DUBAI // About 2,300 children from 30 countries – took part in a mental arithmetic challenge on Friday the 11th November, 2016 at Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai.
The UCMAS International and 13th National Abacus and Mental Arithmetic Competition was the first time the competition was held in the Middle East, demanding all sorts of mental gymnastics from children as young as four.
Universal concept of mental arithmetic system (UCMAS) is based on the traditional abacus method of calculation and is recognised as a means of improving the motor skills of children, enhancing their concentration, observation, and speed of thinking.
Children aged between 4 and 16 had to solve 200 sums in 8 minutes. The youngest children used an abacus tool to do this while older one did the hard work in their heads.
My Son Omar Mansour won the 2nd placed from category I level 8 – He brought pride to his family and Kuwait and his country Lebanon – we are so proud of his achievement and we will always support him to reach to his ambitions..