Royal Commission for Al-Ula launches ‘rock naming’ competition with SR100,000 top prize

The Royal Commission for Al-Ula has launched a ‘rock naming’ competition with a SR100,000 top prize. (Royal Commission for Al-Ula/rca.gov.sa)
Updated 13 September 2018
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Royal Commission for Al-Ula launches ‘rock naming’ competition with SR100,000 top prize

  • The commission said it hopes the competition will “take participants to the heart of the Al-Ula”
  • Participants should take a photo of a unique rock formation in Al-Ula and suggest a name for it

LONDON: The Royal Commission for Al-Ula has launched a new competition — called “Name A Rock” — in which people have been asked to give names to rock formations within the governorate.
In a statement, the commission said it hopes the competition will “take participants to the heart of the Al-Ula” and enable them to “explore the unique and awe-inspiring rock formations that characterize the province to introduce them to the world.”
Participants should take a photo of a unique rock formation in Al-Ula and suggest a name for it. In addition, participants should provide the reason behind the naming and locate the rock on the map.

Registration closes in two months, nominations will be taken in November for voting until December, after which judges will evaluate the entries before three winners are announced and cash prizes will be awarded — with first place scooping SR100,000
Al-Ula province is home to several archaeological treasures, which includes Madain Saleh, which became Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.
Home to dramatic desert landscapes, spectacular rock formations and some of the Middle East’s most significant ancient sites including those built by Lihyanite and Nabataean civilizations of the first millennium BC and beyond, historic Al-Ula is described as a wonder of the ancient Arabian world.
Registration can be found here.

 


TheFace: Aghareed Abduljawad, supply chain director at Globe Group

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TheFace: Aghareed Abduljawad, supply chain director at Globe Group

  • Aghareed Abduljawad is also the finance director at Abduljawad Holding Co.

It is a great honor for me to be featured in this space, not only to be representing the young women of society but also to be able to share my personal background story.

I am privileged to have been brought up in a home where both my parents did not discriminate between genders but rather promoted equality and equal opportunity and education among me and my siblings.

This shaped me into becoming the eager, persistent, determined, and some would even say competitive, person that I am.

My father has always been a role model for me in business. A well-rounded global engineer by education, a successful businessman by virtue, but more importantly he is my father.

He taught me always to remain strong, fearless, and brave but gave me all the opportunities to be successful by earning it rather than receiving it. This somehow constitutes the core of our business values at Globe Group.

Similar to every family business, boardroom discussions always somehow find themselves at the center of the dinner table, but this is where we can count on my wonderful mother to intervene.

As a graduate in English literature, she brings the arts and cultural side to our family which is always a nice break when we’re constantly thinking of how to grow a successful third-generation business. She is the motivation behind the enhancement of my language skills (truly capturing Arabic, French and English languages) and the hobbies we enjoy (such as playing the piano).

I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University in 2014 and currently hold the position of supply chain director at Globe Group, as well as finance director at Abduljawad Holding Co.

Abduljawad Holding is the investment arm of our business conglomerate, Globe Group. Globe is one of the most established logistics and transportation companies in the region and was founded by my late grandfather Fareed Abduljawad in 1976.

My journey at Globe started very early in my teens, when I enjoyed spending time with my father at the office and learning the trade. I realized with age that no matter how much corporate governance we tried to follow in the company, our code of ethics was very similar to values we were taught at home.

Nothing is given to you on a plate; you need to work hard and earn every merit. Globe is a company that was here before I was born, and we want to ensure it is around for the next generation, stronger and more successful than ever.

Because of our family nature, we tend also to treat our employees as family and end up being one big family running an operation. This goes back to how I was brought up with my siblings; we are much stronger as a team than as one.

Who do I aspire to be? An established, global and successful businesswoman leading the family name and business for the next generation to come, hopefully one day as the CFO.