KAPSARC, GCCIA to develop electricity market in GCC

The MoU was signed by Saad Alqarni, KAPSARC communications director, and Ahmed Al-Ebrahim, chief executive officer of GCCIA.
Updated 01 January 2019

KAPSARC, GCCIA to develop electricity market in GCC

The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Gulf Cooperation Interconnection Authority (GCCIA), on the sidelines of the 8th Saudi Arabia Smart Grid Conference to enhance collaborative, impactful research within the electric power sector and to develop the electricity market in the GCC. 

The collaboration will involve joint work on research and conferences related to developing the GCC electricity power market.

Along with focusing on developing policies and insights, the joint research collaboration will examine the key issues affecting electricity market integration within the GCC and MENA region, and propose solutions to help accelerate the electricity trade market.

The MoU was signed by Saad Alqarni, KAPSARC communications director, and Ahmed Al-Ebrahim, chief executive officer of GCCIA. Alqarni highlighted the importance of the partnership as it aligns with the goals of Vision 2030 and underlined KAPSARC’s strategic focus on increasing its partnerships with major players in the energy sector.

“KAPSARC’s research collaboration with the GCCIA will facilitate continued progress toward regional electricity market integration by providing decision-makers in the region with insights into both the challenges and the opportunities,” said Alqarni.

‘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.