Month: May 2016

Mind Speaks : Life As I See

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I was scanning my archives for a set of old photos and suddenly this particular photo came up. It was from a recent series of click that I had made while visiting a village close to Whitefield in Bangalore. The house reminded me of my college days in Madras. A one bed room sharing accommodation that me and my friends took. It was a very small facility with bathroom, kitchen, our beds, study everything combined and congested into the small space that was available. Even with all the limitations,  it was a luxury for us and of course many. Life during that time, we made it as lively as possible. During class time we studied, but during evenings we did not miss out on any enjoyment opportunities that either came on our way or we created. Cycling, biking, movies, long rides… so many things done during those days where brought back with one look at this house in a totally dilapidated condition. It was serious business as well as fun to meet our limited budget and stay outside the hostel and live a life King Size, as the famous tobacco ad during those time promoted!

Life goes on!

A Passionate Photographers Friday Morning

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A friday morning

Friday morning for most of the expats are time to sleep long and wake up late. However, for some of us, it is another morning to use efficiently and effectively for community service and passion.

Early morning food preparation for participating in the food distribution project and then off to distribute it. This morning, I thought, why not combine it with one of my favorite activities, i.e cycling.

No second thoughts. Off without any delay on my cycle. How can I go anywhere, without my camera. Obviously, it was with me when I started to ride.

Abu Dhabi, on a Friday morning is really quite and beautiful to capture. There is an air of silence and serenity everywhere.

I had experienced it many times as I find the early morning hours are the best to go for a solo photography ride.

It is the start of summer and the palm trees are getting ready to ripen!  A closer look and I good witness the reminiscence of a Premier League that might have happened yesterday evening!. Have a closer look and many of you might recollect and remember your childhood days when you played cricket with the leaf base of coconut tree!.

Clicking along, I continued my ride. Another weekend, another opportunity to continue my passion not missing an opportunity to serve the community.

Classical Dance performance by Prateeksha Kashi

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Prateeksha Kashi at Soorya Festival Abu Dhabi

Happy to see the amazing classical performance of Prateeksha Kashi for Soorya Festival 2016 held at India Social and Cultural Centre Abu Dhabi. The event was organised by UAE Exchange. Well done. I couldn’t resist clicking some photos of her talented and graceful presentation. A full fledged review on it is under preparation. Wait to read it.

Countdown to Passionate Photographs of INDIA – Photography competition

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Passionate Photographs of INDIA

Exclusive photography competition to showcase Beautiful INDIA

On the occasion of ISC-IPEF Travel & Tourism Expo 2016  being held on 20th & 21st May 2016 at ISC Abu Dhabi

For all Passionate photographers of any age with an attitude of participating in a community event which may lead to a winning moment in their life!

Send us photos and videos (maximum 2 minute length) that you have captured during your visit to India. Photos taken using Mobile and professional cameras accepted. Awesome prizes to win!

Email your entries to: talentshare2016@gmail.com

Include the following details : Name, Age, Address, email, phone and a few words about the location and camera or phone you used to click.

Simultaneously post the photos and videos to Passionate Photographers group on Facebook with hashtags

#passionatephotographers  and #ISC-IPEF-TravelTourismExpo2016

Brought to you by: Passionate Photographers & Team 1 TalentShare

Entries close: 19th May 2016

  • All entries will be showcased at the venue during ISC-IPEF Travel Tourism Expo 2016
  • Photographs from every Indian State welcomed and there will be State wise special prizes for best submissions.
  • Participants are requested to submit photographs that are un-manipulated and real, and that capture their special moments in India.

Adnoc set to move towards corporate culture with new regime

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Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s chief executive, Sultan Al Jaber, has revamped Adnoc’s leadership and announced a new corporate regime, as a further signal that he intends to move quickly to transform corporate culture at the state oil company.

Changes at the top include Abdulaziz Abdulla Alhajri, who has been named director of Adnoc’s refining and petrochemicals divi­sion, moving from chief executive of Borouge, Adnoc’s joint venture petrochemicals company with Austria’s Borealis.

Omar Suwaina Al Suwaidi has been tapped to lead the gas divi­sion, moving from his role as deputy director of planning and strategy.

The Adnoc directors are the top executive level under the chief executive and the two new appointments join previously announced director of sales and marketing, Abdulla Salem Al Dhaheri, and director of exploration and production, Abdul Munim Saif Al Kindy.

Adnoc also named new chiefs for six of its 18 operating units, including Adco and Adma-Opco, the joint ventures in charge of the bulk of the emirate’s oil output.

“These new appointments will help enhance our focus on the key pillars of performance, profitability, efficiency and people,” said Mr Al Jaber, referring to the “strategic pillars” he set out soon after being named Adnoc’s chief executive in January.

The newly-appointed executives all come from within Adnoc and the widespread change is aimed at elevating a generation of technocrats who have proved themselves running ­other companies or projects within the group.

At the same time, Mr Al Jaber has told his top executives that there will be a new corporate regime that will require them to operate as “active asset man­agers”, which will entail holding the operating company chiefs to account for meeting specific operational and financial targets.

The model will be akin to that used by private sector outfits like GE, or indeed some of the major international oil com­panies, whereby operating company chiefs are called upon to deliver regular reports on progress against a set of “key performance indicators” to ensure goals are met on a tight schedule.

The new leadership “will play a fundamental role in executing on our strategic imperatives of creating a more profitable upstream business and a more valuable downstream business, ensuring more gas supply, and developing world-class talent”, Mr Al Jaber said, adding that safety and operational integrity of the oil and gasfields will remain key criteria.

The new regime is a departure from Adnoc’s traditional “cash call” approach, where the operating companies ran budgets more like government bureaucracies. At the operating level, Saif Ahmed Al Ghafli is named chief of Adco, the main onshore oil company, which has a target of increasing output from 1.6 million barrels per day at the end of 2014 to 1.8 million bpd by about 2018.

Mr Al Ghafli is considered to have done a good job bringing online last year the huge US$10 billion Shah sour gasfield project in his previous job as chief of Al Hosn, the joint venture with Occidental Petroleum.

Shah ramped up gas production last year to target output of 1 billion standard cubic feet per day, about half of which goes into the gas grid to meet 10 per cent of the UAE’s current demand. It also broke new ground in terms of dealing with a world-record level of hydrogen sulphide, the by-product of which is marketable sulphur.

Yasser Saeed Al Mazrouei is named the new chief of Adma-Opco, which runs a large portion of the offshore oil production, with partners BP, Total and Jodco, which hold a collective 40 per cent of the concession. Together with Zadco, the joint venture with ExxonMobil and Jodco, the overall offshore target is to increase output from 1.4 million bpd to 1.7 million bpd.

While most of the executives being replaced were at or past retirement age, Adnoc executives said the CEO wanted to move quickly to demonstrate to the company’s nearly 50,000 employees that he is serious about implementing a “performance” culture, with promotion driven by results.

“It is a huge cultural shift,” said an Adnoc senior executive, who did not wish to be named. “It’s not like it is going to work overnight, where people say, ‘boom, I’m suddenly thinking that way’. But it should be very clear now that Adnoc’s top executives are going to focus on performance.”

Adnoc executives made it clear that the changes are not a precursor to plans for any privatisation, in the manner that Saudi Arabia’s leaders have put a partial sale of state oil company Aram­co on the table.

“That will never happen,” said an insider, although he would not rule out a spinoff of some downstream joint ventures at some point.

But the main objective of the moves is to create a culture at Abu Dhabi’s biggest employer which drives innovation, entrepreneurship and other skills that the country has been looking to foster for decades, with varying success.

The more demanding regime, it is hoped, will create business-minded leaders who can thrive both within Adnoc as well as fostering young talent who can branch off and start new businesses outside the organisation.

Changes at Adnoc:

  • Abdulaziz Abdulla Alhajri, director of refining and petrochemicals directorate.

Previously, Mr Alhajri was chief executive of Borouge, the Adnoc petrochemicals joint venture with Borealis, itself an Ipic/OMV joint venture.

  • Omar Suwaina Al Suwaidi, director gas management directorate.

Former deputy director of strategy & coordination, and formally in the exploration and development directorate, responsible for Adco operations and developments.

  • Abdulla Salem Al Dhaheri, sales and marketing directorate, previously announced.
  • Abdul Munim Saif Al Kindy, director of exploration development and production, previously announced.

New CEO appointments:

  • Ali Khalifa Al Shamsi, CEO of Yahsat joint venture with China National Petroleum Corp.

Previously director of strategy & coordination for Adnoc.

  • Saif Sultan Al Nasseri, CEO Gasco

Previously gas processing dir­ector for Adnoc. Mr Al Nasseri has been with Adnoc for almost 20 years, holding a variety of key management roles.

  • Saif Ahmed Al Ghafli, CEO of Adco

Previously chief executive, Abu Dhabi Gas Development Company Limited (Al Hosn gas).

  • Ahmed Omar Abdulla, CEO of Borouge

Formerly chief operating officer of Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer).

  • Mansour Mohamed Al Meh­airbi, CEO of Al Hosn Gas

Previously senior vice president for projects at Al Hosn Gas.

  • Yasser Saeed Al Mazrouei, CEO of Adma-Opco

Formerly deputy director of E&P within the exploration and production directorate Adnoc.

News source: The National

Passionate Photographs of INDIA – photography competition

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Passionate Photographs of INDIA

Exclusive photography competition to showcase Beautiful INDIA

On the occasion of ISC-IPEF Travel & Tourism Expo 2016  being held on 20th & 21st May 2016 at ISC Abu Dhabi

For all Passionate photographers of any age with an attitude of participating in a community event which may lead to a winning moment in their life!

Send us photos and videos (maximum 2 minute length) that you have captured during your visit to India. Photos taken using Mobile and professional cameras accepted. Awesome prizes to win!

Email your entries to: talentshare2016@gmail.com

Include the following details : Name, Age, Address, email, phone and a few words about the location and camera or phone you used to click.

Simultaneously post the photos and videos to Passionate Photographers group on Facebook with hashtags

#passionatephotographers  and #ISC-IPEF-TravelTourismExpo2016

Brought to you by: Passionate Photographers & Team 1 TalentShare

Entries close: 19th May 2016

  • All entries will be showcased at the venue during ISC-IPEF Travel Tourism Expo 2016
  • Photographs from every Indian State welcomed and there will be State wise special prizes for best submissions.
  • Participants are requested to submit photographs that are un-manipulated and real, and that capture their special moments in India.