Saudi King patronizes King Faisal Int'l Prize ceremony Wed.

RIYADH, March 22 (KUNA) — Under the patronage of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, prize-awarding ceremony of the prestigious King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) of 2016 would be held Wednesday in the Saudi capital.
The ceremony will also be attended by dignitaries, intellectuals, academicians, scientists and literati from across the globe.
Winners of this year’s edition are from various countries and they have been judged by their merits regardless of their ethnicity, gender, religion or political affiliation, Secretary General of the King Faisal Foundation Prince Bandar bin Saud said in a press statement.
He added that the prize is meant to honor notable scientists and scholars whose work and studies have been benefiting the humanity.
The winners include President of the Kuwaiti Studies and Research Center Professor Abdullah Yusuf Al-Ghunaim.
Al-Ghunaim was granted the prize in recognition of his seminal contributions both as an author and critical editor of original manuscripts of Muslim geographic legacy and his distinguished venture to revive ancient Arabic terms on shapes of the earth’s surface and adapt them to contemporary geography, the KFIP has announced.
This is exemplified by his Arabic texts “The Pearls” and “The Arabic Geographic Heritage” in addition to his unprecedented record of earthquakes in his book: “Arabic Register of Earthquakes.” Al-Ghunaim would the second Kuwaiti scholar to won the top-level award after Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sumait who won it in 1996 in recognition in his great efforts in serving Islam worldwide.
Launched and granted for the first time in 1979, the KFIP recognizes the outstanding works of individuals and institutions in five major categories: Service to Islam, Islamic Studies, Arabic Language and Literature, Medicine, and Science.
Its aim is to encourage excellence and contribution all aspects of civilization, as well as to enrich human knowledge and develop mankind.
Each of the five prize categories is comprised of: A certificate written in Diwani calligraphy enclosed in a binder of the finest leather inscribed with the winner’s name and a summary of his/ her work which qualified him/her for the prize, a 24 carat gold medal, weighing 200 grams, and a check of SAR 750,000 (an equivalent of USD 200,000), distributed equally between the winners if they are more than one. (end) yms.ibi