Amman: An Omani young man Ahmed Amer Al Jabri sailed into the final round of Jordan’s King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation and Achievement, 6th edition.
Al Jabri’s project, codenamed Qatra or “droplet”, utilises modern techniques on the rationalisation of water use in irrigating plants. A winner in the contest will receive $50,000 for the development of his/her prototype.
The winning projects are shortlisted by a specialised technical committee from the Arab world.
Over the past five chapters, the biennial award was won by 41 competitors from eight Arab countries and it generated 85,000 direct and indirect jobs.
Rasha Abu Shakhdam from Jordan, qualified for the final round of the award with her project concerned with technology- supported innovative products and educational tools targeting deaf children.
Haitham Ali Khalifa from Egypt qualified with his project aimed at economic empowerment of the marginalised sectors of the society through optimal use of available resources and recycling technique in the field of agriculture.
Saifuddin Al Alaj (Morocco) qualified for his project aimed to create sustainable solutions for waste recycling.
The 6th edition of the award is organised under the theme “From Jordan to the Arab Youth”.
Those who qualified for the final round would undergo a training programme ahead of the presentation before the committee of the award as a step for announcement of the winner of the award, according to a statement issued by the management of the award.