Nissan dominates Hail Nissan International Rally 2018

Nissan drivers claimed the top 11 places at the Hail Nissan International Rally 2018.
Updated 07 February 2018
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Nissan dominates Hail Nissan International Rally 2018

Nissan cars dominated last week’s Hail Nissan International Rally 2018, held under the patronage of Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, governor of Hail.
Race winner Essa Al-Doussary, Nissan Saudi Arabia’s official driver, gave an unforgettable performance in his Nissan Navara at the most important motorsports event in the Kingdom.
The second stage of this year’s rally was the longest in its 13-year history, at 354 kilometers. Although Al-Doussary faced some challenges, he exerted extraordinary efforts, winning by a margin of 8 minutes and 42 seconds at the conclusion of the rally’s 168.57-kilometer final stage.
Nissan drivers claimed the top 11 places. Second was Sami Al-Shammari in his Nissan Patrol Pickup, third was Ahmed Al-Shuahil, Muteb Al-Qnoon was fourth, Ahmed Al-Shaqawi came fifth, and Muneef Al-Salmani claimed sixth place, with a time of 10 hours and 13 minutes in his Nissan Patrol Y62.
Al-Doussary said: “This is my first time participating in the Hail Rally and I hope it is the first of many more. It was such a great experience. Being able to drive one of Nissan’s super cars, the Navara, made me very happy. It was a magnificent car. I only gave it maximum output on the final stage, during which I was challenged by the navigation systems, which delayed me a bit.”
Al-Salmani commented: “The Hail Nissan Rally is a great opportunity for aspiring Saudi drivers. I am very happy to have been part of it, and I’m very impressed by the strong performance of the Nissan Y62, so I’d like to thank Nissan for supporting me and supporting the Hail drivers.”
COO of Nissan Saudi Arabia Bader Al-Houssami said: “Hail Nissan Rally has proved itself a solid motorsport platform in Saudi Arabia and we’re proud to be the title sponsor. Hail Rally is a great platform to create champions, improve tourism, and convey the safe driving message across the Kingdom. We are very proud of this year’s results, proud of our drivers growing more skillful, and we look forward to improving more in the future.”
He added: “We will continue to support Saudi drivers, Hail Festival and the Hail Nissan Rally. We also look forward to the Hail Nissan Rally being included in the FIA cross-country rally championship calendar soon.”


Real estate landscape to be explored

Updated 17 February 2019
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Real estate landscape to be explored

Informa Middle East, organizer of the Cityscape portfolio of events, will roll out a trio of back-to-back events across Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE between March 24 and April 18.

With the specific market dynamics of each destination being explored through dedicated country events, the 2019 Cityscape series springs into action with Cityscape Egypt at the Egypt International Exhibition Center (EIEC) in Cairo. A two-day conference kick-starts the Egypt schedule on March 24 and 25, before the exhibition takes centerstage from March 27 to 30. 

Cityscape then moves to the Center for Forums and Events in Jeddah, which includes an exhibition from April 5 to 7, before a one-day workshop on April 7. Finally, a return to Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) includes a three-day exhibition from April 16 to 18 with an influential agenda on the lineup at the conference set for April 16.

“It’s a packed three-week schedule with a very distinct market approach and program for each destination,” said Chris Speller, Cityscape group director. “This year more than ever, Cityscape will drill down into the specifics and varied issues affecting each market. While opportunities continue to abound across the region, each market requires very different approaches from consumers, government entities and private developers to realize them. 

“With each market at varying stages of maturity and subject to very different developmental concerns, the conference and exhibition stops in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi enable industry professionals and public investors to engage with people at the sharp end of the business, understand and seize opportunities, and network for future growth,” added Speller.

In Egypt, the conference will focus on “Energizing the Market and Reinstating Confidence” with government authorities, experts, and market influencers scheduled to spell out the country’s strategic vision to achieve real estate market maturity. 

Expecting a turnout of more than 40 exhibitors and over 8,000 visitors, Cityscape Jeddah this year looks to align with the goals of the Kingdom’s real estate market in light of its Saudi Vision 2030 economic diversification plan.

“Vision 2030 reforms are expected to attract major investment into a Saudi real estate sector predicted to double its contribution to the national economy right through this decade,” said Speller. 

“Over the past few years, we have witnessed Saudi Arabia make significant strides in attracting foreign and local investment, implementing various urban regeneration initiatives, and investing in infrastructure.”

This recent progress, when aligned with the various projects being green-lit, will no doubt transform the country into a global investment powerhouse. We believe Cityscape Jeddah will help drive investment in the Saudi sector by enhancing its standing as a crucial meeting point for regional and international leaders who can contribute to making Vision 2030 a reality.”

With a focus on “Achieving Diversification and Energizing the Market,” the Jeddah workshops will feature prominent investment panel discussions which dive into how the country’s tourism and hospitality sector agenda can impact Vision 2030. The Cityscape outings in Cairo and Jeddah will both feature dedicated editions of the Cityscape Awards, which recognize and celebrate excellence in real estate development and architecture. 

The UAE capital’s official real estate event platform, Cityscape Abu Dhabi is held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The one-day conference agenda will explore the future of regulatory and technological innovation with a strong focus on the government sector’s growth strategy for the UAE capital.