KAUST professors reap Shoman awards

Lebanese-born Dr. Omar Knio, professor of applied mathematics and computational science at KAUST, was joint recipient of the Shoman Award for Mathematical Modeling.
Updated 01 October 2019

KAUST professors reap Shoman awards

Dr. Mohamed Eddaoudi, from Morocco, professor of chemistry and director of the Advanced Membrane and Porous Materials Center (AMPM), Physical Science and Engineering Division at KAUST, recently received the Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers, an annual award presented by Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation focusing on six disciplines of science.

Dr. Eddaoudi was not the only KAUST professor to receive this year’s Shoman award. Lebanese-born Dr. Omar Knio, professor of applied mathematics and computational science, Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering Division at KAUST, was joint recipient of the Shoman Award for Mathematical Modeling along with Dr. Shaher Mohammed Ahmad Momani from Jordan. 

Dr. Eddaoudi’s research focuses primarily on developing new strategies for the design and synthesis of functional solid-state materials from molecular building blocks and advancing the understanding of the structure-property relationship of materials.

His team at KAUST is working toward developing made-to-order metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) to tackle more challenging and lingering problems, such as clean energy alternatives, advancing MOFs to store adequate hydrogen at room temperature and moderate pressures, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and advancing the field of MOFs in the direction of creating efficient, low-cost MOFs that can capture large amounts of carbon dioxide.

Dr. Knio focuses on the development of mathematical methods, algorithms, and software for the simulation of complex thermo-fluid systems, the quantification of uncertainty in model predictions, Bayesian model calibration, optimization under uncertainty, and on the application of advanced computational methods to atmospheric and oceanic flows, combustion, and energetic materials.

Earlier in September, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation announced the winners of the Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers in its 37th cycle for 2019. According to the award’s scientific committee, winners were selected upon reviewing the reports of 12 specialized committees, including an elite group of Arab researchers, who juried submissions.

This year’s award received submissions from 382 candidates from Jordan and the Arab world; 23 applications were disqualified due to noncompliance with the basic conditions of the award. Fifteen researchers submitted for the award’s six fields. Each field is divided into two alternating topics, which are selected by the award’s scientific committee. 

Valentina Qussisiya, CEO of the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation, stressed the urgent need to support serious scientific research aimed at overcoming barriers to societal development, and the importance of scientific research directly aimed at problems in the Arab world, particularly those related to localization of technology, food shortage, shrinking arable land, and other challenges that hinder development.


Russia’s cultural capital beckons GCC travelers

Updated 17 October 2019

Russia’s cultural capital beckons GCC travelers

  • Citizens of Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia can now benefit from fast and convenient 
eVisa portal when arranging their next visit to the city of St. Petersburg.
Guarded by two marble lions at the entrance, the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg sits within the walls of a 19th-century royal palace in the beautifully preserved imperial city of St. Petersburg. Celebrated globally for its history and architecture, Russia’s cultural capital recently became an even more attractive destination for GCC travelers thanks to the introduction of a convenient new online eVisa process.
Launched at the beginning of October, the St. Petersburg eVisa portal enables citizens from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman to enjoy the benefits of fast and simple online visa applications. Travelers can simply fill in the online form, upload a photograph, and can complete the entire process in just a few clicks. Applications can be made within 20 days of traveling, and up to four days before arrival. The visa is valid for stays of up to eight days in St. Petersburg and the surrounding Leningrad Region.
Felix Murillo, general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, said: “The introduction of the eVisa portal offers a new level of convenience for international travelers, making it easier than ever for GCC citizens to arrange a trip to our wonderful city. Our concierge team takes great pleasure in highlighting St. Petersburg’s historical and cultural visitor attractions, and will be happy to arrange anything our guests may require to turn every trip into an unforgettable experience. We look forward to welcoming visitors from the Middle East to our beautiful hotel to share cherished moments and create memories that will last a lifetime.”
The Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg is located in the upmarket Admiralteysky district and was originally constructed in the early 19th century for Prince Alexander Yakovlevich Lobanov-Rostovsky.
Since first opening its doors to guests in 2013, the property offers 183 rooms, including 26 sumptuously decorated suites.
Perhaps the most stunning of the hotel’s accommodations is the one-of-a-kind Lobanov Presidential Suite, where guests can gather by the living room fireplace for a night of intimate conversation, host an al fresco dinner party on the expansive private terrace with stunning views of the Admiralty building and the surrounding park, or retreat to the grand master bedroom for a quiet and cosy evening.
The hotel is inviting guests to embark on a range of culinary adventures across its three restaurants. Diners can experience pan-asian fusion flavors at Sintoho, authentic Italian dishes at Percorso and modern Russian cuisine at The Tea Lounge.
Catering to the needs of visitors from the Middle East, halal meat is available on request.