from Senegal.

I learned that change starts from the same person affecting those around him, I have seen young people who truly believe in their ability to change for the better, he added.

“I am very happy that we have an Islamic country like Qatar where there are those who care about the youth of the nation and work to hone their talents through projects and camps that contain practical and scientific aspects resulting in qualified young people, Diallo said.

Muhammad Al Barbari said that: “I never expected that I would visit 57 Islamic countries from around the world in just 11 days. My trip to these countries was not by plane, but through ‘Doha Youth Camp for Voluntary and Humanitarian Work, which aims to combine Islamic values ​​with the spirit of teamwork.

Al Barbari explained that everyone who participated in the Camp served as an ambassador to his country and worked together to provide the best we have to help the suffering people in the Islamic world, especially the areas suffering from conflicts. We have benefited from the visit of multiple institutions, which added to us a lot, and therefore we have to extend deep thanks to all those who contributed to the success of this Camp.

Winners of the Doha Youth Innovation Award activity (Visual Arts Category)

Winners of the first Category (Contemporary Arts)

  1. Herru Yoga Pratama (Indonesia)
  2. Maha Ibrahiem Sabry (Egypt) 
  3. Aleezah Qayyum (Pakistan) 
  4. Lyamine Mekadem (Algeria)
  5. Mai Gamal Abouelnaga (Egypt)

Winners of the second category (Realistic Arts)

  1. Abdulrahman Akram Shweiki (Jordan)
  2. Asra Batool (Pakistan)
  3. Esraa Ezeldeen Hamed (Egypt)
  4. Aliyu Ahmed Abubakar (Nigeria) 
  5. Ahmed Thabit Al-Shalali (Yamen) 

Winners of the third category Arabic Handwriting (The literary Painting) 

  1. Shihab Hamed Al-Baimani (Oman)
  2. Reham Hesham Sorour (Egypt)
  3. Mohammad Twasin Arafat (Bangladesh) 

Winners of the fourth category (Classical Handwriting) 

  1. Salim Hamidi (Morocco) 
  2. Ahmad Abdul hadi bin Shamsul (Malaysia) 
  3. Fozia Ismail (Pakistan)

The activity of the ‘Doha Youth Camp for Voluntary and Humanitarian Work’ is set to begin on October 27

The activity of the ‘Doha Youth Camp for Voluntary and Humanitarian Work’ is set to begin on October 27

DOHA: Organized by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the activity of ‘Doha Youth Camp for Voluntary and Humanitarian Work’ will start on October 27 to November 6 (2019) aiming at developing the capacities of Muslim youth in the fields of relief and disaster management.

The activity is an opportunity for Muslim youth to exchange experiences in the field of volunteerism and humanitarian work with an aim to develop their capacity in the fields of relief and disaster management.

The event is being organized in collaboration with Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum as part of the ‘Doha – OIC Youth Capital 2019’ activities and under the motto ‘The Youth is the Power of Nation’.

It will continue until November 6, 2019, under the supervision of the Qatar Cultural and Heritage Events Center, and in collaboration with Qatar Charity.

The registration for the Camp was closed on September 28 after being available for registration since July 20, 2019 while the number of registrants for the camp stands at 7, 200.

The Camp is based on a process of simulation and realistic coexistence of the situation of refugees and those affected by natural disasters and wars, so that housing throughout the camp will be in tents similar to a refugee camp. The youth will work to establish values such as giving and altruism because communities are based on cooperation between them whatever their status is.

Dr. Issa Al Hor, Chairman of the Technical Committee for the events of the ‘Doha – OIC Youth Capital 2019’ said that the reason behind the large number of young people from the Islamic world who have registered to participate in the Camp is due to realization of its importance among these youth and their eagerness to participate in it throughout ten-day activity.

He also stressed that a special camp will be established making it a unique camp of its kind, achieving its objectives, including the exchange of experiences between the participants.

The Camp will spread among the participating youth the culture of social responsibility and volunteerism, and provide them with many special skills in the areas of disaster management and relief.

Ahmed Saleh Al Ali, Director of Media and Communication – Qatar Charity, said that it is an opportunity for young people to exchange experiences in the field of volunteerism and humanitarian work and develop and refine their capabilities in the field of relief and disaster management.

Al Ali pointed out that Qatar Charity’s participation in such events comes within its strategic objectives to empower and develop young people in various fields of humanitarian, developmental and voluntary work.

For his part, Ahmed Al Ajmi, Director of Events Department at the Qatar Cultural and Heritage Events Centre, said that the event management has completed all preparations for the activity of the ‘Doha Youth Camp for Voluntary and Humanitarian Work’ by equipping the venue which is Darb Al Saai.

He added that the infrastructure and logistics of the site were equipped to provide a safe infrastructure for the site to the highest specifications, in addition to the playgrounds and training areas for sports and recreational activities.

Ajayeb Al Afifa, Vice-Chairman of the Media Committee for the Events of ‘Doha – OIC Youth Capital 2019’ and Head of Communication at the Department of Public Relations and Communication at the Ministry of Culture and Sports, confirmed that the ‘Doha Youth Camp for Voluntary and Humanitarian Work’ will receive distinguished media coverage.

She said that the various media outlets, including the print and electronic, will be invited to cover the mega youth event, in addition to inviting social media influencers due to the importance of the activity.

Maeed Al Qahtani, Head of Public Relations at Qatar Cultural and Heritage Events Center, confirmed that the Center has completed all the necessary equipment to receive participants in this activity within the framework of the supervision and organization of the Center.

The Center is keen to make this activity an international and a distinctive camp. The camp is equipped with all the necessary amenities, in terms of workshops and various other activities, in addition to training halls and equipping housing for the youth participants of camp, he added.

Winners of ‘Doha Oasis for Innovation’ activity’ laud strong, well-organized contest

Winners of ‘Doha Oasis for Innovation’ activity’ laud strong, well-organized contest

DOHA: The winners of ‘Doha Oasis for Innovation’ activity (individual and group competition category) have appreciated the strong contest between competitors from the Islamic world, which will have a positive impact on the youth of Al Islamic.

The competition organized by the Ministry of Culture and Sports in collaboration with Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum as part of ‘Doha – OIC Youth Capital 2019’ activities.

The event was held in partnership with Qatar Scientific Club under the motto “The Youth is the Power of Nation”, and under the supervision of the Qatar Cultural and Heritage Events Center.

The first three winners in the Individual Contest are:  Saleh Safran (Qatar) 96%, Mohammed Ahmed Al Habsi (Oman) 94% and Shakiba Sardevand (Iran) 92%.

For the Group Competition, the winners are Weqaya company team who achieved 89percent and represented by Abdelrahman bin Arous (Libya), Sara Al Baker (Qatar), Yousef Al Qahoumi (Qatar), Saleh Al Abdellah (Qatar), Omar Oyaba (Algeria), Qwais Emad Mohammed Abu Shehab (Jordan), and Daliwa Joseph Baynamandi (Cameroon).

Commenting on the individual competition category, Saleh Safran expressed his delight at being awarded this advanced position in the individual competition at ‘Doha Oasis for Innovation’ activity’.

He also expresses his hope that this innovation will be marketed then people can benefit from it because it is an electronic safety device used to prevent gas leakage. The device detects the gas immediately after leakage, and controls the closure of the source gas.

“This innovation reduces the emission of gas before it leaks. Now we are starting to bring the product to customers, and we have aspirations to reach a larger segment of the target population at the local level, and from the Gulf level, and to the Arab and international levels, he added.

In the same competition, the winner, Mohammed Ahmed Al Habsi, described the competition among the innovators as very strong, with more than 6,000 inventions to be selected until the inventors reached  to 42.

He said he did not expect to be selected from among the most distinguished inventors representing the Islamic world at the level of the event as a whole.

For her part, Shakiba Sardivand Chegini said that “First of all I want to say thanks to Qatar because of understanding the value of the youth and respecting them, and also for giving such amazing opportunity to Muslim youth from all around the world.

It was my first time in Qatar where I met my second family of amazing creative minds from different countries. I wished I could be familiar with Qatar country and its culture earlier. Qatar is indeed a wonderful country which needs to be known globally. Qatar has many spectacular attractions and is developing well. It is a country where you can find the fantastic blend of history and modernity, she added.

On question about she has learned from her participation, she said that “I saw, experienced, learnt and taught; this is what happens when people gather in a team and share ideas. I learnt several new skills through the workshops and the team workings; and I gain the knowledge required for an inventor “from an idea to the startup”.

In Qatar, what inspired me the most, was this sentence ” Youth is the power of the nation” and the way Qatar government cared about the meaning of it.  I truly appreciate Qatar’s policy for youth because of organizing such events not only for Qatar youth but also for other youth from the great family of Muslims, she said.

 Winners of the group competition category

 Abdelrahman bin Arous (Libya), Sara Al Baker (Qatar), Yousef Al Qahoumi (Qatar), Saleh Al Abdellah (Qatar), Omar Oyaba (Algeria), Qwais Emad Mohammed Abu Shehab (Jordan), and Daliwa Joseph Baynamandi (Cameroon).

As for the winners of the group competition,  Abdelrahman bin Arous says, “I can’t express my feeling  about my happiness with this victory. It is a very difficult feeling to describe.”.

My team won the title in an internationally recognized competition with competitors being selected from thousands of applicants for this competition in the Islamic world, he said.

Sara Al Baker commented that my participation in the competition was a motivation for me, and support for all in all respects. It supports me to think about creating new topics, and start new stages that serve our country.

On how important this innovation, she noted that “This device will solve one of the biggest problems of the elderly, Alzheimer’s patients and other segments of society, who face the problem of forgetting to take their medicines in a timely manner, leading to a doubling of their condition and sometimes death.”.

The device will provide safe and high-quality care to patients with advanced and intelligent technology, inspire hope and contribute to health security by providing the best care for each patient.

For his part, Yousef Al Qahoumi he said that he was very happy with his team’s victory in the group competition. “I was expecting to win, because we have reached a final stage, and when I saw the remaining projects I noticed that we are ahead of them.”

The winner, Saleh Al Abdellah described the competitions were distinct experience in terms of organization and content.

The event included a lot of activities including trip to Katara, Qatar National Museum and some training workshops aimed at strengthening the bond between the participants and make them accustomed to teamwork.

The winner, Omar Oyaba described his experience in the group competition as “it was a great experience with a wonderful team where our team was characterized by multidisciplinary which made us do all the required tasks professionally on time.

David Farooqi, Chairman of the Jury of the Geneva International Inventions Exhibition, says that the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Qatar Scientific Club have made a number of efforts to make the event a success.  “Everything was well organized and the contestants were given what they needed,” he says.

“Some of the innovations were very good and some were normal, but innovation and invention and its attempt in itself is an important step, he added.

On the importance of the event, he said that there are many young people from schools and others who visited the exhibition and this is important as they will benefit from the experiences of their colleagues. This will motivate young visitors to invent and innovate when they see their colleagues make many innovations, he said.

On the criteria adopted by the jury for the Doha Innovation Oasis, Nayef Al Ibrahim, a member of the jury, said that it is the same international standards adopted by the Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions.

He described the competitions as they were strong, they  did not stop at the borders of a particular country, but included different Islamic countries, like young people with a great deal of innovation and creativity, which has had its repercussions in achieving the quality enrichment of ideas, and even ready for implementation, he said.