• Khaled AlSulaim of Saudi Arabia (left) and Rania Bou Jaoudeh of Lebanon (center) congratulate Mohammed Al Housani of Qatar (right) on progressing to the final stage of Stars of Science.
  • Finalist Mohammed Al Housani of Qatar speaks to the Stars of Science expert panel of jurors about his Efficient Solar Energy System project, named "Taqatech"
  • Finalist Rania Bou Jaoudeh of Lebanon demonstrates her Automatic Zucchini Corer project, named Corizta, during Stars of Science.
  • During the Stars of Science Design stage, finalist Sultan AlSubhi of Oman (left) explains the concept behind his Wudu’ Area Robotic Cleaner project to expert jurors Dr. Fouad Mrad (center) and James Law (right).
  • Finalist Thieab Al Dossary of Bahrain faces the Stars of Science jury to explain how his Tactile Communicating Bracelet, named Feelix, functions.

Arab World’s Top Innovator to be Determined In Stars of Science Live Finale Saturday on MBC4

Four youths who have captivated audiences across the Arab world will compete to be named the region’s top innovator in the live finale of Stars of Science, Qatar Foundation’s “edutainment reality” TV program on MBC4. The ranking of finalists Thieab Al Dossary of Bahrain, Sultan AlSubhi of Oman, Rania Bou Jaoudeh of Lebanon and Mohammed Al Housani of Qatar will be determined by a public vote and a jury deliberation in the live finale, which will air from the Stars of Science studios in Doha on MBC4 on Saturday, 15 November 2014 at 8:00pm KSA/ 5:00pm GMT.

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Viewers from all over the world can submit their vote by SMS or by landline to different numbers based on country and mobile carrier.  In the live finale, finalists will be ranked based on voting from the public and a jury deliberation.  Visit www.starsofscience.com/English/Vote to find out how you can vote.

Stars of Science, now in its sixth season, pits innovators against each other in a competition to turn their ideas into reality.  Twelve candidates aged 18 to 30 come to Doha, Qatar, where they are mentored by world-class engineering and design experts at the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP).  The innovators’ resilience, ingenuity and teamwork are tested in challenges throughout the show as they develop their inventions from concept to commercialization with the ultimate goal of winning funding for their projects.

Stars of Science chose the twelve candidates in an international casting tour that considered thousands of applicants.  Viewers witnessed these candidates work tirelessly to engineer, design and refine their projects with the knowledge that some among them would be eliminated by a jury of experts in weekly primetime episodes.

Months of development, elimination rounds and jury feedback have resulted in some of the most advanced prototypes ever seen on Stars of Science.  Thieab Al Dossary, known to viewers as “The Intellectual,” hopes his Tactile Communication Bracelet, which enriches multimedia experiences by relaying synchronized pulses to a user’s arm, will make him Bahrain’s first winner.  “The Strategist” Sultan AlSubhi is contending to be Oman’s first winner with his Wudu’ Area Robotic Cleaner, a robotic device that automatically cleans the ablution areas of prayer facilities and mosques. 

Lebanon’s Rania Bou Jaoudeh, known as “The Planner,” can become the first female winner of Stars of Science with her Automatic Zucchini Corer, which greatly reduces the time and strenuous effort spent preparing a common staple of Arab cuisine.  “The Scientist” Mohammed Al Housani looks to earn Qatar’s second title with his Efficient Solar Energy System, designed to better convert sunlight to power.

A total of $600,000 will be awarded to the finalists based on the results of the public vote and jury deliberation.  The live finale of Season 6 of Stars of Science, hosted by Khaled Al Jumaily, will air on MBC4 on Saturday, 15 November 2014 at 8:00pm KSA/ 5:00pm GMT. 

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Stars of Science

Stars of Science is an original TV format, initiated by Qatar Foundation, which encourages the Arab world’s aspiring science and technology innovators. In this sixth season, 12 candidates are challenged to prove their resourcefulness during critical stages of the innovation cycle with an expert panel of academic jurors and industry leaders. Eliminations take place in Engineering and Design episodes until only four projects remain. These four finalists vie for a share of a $600,000 prize, determined by a jury deliberation and voting from the public.

The program airs from Saturday, September 13th to Saturday, November 15th 2014 on MBC4

Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF) is a private, non-profit organisation that is supporting Qatar on its journey from a carbon economy to knowledge economy by unlocking human potential, for the benefit of not only Qatar, but the world.  Founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir, QF is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.

QF’s work encompasses education, research and community development.  World-class universities are brought to Qatar to help create an education sector in which young people can develop the attitudes and skills required for a knowledge economy. At the same time, QF builds Qatar's innovation and technology capacity by developing and commercializing solutions through key sciences.  The Foundation also works to foster a progressive society while enhancing cultural life, protecting Qatar’s heritage and addressing immediate social needs in the community.

For a complete list of QF’s initiatives and projects, visit https://www.qf.org.qa

About MBC Group
MBC Group (Middle East Broadcasting Center) is the largest and leading private media company in the Middle East & North Africa region. For the past 23 years, MBC Group was able to enrich people’s lives through information, interaction and entertainment. In 2002, nearly a decade after the launch of MBC1 in London, back in 1991, and as the 1st private free-to-air Arab satellite TV channel, MBC Group moved its headquarters to Dubai Media City, United Arab Emirates, where it remains.
Today, MBC Group includes 19 TV channels: MBC1 (general family entertainment); MBC2 and MBC MAX (24-hour western movies); MBC3 (children’s edutainment with a mix of both local productions and western acquisitions); MBC4 (entertainment for young families with a female-focus); MBC Action (an indigenous adrenaline-packed channel targeting young males with local and homegrown productions); MBC Variety (Western films and general entertainment with uninterrupted broadcasting); Al Arabiya News Channel (the 24-hour Arabic language news channel); Al Hadath (an extension of Al Arabiya News Channel with a specific focus on real events in the Arab world and beyond); Wanasah (24-hour Arabic music channel); MBC DRAMA (24/7 Arabic drama); MBC MASR (general family entertainment geared towards the Egyptian family); MBC MASR 2 (providing the Egyptian audience with superior quality entertainment, in addition to live coverage of some of the Egyptian league's football matches);  MBC + Drama (a joint paid-for channel between MBC and OSN); MBC Bollywood (delivering the freshest in Bollywood content geared towards the region via an Arabized interface); and most recently four sports channels, MBC PRO SPORTS (geared towards the “Saudi Football Premier League” fans in the Kingdom).

In July 2011, seven channels within MBC Group began to broadcast in HD across the MENA Region: MBC1 HD, MBC2 HD, MBC4 HD, MBC Action HD, MBC Drama HD, MBC Max HD and Al Arabiya HD. In 2013, MBC3 HD joined the collection of HD channels followed by MBC Variety HD in 2014.

MBC Group also includes two FM radio stations: MBC FM (Gulf music) and Panorama FM (contemporary Arabic hit music); as well as O3 Productions, a premium content drama production company. Furthermore, MBC Group includes online platforms: www.mbc.net, www.alarabiya.net, www.shahid.net (the first free VOD and catch-up portal in the Arab world) and www.actionha.net, and www.mbcprosports.net among others.