Nickelodeon unveils Kids’ Choice Awards Abu Dhabi nominations

Singer Camila Cabello has been nominated in the ‘Favorite International Star’ category.
Updated 11 August 2019

Nickelodeon unveils Kids’ Choice Awards Abu Dhabi nominations

Nickelodeon and the Department of Culture and Tourism — Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) have announced all categories and nominees for the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Abu Dhabi 2019. The categories will award and celebrate kids’ favorites across the worlds of movies, television, music, sport, gaming, digital platforms and more. 

Nickelodeon has rolled out a new voting mechanism, leading up to the show on Sept. 20, when the winners will be revealed. For the first time in the market, kids will have the power to choose their favorite artist to win in each category by casting their votes on Nickelodeon’s digital site (https://kca.nickelodeonarabia.com/), on Instagram using the hashtag of their favorite nominee or via the Nickelodeon Play app. 

The Kids’ Choice Awards Abu Dhabi 2019 is part of a wider program of activations organized by DCT Abu Dhabi, which will bring a series of activities for kids and families to the city, including the new World of Nickelodeon. It is a three-day Nickelodeon activation that will include two musical performances from local artists. At the World of Nickelodeon, families will be able to interact with their favorite cartoon characters and experience the real world of Nickelodeon from Sept. 19 until Sept. 21. Both the awards show and the World of Nickelodeon will take place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. 

Tickets to attend the first Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Abu Dhabi and the World of Nickelodeon are limited and will sell out fast, according to organizers. 

Those interested can stay up to date on all Kids’ Choice Awards Abu Dhabi 2019 news by liking Nickelodeon on Facebook, Instagram and following the official hashtags: #KCAAD2019, #KidsChoiceAwardsAbuDhabi2019, #NickelodeonArabia, and #InAbuDhabi.


Positive social impact of COVID-19 in KSA: Survey

Updated 12 August 2020

Positive social impact of COVID-19 in KSA: Survey

A survey commissioned by Al-Aghar Group, an independent Saudi think tank, in partnership with global management consultancy Kearney, has revealed that most thought leaders and decision-makers in the Kingdom anticipate that COVID-19 will be a positive accelerant of the transformation already underway in the Kingdom. The survey focused specifically on the social impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the Kingdom through 2025.

Respondents believed that COVID-19 is accelerating the advent of the “future of work” in the Kingdom and more than 65 percent see this as fundamentally positive. About 69 percent see the growing need for the retraining of employees as positive, spurring national adaptation to the new normal. However, the survey also revealed some concerns regarding the security of formal employment and self-employment, with 37 percent seeing the effect of the crisis as negative.

Most survey respondents (70 percent) expect education in the Kingdom to undergo a positive transformation with the adoption of new, innovative, and inclusive modes of learning.

Seventy-eight percent of the respondents believe that the impact of the pandemic on the health care in the Kingdom through 2025 will be highly beneficial.

Fifty-eight percent of respondents believe there will be a wide adoption of telemedicine services in the Kingdom in the near future, as patients gain greater comfort and confidence in this method of consultation with their health providers.

Most respondents believe the health crisis has accelerated the process of digital transformation in the country, particularly in the finance and retail sectors. Seventy-five percent of respondents see the anticipated wider prevalence of e-commerce as positive, and 89 percent see as positive increasing use of cashless payments for face-to-face transactions by 2025.

By 2025, 78 percent of respondents expect that COVID-19 will lead to a significant and welcome (83 percent) step change in government preparedness for future crises. Meanwhile, 68 percent of respondents anticipate a significant impact on government information-sharing and 65 percent anticipate a moderate, but positive change in the willingness of citizens to contribute toward government efforts.

Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Saud, chairman, Al-Aghar Group, said: “Saudi Arabia has a proud history of resilience and has thrived even in the most challenging situations. While this pandemic has severely affected us all, the survey results confirm the depth of our intention to use this current situation to accelerate our national progress.”

Rudolph Lohmeyer, partner and head of National Transformations Institute at Kearney Middle East, said: “The survey results clearly reveal the deep, optimistic resilience of the Saudi people and their implicit commitment to the Kingdom’s national transformation. Despite the near-term hardships caused by the crisis, respondents anticipate that the most significant medium-term impacts will be positive.”