Launched: Saudi Star Drift Championship 2018

The 5th Saudi Star Drift Championship was announced in a press conference in Jeddah recently. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 09 October 2018
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Launched: Saudi Star Drift Championship 2018

The 5th Saudi Star Drift Championship has been announced in a press conference in Jeddah on Monday.

The Kingdom-wide championship is organized by Abdullah Bakhashab, Saudi motorsport developer, under the patronage of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF) and is sponsored by Nissan Saudi Arabia, Petromin, Mix FM radio and Intro.

Bader Al-Hussami, CEO of Nissan Saudi Arabia, addressed the press conference, saying: “We, at Nissan Saudi Arabia, devote our efforts to make it easy to enjoy owning and driving sports cars for all motorsport fans. Our passion is to achieve success on the racetrack with our knowledge and experience.”

He added: “We aim to provide an interesting experience for the drivers of Nissan cars, and thus, we support and sponsor motorsport events such as the Saudi Star Drift Championship, which aims to develop motorsports in Saudi Arabia. This is in addition to the great attention and participation of a large number of youths who want to compete and develop their talents and skills in driving sports cars; we remain committed to supporting these youths to create a positive impact on their lives and communities.”

Sameer Nawar, CEO of Petromin, said the sponsorship of the event falls within Petromin’s strategy of supporting various youth and sports activities that are safe and secure. “Through this we are sending a message to young people about the importance of practicing this sport in special places built for this purpose in order to protect their lives and the lives of other road users,” he said.

“Petromin is keen to be among the first companies to support the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to raise the level of sports in the Kingdom. We were the first company to organize a karting race for women; we also sponsored many motorsport events, which are popular among youth and are held under the direct supervision of the SAMF,” Nawar added.

Bakhashab explained that every round in the championship will include four categories, namely: Professional, Advanced, Amateur, and Nissan.  The 1st round of the championship will kick off on Oct. 12 at King Abdullah Park. The 2nd round will kick off at Alkhobar Corniche on Oct. 26, and will be followed by the 3rd round in Riyadh on Nov. 23. 

The 4th round will take place in Jeddah on Dec. 19, while the championship finals will be held in Jeddah on Dec. 20.

Bakhashab said: “The drift races have become wildly popular and attract a large number of audiences and participants alike, thereby raising the level of professionalism of the participating teams and attracting companies’ support.” 

He added: “On this occasion, I would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to Nissan, Petromin Oils, Mix FM radio and Intro for their participation and sponsorship.”


‘Moments’ photo contest celebrates souqs of Middle East

Updated 19 June 2019
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‘Moments’ photo contest celebrates souqs of Middle East

National Geographic Abu Dhabi (NGAD) and Almarai have announced the ninth edition of “Moments,” the annual regional photography competition calling all aspiring photographers from around the Arab world. 

The competition provides the winning contestants a chance to learn from National Geographic photography experts through a photography travel expedition.

The 2019 “Moments” edition is themed around the souks of the Middle East and invites photographers from the region to capture the diversity and stories of markets from around the Arab world, which have been at the heart of the region’s culture and history.

The competition is held in partnership with Almarai, which has been a strategic supporter of this platform for the last six years as part of a shared vision of nurturing youth and talent from the Middle East.

“Moments” will feature a returning category this year for photographers aged 13-17.

Almarai has been a strategic partner of the competition since 2014.

Abdulrahman Awadh Al-Harthi, acting executive director of television and executive director of Abu Dhabi Radio Network at Abu Dhabi Media, said: “The ‘Moments’ photography competition is part of our continued commitment toward nurturing talents across all segments of society and encouraging the community especially youth to express their creativity and reach their highest potential.

“The great success of the competition gives us a new challenge to ensure we reach the largest number of applicants from diverse backgrounds and give them the platform to express their creativity and stories to be shared across the region.” 

Al-Harthi commended National Geographic Abu Dhabi’s strive for leadership and influence toward professional and amateur photographers in the region. 

Hussam R. Abdulqader, CMO of Almarai, said: “We are delighted to be renewing our partnership with National Geographic Abu Dhabi for the 9th edition of the ‘Moments’ photography competition, through which we aim to inspire, encourage and celebrate youth across the Middle East and support them to achieve their highest potential through the art of photography.”

He added: “We remain committed to developing the photography industry in the communities we serve, and to providing opportunities for youth to flourish creatively and professionally as we have done across a wide spectrum of platforms as well.”

Attracting over 200,000 entries since its inception from across the Middle East and North Africa, “Moments” is part of a regional photography talent platform developed by National Geographic Abu Dhabi to promote and nurture local talents and help give them a voice and a platform to showcase the region and what they have.

This year’s judging committee will comprised Almarai CMO Abdulqader as well as Muhammed Muheisen, a National Geographic photographer, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, and founder of Dutch non-profit organization Everyday Refugees Foundation.

In this year’s competition, each story will carry with it an authentic, detailed and complete description of the image.