Samaco opens new Audi Center in Riyadh

The opening ceremony was attended by the directors of Audi Middle East, Audi Formula E race team officials and drivers participating in the first round of the season, Audi enthusiasts, customers and the media.
Updated 25 December 2018

Samaco opens new Audi Center in Riyadh

Samaco Automotive Company, the exclusive dealer for Audi cars in Saudi Arabia, has announced the opening of its new integrated center in Riyadh. The facility is part of the company’s strategic expansion plans in Saudi Arabia.

The opening ceremony was attended by the directors of Audi Middle East, Audi Formula E race team officials and drivers participating in the first round of the season, Audi enthusiasts, customers and the media. Guests got an opportunity to view the new Audi e-tron FE05 Formula E race car. 

The new Audi Center, located in the heart of Riyadh’s commercial district, has a total area of 2,335 square meters. The company invested over SR20 million ($5.3 million) in the construction of the facility, which consists of administrative offices, a car showroom that can accommodate up to 18 new cars and an additional ground floor area dedicated to Audi Approved :plus pre–owned cars.

Kerem Tas, general manager of the Audi brand at SAMACO Automotive, said: “We wanted to coincide the launch of the opening round of Formula E championship with the opening of our integrated Audi Center in Riyadh and especially highlight our Audi Sports showroom.”

Our range of Audi Sport models demonstrates outstanding performance and we are honored to be able to share this experience with the Audi Formula E championship winning team and our customers.”

‘Moments’ photo contest celebrates souqs of Middle East

Updated 19 June 2019

‘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.