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  1. 1. Photo Caption STARS OF SCIENCE Series 3 on MBC4: Winner Announced Haytham Dsouki, innovator from Egypt crowned overall winner of SOS 2011Doha, 2nd December 2011: After a thrilling nine weeks, the waiting was over for four young Arabinnovators last night as the overall winner of Stars of Science Series 3 was announced in an exciting livefinale, held in Doha, Qatar. With a score of 35.4% Haytham Dsouki from Egypt won over not only the jurybut also the public vote to claim this year’s title as Stars of Science Series 3 overall winner, walking awaywith a first prize of $300,000 to help develop his invention – ‘VIVIFI’.Following Haytham in second place was Ziad Sankari (Lebanon)- ‘LIFESENSE’ who will receive$150,000, with Mohammad Al- Rifai (Kuwait)- ‘KWILI’ and Mohammad Al-Chaari (Tunisia) -‘POWERWAVE’ who will each receive $100,000 and $50,000 respectively.Haytham Dsouki said “I am absolutely thrilled to be named as winner of such a prestigious competition –when they called out my name I couldn’t believe it. I have enjoyed every minute of my time on the showand I am very excited to have received this investment to go towards helping me develop my invention. Iwould like to take this opportunity to thank all of my fellow candidates, the mentors, judges and of courseQatar Foundation for supporting this initiative and believing in young Arab innovators such as myself – Iam so proud to be a part of this and I can’t wait to see my invention become a reality in the future, madepossible by my appearance on Stars of Science.”Launched in 2009 by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF),Stars of Science is the region’s first pan-Arab docu-reality TV program dedicated to innovation.For budding innovators interested in entering Stars of Science Season 4, there are still a few days left,with applications closing at 6PM GMT on Monday 5 th December 2011 (any applications submittedthereafter will be considered for Season 5). Young Arab innovators aged between 18 -30 are encouragedto apply via the official Stars of Science website www.starsofscience.com / www.nojoumeloloum.com. -ends-For further information on Stars of Science, please contact:Toufiq Othman or Samar Saliba – Weber Shandwick MENATel: +971 4 3210 077 / +971 50 595 6727Email: toufiq.othman@ws-mena.com or samar.saliba@ws-mena.com
  2. 2. Follow SOS• Follow us on Facebook, facebook.com/StarsofScienceTV, Twitter @StarsofScience3, or Youtube youtube.com/starsofscienceTV• Keep up with all the action by watching the daily episodes everyday from Friday to Wednesday at 4:30pm KSA on MBC4• Log on to the official Stars of Science website www.starsofscience.com / www.nojoumeloloum.comNotes to EditorsQatar Foundation – Unlocking Human PotentialThe Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development is a private, non-profitorganization that is supporting Qatar on its journey from carbon economy to knowledge economy byunlocking human potential for the benefit of not only Qatar, but the world. Founded in 1995 by HisHighness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Amir of Qatar, QF is chaired by Her Highness SheikhaMoza bint Nasser.QF carries out its mission through three strategic pillars: education, science and research, and communitydevelopment. QF’s education pillar brings world-class universities to Qatar to help create an educationsector in which young people can develop the attitudes and skills required for a knowledge economy.Meanwhile, its science and research pillar builds Qatars innovation and technology capacity bydeveloping and commercializing solutions through key sciences. Finally, its community developmentpillar helps foster a progressive society while also enhancing cultural life, protecting Qatar’s heritage andaddressing immediate social needs in the community.For a complete list of QF’s initiatives and projects, visit http://www.qf.org.qaAbout Stars of ScienceStars of Science is an original TV format, initiated by Qatar Foundation, which has been broadcast onover 17 TV channels throughout the Arab world. Currently in its third season, Stars of Science supports16 young innovators who have an idea based on a novel scientific feature. Each project is developed forcommercialization through several stages of the innovation cycle, which includes proof of concept,engineering prototyping, design production and business feasibility.The four finalists are ranked by a jury and viewers in a live show in which the winning products arerevealed. The finalists receive a total cash prize of $600,000 to help them develop their product further.Stars of Science receives support from a raft of experts and mentors such as VIP juror Dr. Farouk El-Baz,an Egyptian-American scientist widely known for his work at NASA, as well as blue-chip companies anduniversities which are partners of Qatar Foundation. These include Virginia Commonwealth University inQatar; Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar; Texas A&M University at Qatar; and Carnegie MellonUniversity in Qatar. Other supporters are College of the North Atlantic-Qatar and Qatar University, as wellas Qatar Science & Technology Park.Hosted by Khaled Jumali, Stars of Science consists of eight prime-time episodes, plus the finale when thepublic will be invited to vote alongside the Jury. Prime-time episodes last 80 minutes, every Thursday(10pm KSA), with 30 daily updates starting from October 28 th 2011 (4.30pm KSA), all broadcast for thefirst time on MBC4.For further information on Stars of Science, please contact:Toufiq Othman or Samar Saliba – Weber Shandwick MENATel: +971 4 3210 077 / +971 50 595 6727Email: toufiq.othman@ws-mena.com or samar.saliba@ws-mena.comFor further information on Qatar Foundation, please contact: 2
  3. 3. Tariq AlsadaMedia Relations Officer, Public Relations & Marketing, Qatar FoundationTel: +974 4540991Fax: +974 4541047Email: talsada@qf.org.qaAbout MBC4MBC4 is the Arab world’s first exclusive tailored channel for women and young Arab families. Itbroadcasts the latest top-rated western entertainment in addition to locally produced programming. Thechannel airs prime-time shows such as Dr. Oz, The Doctors Show, Numbers, Grey’s Anatomy, TheVampire Diaries, Ringer, The Secret Circle, and The Good Wife, among other popular TurkishDrama soaps dubbed into Arabic.Today, the channel is more geared towards MBC Group’s own local flagship productions, as well astowards some acquired Arabic content from across the MENA region. MBC4 successfully aired thebiggest production ever in the Arab TV history: “ARABS GOT TALENT” and is currently in production forSeason 2.MBC GROUP:About MBC GroupMBC Group is the first private free-to-air satellite broadcasting company in the Arab World. It waslaunched in London in 1991 and later moved to its headquarters in Dubai in 2002. Over the past 20 years,MBC Group has grown to become a well-established media group that enriches people’s lives throughinformation, interaction and entertainment. Based in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, MBC Groupincludes 10 television channels: MBC1 (general family entertainment), MBC2 and MBC MAX (24-hourmovies), MBC3 (children’s entertainment), MBC4 (entertainment for new Arab women), MBC Action(action series and movies), MBC Persia (24-hour movie channel dubbed in Farsi) , Al Arabiya (the 24-hour Arabic language news channel); Wanasah (24-hour Arabic music channel) and MBC Drama (24hour Arabic drama) and two radio stations: MBC FM (Gulf music), and Panorama FM (contemporaryArabic hit music); as well as O3 productions, a specialized documentary production unit. It has alsoseveral online platforms: www.mbc.net, www.alarabiya.net, and www.shahid.net.For further information on MBC, please contact:Ruba Al AyedGroup PR ManagerMBC GroupTel: +971 56 6038358Email: ruba.alayed@mbc.net 3