‘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. 


Lamborghini wows luxury car show in Jeddah

Updated 24 March 2019
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Lamborghini wows luxury car show in Jeddah

Lamborghini Saudi Arabia participated in the EXCS International Luxury Motor Show, which was held in Jeddah March 14-17.
Wayne Banoub, COO of Samaco Automotive Company, the exclusive dealer of Lamborghini in the Kingdom, said: “Lamborghini cars are known worldwide as one of the most sophisticated cars, this famous brand has wide recognition in Saudi Arabia in particular and in the region in general; in view of its deep roots, elegance and development, it is one of the first luxury car brands that appeared in the Saudi market.”
Banoub said Lamborghini’s sales have doubled in Saudi Arabia since Samaco acquired its distribution rights last year.
“Over the years, this brand has played hard to fortify its place in the market and achieve a substantial portion in the market of luxury sports cars. Since Samaco got its dealership in Saudi Arabia, its sales have doubled and even exceeded our quota.”
Launched in 2018, the Urus is the world’s first sport SUV, delivering best-in-class lightweight technologies, with innovation in design and engineering.
The Urus features a 4.0 liter V8 twin-turbo engine delivering 650 hp at 6,000 rpm, maximum 6,800 rpm, and 850 Nm of maximum torque already at 2,250 rpm. With 162.7 hp/l, the Urus claims one of the highest power outputs in its class and the best weight-to-power ratio.
Claimed as the Nürburgring-Nordschleife production car record holder, completing a 20.6 km lap in just 6:44.97 minutes, the Aventador SVJ is fitted with a naturally aspirated V12 engine which produces 770 HP and torque of 720 Nm partied with a 7-speed automatic transmission model ISR.
The Aventador SVJ is designed to achieve high performance and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/hour in 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 350 km/hour. The car is limited to 900 production units only.
The 12th edition of EXCS was held amid intense competition in the Saudi luxury car sector. The motor show provides a platform for luxury car companies and dealers in Saudi Arabia to showcase the latest models that arrived in the Kingdom during the year.
The luxury car sector is one of the fastest growing sectors of the automotive industry in Saudi Arabia, thanks to the increasing demand for this category of vehicles.
Lamborghini Car Owners Club organized a visit for a number of the club members to Lamborghini’s pavilion at the International Luxury Motor Show, where they interacted with other visitors, discussing the many features of Lamborghini cars.