Alumnus Bader Alomary, ’11 & G-’12, a citizen of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who now resides in Austin, Texas, received the prestigious King Khalid Award last month from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz. Alomary’s pioneering project, the “Indicative Dictionary,” won first place in the King Khalid Award’s Development Partners Branch. This dictionary notes the variations in sign language across different regions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Alomary noted the variations in Saudi Sign Language across different regions, and proposed a university project to compile sign language dictionaries and terminologies. This led to the formation of a committee to create the Saudi sign language dictionary. With the generous support of the Princess Al Anoud Charitable Foundation, the sign language dictionary was published and distributed free of charge. Alomary is a member of the Special Education faculty at King Saud University in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is completing his doctoral studies in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Read and watch more from the Gulf News. Congratulations, Bader!