Egyptian boy dubbed 'smartest child in the world'

the asian age

A boy from Egypt has been dubbed the “smartest child in the world” after winning first place at a global competition.

The thirteen-year-old boy from Egypt solved 230 complex arithmetic problems in a mere eight minutes to win the coveted prize. (Facebook/ IMA Education Group)

Abdulrahman Hussain was one of 3,000 competitors taking part in the Intelligent Mental Arithmetic International Competition that took place in Malaysia in late December to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Intelligent Education Group.

According to a report by Al Arabiya, the thirteen-year-old boy from Egypt solved 230 complex arithmetic problems in a mere eight minutes to win the coveted prize.

The event was held at the Persada Johor International Convention Centre in Malaysia where an astounding number of nationalities came together for the tournament, with children from over 70 countries put to the test in a series of gruelling tasks.

Hussain spoke to Al Arabiya after his victory, saying that his amazing achievement all bottles down to the support and guidance that he’s received from his teachers and family.

According to Hussain’s teacher, Batul Mohammed Montasser, Hussain has been training his mental capabilities for five years in preparation for the competition.