Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense who is also the head of Higher Supervisory Committee for Prince Salman Prize for Post-Graduate Studies, honored the winners of the research prize on the History and Civilization of Arabian Peninsula, in Riyadh on Tuesday, according to the Saudi press Agency.
Earlier, the Crown Prince received the King Saud University Rector Dr. Badran al-Omar, Secretary General of King Abdulaziz Center of Research and Archives (Darah) Dr. Fahad Al-Sammari, Secretary General of the Prize Dr. Abdulla Al-Subaie, and members of the Scientific Committee of the Prize.
At the outset of the event, the rector of KSU expressed thanks to the Crown Prince for his support and confidence towards the university as the incubator of the prize.
The prize embodied the Crown Prince’s commitment to science and historic studies that documented the old history of the Arabian Peninsula in refined scientific forms, which will be beneficial to current and future generations, he said.
Some 43 researchers, 37 Saudis and another 6 from other GCC countries vied for the prize’s ten winning areas, in addition to three researchers who gave support to post-graduate students.
Al-Omar noted that the prize comes at an appropriate time from a historian (referring to the Crown Prince) who is well aware of the importance of history, as history departments in the Kingdom’s universities have dwindled.
The honored winners were as follows, Dr. Bandar bin Mohamed Al-Arwi and Dr. Talal bin Khalid Al-Tiraifi (PhD branch for Saudis), Dr. Ali bin Rashid Al-Madbouli, from Oman (PhD branch for non-Saudis), Walid Ahlil Al-Mutairi, Muna bint Saad Al-Otaibi and Jouzi bint Mohamed Al-Subaei (Masteral branch for Saudis), Samia bint Abdulla Al-Kathiri, from Yemen, and Fatima bint Salim Al-Bulushi, Oman (Masteral branch for non-Saudis), and researcher Salman bin Salim Al-Mutairi (supportive program for researches).
Meanwhile, members of the Scientific Committee of the Prize stressed the importance of the prize and its role in promoting scientific research in universities. Committee member Prince Turki bin Fahad said the prize has given enormous impetus to researches in the area of history and will remain an incentive to scientific movement and researchers.