Make the most of Spotify Free with these 5 features

Spotify offers over 3 billion playlists for every mood and moment, including a range of locally curated playlists, all available on the free tier.
Updated 27 March 2019
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Make the most of Spotify Free with these 5 features

Spotify launched across MENA in November with a fully Arabic user experience and over 3 billion playlists for every mood and moment, including a range of locally curated playlists, all available on the free tier.

Here are five “must-use” features on Spotify Free, as listed by the audio streaming platform:

1. Taste Onboarding 

After you first download and sign in to the free Spotify app, you will be prompted to choose five or more artists you like. This allows Spotify to learn about your favorite artists, songs and genres so it can recommend songs based on your music preferences. 

2. On-Demand Playlists 

Data from your streaming activity along with insights from your initial Taste Onboarding are used to offer access to 15 personalized and curated playlists particular to your music taste. On-Demand Playlists offer a broad mix of genres from “Today’s Top Arabic Hits” to “RapCaviar,” and allows the user to play songs in any order and skip as much as they like.

3. Assisted playlisting 

Making your own playlist? Just start with a title, and then choose a few tracks. Spotify will then start recommending songs for you to add to the playlist with the tap of a button. 

4. Data Saver

Some music fans may be concerned about mobile data costs or data availability in their country. Spotify’s Data Saver mode means that music streams at a lower bit rate so you can listen to more music with less worry. 

5. Like and hide

By using the “like” and “hide” buttons, you will get recommendations tailored just for you. All the songs, artists, albums and playlists that you “like” by tapping the heart icon will appear in a new playlist called “Your Favorites.” On the other hand, tapping the “hide” icon will ensure you do not have to hear that song or others similar to it.


‘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.