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Moroccan Student Among 5 Finalists in 2019 Arab Reading Competition

Will Fatima Zahra Akhyar give Morocco the chance to win the competition for the second time in a row?

Rabat – Moroccan student Fatima Zahra Akhyar is among the 2019 Arab Reading Competition finalists, outperforming thousands of  participants.

Vice President, Prime Minister of UAE, and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said that the competition will announce the winner on Wednesday, November 13.

“We celebrate more than 30 million students in the Arab Reading Challenge, the largest Arab knowledge initiative,” Dubai ruler wrote on November 9.

He added, “We are stronger with Arab youth who believe in the power of words.”

International audiences can watch the final episode of the TV program on MBC1.

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The short list includes four other participants from Sudan, Tunisia, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.

Akhyar, who is representing Morocco, dreams of excelling in both scientific and literary fields.

Akhyar is a student at Cadi Ayyad High School in Tetouan, northern Morocco. She qualified to the 2019 Arab Reading Challenge after winning the national reading contest.

Al Akhyar participated in the maths olympics in France, and received a certificate of merit. She also published a novel in Arabic entitled “In Room 56.”

The annual competition is held under the patronage of the Dubai ruler.

The winner receives $150,000 to cover their university tuition fees. The winner’s school also receives a prize of $1,000,000.

Last year, Moroccan student Mariam Amjoun won the competition. The 9-year-old won despite being the youngest participant.