An Emirati high school student secured third place in the chemistry category at the recent International Science and Engineering Fair (Isef), surpassing over 2,000 participants from 70 nations. The Isef, which is the world's largest pre-college STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) competition, was held in the United States this year.

Saif Hassan Ibrahim Karam, an exceptional Grade 11 student from Sharjah Model School, demonstrated his brilliance once again by clinching a national award for his project on creating a chemical compound that absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and transforms it into clean fuel. He was also honored with the Emirates Young Scientists Award during the 7th National Science Technology and Innovation Festival (NSTI).

Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, the Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology, praised Saif's remarkable accomplishment, stating, 'Saif, a student of the government, has achieved an extraordinary feat by securing third place among more than 2,000 participants from 70 countries. We take great pride in Saif's global achievement and eagerly await his return to the UAE.'

The Emirates Schools Establishment (ESE) expressed their pride in Saif's achievement through a tweet, stating, 'We are all proud of Saif and wish him continued success and excellence.' Khorfakkan Network also congratulated Saif, referring to him as their student and son, and expressed their pride in his remarkable accomplishment. They eagerly await his return to the UAE.