Amna Mohammed Al Mansouri, an Abu Dhabi-based Emirati student, was named the UAE Arab Reading Champion at the ceremony held in Dubai on Friday.
Ghareeb Mohammed Al-Yamahi, a different student from the Emirati nation, took first place in the brand-new category for People of Determination.
Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri, Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology, attended the ceremony.
The largest-ever Arab literacy campaign, the Arab Reading Challenge was started by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi.
The goal of the challenge is to encourage students to enjoy reading by asking them to read more than 50 novels in a single academic year. Participants in this outstanding Arabic reading competition range in age from first to twelfth grade and come from institutions all throughout the Arab globe.
The competition, which has five stages and runs from September through March, requires contestants to read ten novels and summarise their contents in challenge passports.
Following the reading and summarising phase, schools, education zones, and Abu Dhabi nations are eliminated, culminating to the eagerly awaited finals held every year in Dubai in October.
With a record participation of 24.8 million kids from 46 different countries, this seventh edition is the largest reading event of its type in the world. The sixth edition added a new category for hard-working individuals.
Emirati student from Abu Dhabi emerges as UAE Arab Reading Champion
In memory of my late grandfather
Amna, 17, responded when questioned about her victory, “My feeling today is indescribable. We appreciate the assistance our honourable sheikhs have provided for us. The daughter of Zayed can advance to the highest rankings at this special time.
Amna honoured her late grandfather for his significant influence on her life by dedicating her victory to him in a heartfelt tribute. She also cited Aisha Al Mansouri, her older sister, as an inspiration because of the numerous accomplishments she accomplished in her studies in political science and international affairs as well as as a researcher and scientist.
Amna also thanked her family from the bottom of her heart for their continuous support during her journey. She worked hard to achieve success. She has spent the majority of the last two years reading, finishing an astonishing 131 novels in that time.
Her love of books and her commitment to succeed drove her to this amazing accomplishment. The young champion received a love of learning at the School of Aisha bint Abi Bakr in Abu Dhabi.
514,506 pupils from 921 schools around the UAE took part in the reading challenge.