Egypt Dominates Arab Games

December 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Parvez Fatteh, Founder of,

Tunisia’s Nour Bo al-Eyuin hits Morocco’s Fatima Alzahraelahqr during their Kumite (sparring) Karate match at the Pan Arab Games in Cairo.

Egypt was once again dominant in the Arab Games as it accumulated a grand total of 233 medals in the 2011 edition of the games. They recently concluded in Qatari capital of Doha. The final tally for Egypt included 90 gold medals, 76 silvers, and 67 bronzes. For Egypt this extended their run to four consecutive Arab Games victories, having been the dominant force in 1999 (0man), 2004 (Algeria) and 2007 (Cairo).

Fellow North African country Tunisia finished as runners up with a total of 138 medals, including 54 gold, while Morocco came third with 113 medals, including 35 gold. The hosts, Qatar, finished fourth with a total of 110  medals, including 32 golds.

Egypt’s gold-medal wins included a 26-21 win over Qatar in the men’s Handball finals, as well as a 3-0 victory over their same Qatari hosts in the Volleyball finals. In the women’s Volleyball competition, Egypt also prevailed with a 3-1 win over Algeria in the finals.


Nour Al-Hadidi Graduates College with Perfect GPA

May 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By TMO Stringer, based in part on UM Dearborn Souvenir


Nour Al-Hadidi is graduating with High Distinction and a perfect 4.0 GPA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Hispanic studies from UM Dearborn.

Ms. Hadidi’s family is active in the Bloomfield Muslim Unity Center.

Her outstanding academic achievements have been recognized on numerous occasions.  She earned a place on the Dean’s List in 2008 and 2009, earned University Honors in 2008 and 2009, and received the William J. Branstrom Prize in March 2009.  She is a recipient of the UM Dearborn Chancellor’s Scholarship and the Michigan Merit Scholarship.

Miss Al-Hadidi’s Natural Sciences Department Awards include the Merck Index Award in Organic Chemistry and the Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader Award.  As an SI leader, she provided original problems and volunteered for additional sessions before mid-terms and final exams.  Her sessions were very popular and the feedback from students was extremely positive.  They praised her for the clarity of her explanations, her undivided attention and patience.  Miss Al-Hadidi also shares her knowledge by serving as a tutor for biology and organic chemistry students through the Student Success Center on campus.

Miss Al-Hadidi has done quality work in Dr. Simon Maricean’s laboratory, the green chemistry project, studying the selective functionalization of diols.  Her academic ability is hardly limited to organic chemistry.  She loves to learn and has a deep and diverse academic interest.  Even more impressive is the ten A Pluses on her transcript.

Exceptionally literate, Miss Al-Hadidi is fluent in both Arabic and Spanish in addition to English.  In 2010, she spent her spring break in Costa Rica to provide health care to Nicaraguan refugees, an experience she found very rewarding.

Miss Al-Hadidi will be a first year medical student at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor this fall.