‘Moments’ photo contest announces shortlist

A shortlisted entry for the ‘Moments’ photo contest. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 30 October 2018
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‘Moments’ photo contest announces shortlist

National Geographic Abu Dhabi, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Media and Almarai, has announced the short-listed photographs for the 8th edition of its “Moments” photography competition. It is one of the largest photography contests in the region, established to nurture the talent of aspiring photographers from around the Arab world. 

“Moments” is held in partnership with Almarai, which has been a strategic supporter of this platform for the last five years as part of its CSR program and shared vision of nurturing young talent from the Middle East. 

Sixty-four photographs have been shortlisted for this year’s edition by the judging panel comprising Tasneem Sultan, a Saudi award-winning National Geographic photographer, and Hussam R. Abdulqader, chief marketing officer of Almarai.

The 2018 competition received a record 40,000 entries from Algeria all the way to Saudi Arabia. There was a marked increase of entries from the GCC this year, with several short-listed photographs from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Oman. The competition’s final winner will be announced next month at an event in Dubai. 

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 has become a unique platform for young artists to express their talent. The success of the competition is evident in the growing number of entries and quality of images. 

“At Abu Dhabi Media, we are committed and proud to support this competition, reflecting our support for all segments of society, especially youth, offering them platforms such as this one to express their creativity and ideas.” 

Abdulqader of Almarai said: “Year on year, we are seeing photographs with increasingly powerful storytelling. Many of this year’s photographs are living portraits of the stories of the region, historical, cultural and social stories, but above all human stories. Making a decision on the winning photograph will be very difficult, as there is a lot of talent that deserves to win.”

Sanjay Raina, general manager and senior vice president of Fox Networks Groups (FNG), said: “At National Geographic Abu Dhabi, our mission is not only to share across our platforms stories of exploration, adventure, travel and life through the lens of our photographers and cinematographers, but we want to encourage everyone to go out and be the explorers, the adventurers and the travelers who uncover these moments and bring their stories to the region and to the world.”

The grand prize winner will receive a 10-day all-expenses-paid National Geographic photography expedition trip to Italy, courtesy of Almarai, photography equipment and complimentary travel to the Moments Awards Ceremony in Dubai. 


Golden Gate Developers unveils newest project

Golden Gate will be developed over 140,000 square meters providing views of the waterfront and iconic Bahraini landmarks.
Updated 13 November 2018
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Golden Gate Developers unveils newest project

Golden Gate Developers launched their residential development project Golden Gate on Saturday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Bahrain Bay. The project is a result of a joint venture between Bahraini-based company Kooheji Golden Gate and Indian real estate companies Ajmera Realty and Mayfair Housing.

The launch event was open to the public, who had an exclusive first look at the property in its entirety. Guests were also treated to a 360-degree virtual reality tour, where they were able to walk through the property and have a virtual experience of living in their homes. 

Chairman of Kooheji Golden Gate Ishaq Al-Kooheji said: “The innovation and creativity that we have shown will only propel Bahrain into the spotlight, making the Kingdom an exemplar of excellence in the real estate industry.”

Manoj Ajmera, managing director of Ajmera Realty, said: “We are thrilled with the way the launch has taken off and are expecting only bigger and greater successes for the Golden Gate project and our growing relationship with the Kingdom of Bahrain.”

Real estate firms Ajmera Realty and Mayfair Housing have delivered a number of commercial and residential spaces in India.

This partnership aims at fostering a long-lasting relationship between these two nations and attracting more foreign investment into the country. 

The property will be situated in the heart of Bahrain Bay, one of the most desirable locations for residential and commercial developments in the country where amenities and transport links are easily accessible for residents to enjoy. Golden Gate will be developed over 140,000 square meters providing views of the waterfront and iconic Bahraini landmarks.

The project will feature a “modernistic interpretation of traditional architecture” and aims to become the tallest residential towers in the country, consisting of two towers with 45 and 53 stories and a total of 746 luxurious apartments, starting at 45,000 Bahraini Dinar ($119,380). The development fuses both Bahraini and Indian cultures, paying homage to their rich cultural backgrounds. 

Nayan Shah, chairman of Mayfair Housing, said: “Bahrain was a great choice for our first international venture as Golden Gate Developers, and Bahrain Bay was the best place to begin our journey. We are impressed with the country’s business-friendly mentality and strong work ethic, which enabled us to create possibilities such as the Golden Gate project, which we hope to make a prestigious landmark.”