The Eighth International Invention Fair in the Middle East, to be held at Kuwait Science Club (KSC), will serve as a local, regional and international observatory for scientific and technological research, deputy head of the organizing committee Ahmad Al-Manfouhi said. "The fair is the first of its kind in the Middle East and the world's second," Al-Manfouhi told reporters at the SKC on Wednesday night, affirming that the stage is set for the opening ceremony on November 16.
"Thanks to the kind patronage by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the fair has been able to raise the flag of Kuwait high at international forums and foster the talents of creative Kuwaiti youths since its first edition in 2007, he said. Al-Manfouhi noted that the eighth edition will showcase 160 inventions from 20 countries, including a Kuwaiti one.
On the awards of the event, he said KSC will offer a US$ 15,000 cash award for the best invention, and the organizing committee will offer US$ 10,000 and a US$ 1,000 prize for the GCC inventors.
Besides, the GCC Patent Office will offer an award amounting to 50,000 Saudi riyals, the Geneva-based International Exhibition of Inventions - US$ 5,000 prize, Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) - US$ 5,000, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) - four awards, he added.