GDA hosts industry experts at Bahrain Capital Club

The Gulf Downstream Association (GDA) hosted a gathering of prominent business leaders and industry experts at the Bahrain Capital Club on Monday.
Updated 25 June 2019

GDA hosts industry experts at Bahrain Capital Club

The Gulf Downstream Association (GDA) hosted a gathering of prominent business leaders and industry experts at the Bahrain Capital Club on Monday to discuss the power of collaboration and knowledge sharing and how to harness it for continued and sustainable development of the GCC and global downstream industry.

The evening consisted of networking and a presentation delivered by GDA Secretary General Audah Al-Ahmadi, titled “A New Initiative for Knowledge Sharing.”

During his talk, Al-Ahmadi provided an overview of the association and the principles and objectives on which it is founded. In 2016, GDA was established by a Cabinet resolution in Bahrain and is supported by its founding companies, the national oil companies of the GCC region, which include Saudi Aramco, Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI), Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) Refining. The primary aim of GDA is fostering engagement and aggregating the wealth of knowledge that lies scattered across the GCC and global downstream industries in order to accelerate development via its platform for industry collaboration and knowledge-sharing. 

Al-Ahmadi encouraged industry players to join the organization to capitalize on the vast experience and knowledge GDA and its membership have to offer.

Saudi women boost Volkswagen sales in KSA

Updated 16 July 2019

Saudi women boost Volkswagen sales in KSA

Samaco Automotive Company, the exclusive dealer for Volkswagen in Saudi Arabia, has announced a boost in sales to women following the first anniversary of women’s driving in the Kingdom. 

A milestone for women across the country with almost 50,000 driver licenses issued so far, the dealer has welcomed female drivers through the doors and as a result has experienced an increase in sales specifically to women, accounting for 25 percent of total sales so far for 2019. 

According to Samaco, the Volkswagen Tiguan is the No.1 choice for women and is preferred for its functionality and safety features. The Tiguan is closely followed by a popular car for larger families, the seven-seater Teramont — an SUV kitted with cutting-edge design and smart technology. 

Mohammed Moussa, general manager for Volkswagen at Samaco, said: “We are hugely proud to be a part of this exciting time for women across the country. Our increase in sales speak for themselves and we are honored to be the preferred choice for so many women and their families. With outstanding new models such as the latest Touareg and Teramont and the ever popular Tiguan, we have no doubt that Volkswagen will continue to play an exciting part of people’s journey to getting out onto the roads across Saudi Arabia.”

The increase in female Volkswagen owners in the Kingdom resulted in the first women’s car club forming earlier this year. Central to the creation of the club was Ammal Farhat, who has always been passionate about gender equality. She said the Volkswagen Women’s Car Club represents exactly that. 

“We were given the opportunity to drive a year ago and what a difference that year has made for thousands of women across Saudi Arabia. The Volkswagen Women’s Car Club unites us in a way that we never thought possible before. Now that we can get behind the wheel, we feel more empowered and have a greater sense of independence and control over our own lives,” said Farhat.

Samaco Automotive is the exclusive dealer of Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche cars in Saudi Arabia. The company provides a full range of services incorporating sales of new and pre-owned cars and commercial vehicles, leasing and full after-sales support with a dedicated service and parts team located at its showrooms and workshops in Jeddah, Riyadh and Alkhobar.