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Young ADIPEC – Photography Competition for students in UAE

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One more day to click and One more day to submit.
Do not miss out on this opportunity for your child to participate. Attractive prizes and recognition awaits during the special ceremony at Young ADIPEC pavilion during ADIPEC 2014.
For more information, please visit Young ADIPEC

Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi launches Dugong Education and Awareness Campaign

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Awareness campaign sponsored by Total and Total Abu Al Bukhoosh (ABK)-
Abu Dhabi, October 20, 2014: The Environment Agency –Abu Dhabi (EAD), in partnership with Total and Total Abu Al Bukhoosh (ABK), launched the dugong education and awareness campaign today at Al Mamoura Auditorium, at EAD’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi. The campaigns aims to raise awareness on the current threats that affect the dugong population found in Abu Dhabi, and how to provide the dugongs with a safe haven to live and breed.

During the kick-off of the campaign, Ahmed Baharoon, EAD’s Executive Director, Environmental Information, Science & Outreach Management spoke on behalf of H.E. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General of EAD, and Mr. Sultan Al Hajji, Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Total E&P UAE, emphasised the importance of their continuous joint efforts in conserving the dugong population, protecting its habitat, and monitoring and studying their biological and geographical distribution in the UAE’s waters.

Commenting on the launch of the campaign, H.E. Al Mubarak, Secretary General of EAD, said: “Through this campaign, we aim to raise environmental awareness and educate the community on the importance of protecting the dugongs, as the UAE waters are home to the second-largest population of this species in the world. Through the support of Total and Total ABK, EAD is successfully implementing its Dugong Conservation Programme, enabling the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to provide a safe haven for this migrating species and making the UAE for a leader in global dugong conservational efforts.”

Throughout the coming months, EAD, Total, and Total ABK, will organise interactive educational workshops and information campaigns to educate middle-school and high-school students, the fishing community and boat owners in Abu Dhabi and the Western Region, shoreline industries and the general public. The campaign will also include a public outreach programme through EAD’s social media platforms, along with a number of family-oriented entertaining and educational activities in November 2014, to be held at Mushrif Mall in Abu Dhabi.

Dr Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Executive Director of Terrestrial and Marine Biodiversity at EAD, commented: “Since 1999, EAD, Total, and Total ABK, have collaborated in conducting detailed studies on the local dugong population. These studies have provided our teams with the data that helps us better understand the behaviour and threats against the dugong population. Dugongs are an endangered species and could be threatened with extinction unless we conserve their habitat and prevent human interference.”

“One of the most important elements of our conservation efforts is to inform and educate the public about marine life found in Abu Dhabi. Through this campaign, we work together in order to protect the dugong population,” Dr. Al Dhaheri added.

Mr. Hatem Nuseibeh, President Total E&P UAE and Group Representative in the UAE, commented, “Total UAE and Total Abu Al Bukhoosh are proud to be an ardent supporter in EAD’s dugong conservation program by exclusively sponsoring since its launch in 1999. Thanks to EAD’s efforts, today Abu Dhabi is a leader of international repute hosting the Dugong Secretariat of Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) under United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Since 1939, Total has established a solid partnership with the authorities and people of the UAE by sharing technology and innovation, environment protection, capacity building of Emiratis and aligning with the vision of the wise leadership of the UAE. We have an unwavering commitment for the benefit of the UAE.”

Mr. Sultan Al Hajji, Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Total E&P UAE, said, “Both Total and Total ABK as responsible energy companies, contribute to the welfare of the host country in all aspects including environment conservation. Under the wise leadership of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates and the guidance of H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Total UAE and Total Abu Al Bukhoosh demonstrate their solidarity by partnering with EAD in the noble cause of preserving the delicate biodiversity of the Emirates. This is one of the ways of expressing our sincere gratitude and appreciation for the UAE.”


Significant effort has been made by the UAE and EAD in the conservation of the dugong population. In 2002, EAD banned drift net fishing practices in shallow waters to prevent dugongs and turtles from becoming entangled in the nets. On a national front, the UAE issued Federal Law No. 23 and 24 in 1999 to protect dugongs from exploitation. In support of international efforts, the UAE was one of the first Middle Eastern countries to sign the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) agreement in 2007 on the conservation and management of dugongs and their habitat. The Dugong Memorandum of Understanding, which falls under International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), is implemented through the CMS Secretariat office hosted by EAD since 2009 on behalf of the UAE’s Government.

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Time to click – Gulf Today, Short Take Dated 18 October 2014

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Time to click


Modern technology gives plenty of options for children to develop several hobbies. At times, I really wonder how children learn things on their own within no time.
The other day, I was attending a function and noticed a young girl sitting next to her mother. She was restless as the programme was meant for adults and she had tagged along her mother.
However, I knew from her actions that she was listening to the speech carefully. As it progressed, I watched her taking her mother’s Android phone. She opened in it an application to take photos. The next thing I saw was her taking a photo of the stage and the speaker. In no time, she edited the photo in different ways, added graphics and text and made a collage out of it. Sitting and watching her closely from behind, I was wonderstruck. How children expresses their mind in many different ways!
Photography is an ideal opportunity for children and adults to express their creativity. It is a way of looking things with a positive frame of mind. I also believe that photography is a way of putting your stamp on history. Every photo you click is an item added to the history of our life or even the world. We can never recreate the same again. The light, the expression and even the air pattern may change in the next second and you can never reproduce the same effect again.
In order to promote photography interest and also to create interest in the architectural history of Abu Dhabi, a photography competition is organised by the ADIPEC.
The theme “Abu Dhabi Architecture” encourages young photographers to uncover the splendor of modern Abu Dhabi as seen through their lenses by capturing rural or urban city scenes, landscapes, landmarks – both modern and classical, e.g. Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Emirates Palace, Yas Marina, Capital Gate and also view of Corniche, Yas Island.
The theme focuses on uncovering the beauty that modern Abu Dhabi has to offer – be it a secret hideaway, a colorful graffiti wall, a bustling city scene, a unique attraction or spectacular views. Children in the age group 11-18 can participate. More details can be obtained at http://clicksandwrites.blogspot.ae/search/label/Young%20ADIPEC.
The deadline to submit the photos is Oct.31, 2014.

Ramesh Menon
To read it in original, please visit Gulf Today online.

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Top regional drivers primed for Abu Dhabi Rally

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Top regional drivers primed for Abu Dhabi Rally
New two-day event begins on Thursday, with home hero Khalid among the favourites
Abu Dhabi: Some of the region’s top motorsport stars are gearing up for the first two-day Abu Dhabi Rally on Thursday and Friday.
Fifteen teams will compete in the competition, which begins at Yas Marina Circuit and which is a candidate event for the 2015 FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC).
The rally is being held by Abu Dhabi Racing and Yas Motor Racing Club and begins with a spectator stage on Thursday, where motorsport fans can watch elite drivers from the UAE, Qatar and Lebanon battling it out.
Among the favourites to clinch the Abu Dhabi title are Shaikh Khalid Bin Faisal Al Qasimi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Racing, who was one of the first drivers to register for the event.
Shaikh Khalid said: “This event will enhance the Middle East Rally Championship calendar.”
He has also ensured that the Abu Dhabi Racing youth drivers Mohammad Al Motawa’a, Mohammad Al Sahlawi, Mansour Bel Helei, Saeed Bin Touq and Juma Al Falasi will be participating in the 2WD Citroen DS3 R3 class.
Shaikh Khalid shot to prominence in 2002, when he won the Group N title in the Middle East Rally Championship.
He is currently second in the MERC table and is participating in selected World Rally Championship rounds with the Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team.
Shaikh Abdullah Bin Faisal Al Qasimi, Shaikh Khalid’s elder brother has also confirmed his participation in a Ford Fiesta RRC.
Shaikh Abdullah should be a serious contender for the AD Rally title, having won the UAE crown in 1993, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2008 and 2010. He also won the MERC Group N title in 1998, 2000 and 2003.
Another leading contender is expected to be Qatari champion Abdul Aziz Al Kuwari, who had a two-year winning streak in the Qatar National Rally from 2010.
Abu Dhabi Rally 2014 consists of nine stages, kicking off with an asphalt stage (3.51km) at Yas Marina Circuit on Thursday, to be held after the ceremonial opening of the rally at 8pm.
The spectator stage will be held on the North Handling Circuit at Yas Marina, where each driver will have two attempts at recording his fastest time.
Access to the stands will be free of charge.
The second day of the event will consist of eight special stages on gravel roads. The first stage is Ghantoot (18.7km), followed by Al Jarf (20.55km), Al Maha (12.7km) and Al Taweelah (21.1km). The competitors will then repeat the same stages.

News & photo courtesy: Gulf News
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Young ADIPEC – Photography Competition – Take your best shot and win

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The Young ADIPEC Photography Competition is easy to enter – it’s open to anyone between 11-18 years old who lives in the UAE. The theme being “Abu Dhabi Architecture”; we are calling on all students to pick up their cameras and uncover the beauty of modern Capital City.
The theme “Abu Dhabi Architecture” encourages young photographers to uncover the splendor of modern Abu Dhabi as seen through their lenses by capturing rural or urban city scenes (2) landscapes (3) landmarks – both modern and classical, e.g. Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Emirates Palace, Yas Marina, Capital Gate and also view of Corniche, Yas Island. This year’s theme focuses on uncovering the beauty that modern Abu Dhabi has to offer – be it a secret hideaway, a colourful graffiti wall, a bustling city scene, a unique attraction or spectacular views.
There are four categories* and the three winning entries of each category will win great prizes:
First Prize: A DSLR camera
Second Prize:  500 AED Sharaf DG Gift Voucher
Third Prize:  250 AED Sharaf DG Gift Voucher
*Categories: Boys 11-14, Boys 15-18, Girls 11-14, Girls 15-18
To enter the competition, please take the following steps:
1.            Take one or more photos that fit the theme ‘Abu Dhabi Architecture’. You can use a camera or your phone, but try to select the best possible quality
2.            Download the submission form here www.adipec.com/yapc
3.            Fill in the form and send it, along with your pictures, to
             youngadipec@dmgeventsme.com 
         before midnight on 31st October 2014
Judging will take place on 6th November and winners will be notified shortly afterwards. The 3 shortlisted entries of each age group will appear on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and in the Photography Competition Zone at the Young ADIPEC stand, during ADIPEC 2014 (10-13 November at ADNEC).
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WRC – Rallye de France – Alsace 2014 – Day 2

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Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle strengthened their grip on third position on day two of the Rallye de France-Alsace, as they edged closer to a fourth podium finish of the season. Meanwhile, Mads Østberg and Jonas Andersson lie seventh overall in the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team’s second DS3 WRC.


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Brand power: Total unveils ad campaign in 21 nations

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French energy giant Total SA does not consider itself a leading energy brand.
The name suffers from “a significant lack of recognition in a number of countries that are critical to the development of Total’s current and future operations”, according to Jacques Emmanuel Saulnier, who sits on the company’s Management Committee.
In a bid to rectify this, the company has launched an international multimedia advertising campaign simultaneously in 21 countries. 
The campaign highlights Total’s operations in oil production, refining and marketing, as well as its role as a major player in natural gas.
“Total has decided to invest over the long term to develop its brand awareness and create a more powerful brand that can support our businesses more effectively,” said Saulnier, who is the Senior Vice-President, Corporate Communications.
Saulnier, who reports to Chairman and Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie, told BusinessLine on the phone from France that the last ad campaign was in 2008.
The budget then was of €24 million , and the campaign was aimed at 11 countries.
The company has already invested €50 million (around ₹388 crore) this year.
“For the print and online advertisement, we will adjust for the next waves, depending on the results,” he said, adding the poster campaign in most airports is permanent.
The multimedia campaign would feature a commercial that would air on TV, across 80 channels in 16 countries, and the Internet over six-week waves over the next three years.
In a few months, a ‘recruitment’ spin-off of the campaign would debut in the print media and on the Web. It would target occupational groups that are critical to Total, such as drilling specialists, technologists and line managers, said Saulnier.
The global corporate campaign would also include the new brand baseline: ‘Committed to better energy’.
India focus
Speaking about the importance of India in Total’s marketing and promotional efforts, Saulnier said: “India needs to be present in the company’s development strategy for the future, as per India’s economic growth. 
Today, Total’s operations in India include marketing and services, gas and power, new energies and refining and chemicals.”
Adding that Total India’s Technical Centre signalled the firm’s commitment to better energy in the Asia-Pacific region, Saulnier said Total has been active in India since 1993.
(This article was published on October 5, 2014)

(Courtesy: BusinessLine)

Brand power: Total unveils ad campaign in 21 nations | Business Line
Article courtesy: AMRITA NAIR-GHASWALLA 

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Total Develops a New Deep Offshore Project, CLOV, in Angola

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DEEP OFFSHORE INNOVATION AND EXPERTISE ON DISPLAY WITH CLOV
DEEP OFFSHORE INNOVATION AND EXPERTISE ON DISPLAY WITH CLOV

Once again, Total has met a challenge offshore in Angola. This one is two-fold. It involved drilling 34 subsea wells to simultaneously extract and process two different types of oil in a sensitive natural environment from four new oil fields — Cravo, Lirio, Orquidea and Violeta, or CLOV for short — in 3,609 to 4,593 feet of water. Given the project’s environmental stakes, we marshaled all our expertise in deep offshore projects, defined as oil and gas developments located in more than 500 meters of water. We are using more efficient, innovative equipment and emphasizing local content.

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Total Develops a New Deep Offshore Project, CLOV, in Angola

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75 years of operations in Abu Dhabi, Total achieved major leaps in the oil and gas industry and renewable energy"

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Al Hajji : “75 years of operations in Abu Dhabi, Total achieved major leaps in the oil and gas industry and renewable energy”

Abu Dhabi 30 -September -2014: TOTAL Emirates, leader in the oil and gas industry, has confirmed that it is committed towards providing the best energy in the United Arab Emirates and other countries, and it will continue its efforts in supporting and developing young talents from the UAE through social programs.

This came after conducting an interview with Mr. Sultan Al Hajji, Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer in Total United Arab Emirates, where he said that Total is involved with a number of oil companies in Abu Dhabi and it is always seeking to provide technical support in the field of oil and gas in the emirate.

He said in a press statement, that Total is also involved in many scientific and social initiatives in the United Arab Emirates and, most recently, participated in the establishment of research and development laboratories in the oil industry in partnership with ADNOC , Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi and Masdar .

“Total also provides scholarships for students in the UAE to study in French universities and institutes to support rehabilitation of UAE nationals to work in the oil and gas sector in Abu Dhabi,” he said.

Total is an international energy company with the whole range of activities like hydrocarbon exploration and production, gas and power.

“We are also at the forefront of refining, petrochemicals and specialty chemicals, marketing refined products and associated services, trading and shipping of crude oil and refined product.” Total was one of the very first international oil companies to recognize and point out that fossil fuels and renewable energies are not mutually exclusive. Our teams are committed to developing new sources of energy that can partner oil and natural gas to keep pace with global energy demand.

Al Hajji pointed out that the group was involved in solar energy since 1983, “We are now the world’s second-ranked photovoltaic energy operator thanks to our affiliate Sun-Power.”
Moving along the lines he said that Total’s story began nearly a century ago, with the search for oil fields. This positioning also enabled them to adapt to market trends and proactively meet customers emerging expectations with a diversified energy mix – oil, natural gas, solar and biomass — that delivers more value than any other global energy company.

Total, as the world’s leading international oil and gas company has operations in 130 countries involving in all the above activities having nearly 100,000 employees. “We are associated with exploration and production in more than 50 countries and producing oil and gas in 30 countries.”

Total’s engagement with Abu Dhabi dates back to 1939, 75 years ago. What started as the first contract then grew over time. Today, Total is associated with 9 ventures in the UAE; eight of these are in Abu Dhabi. These are covering a wide spectrum like exploration and production of oil & gas by our subsidiary Total Abu Al Bukhoosh (Total ABK) as well as our share holding companies namely ADMA OPCO, ADGAS, Dolphin Energy and GASCO. We are a shareholder of Ruwais FertilizerIndustries (FERTIL) and a partner in the Taweelah A1 co-generation power plant in Abu Dhabi. We are pioneers in the new energies sector and a partner of Masdar in Shams 1, the world’s largest concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in operation. TotalMarketing Middle East (TMME) based in Dubai is involved in the manufacturing and marketing of the entire range of automotive and industrial lubricants, greases, aviation and various speciality products. Today, our lubricants-blending complex in Jebel Ali Free Zone is the Group’s third largest blending plant. As a part of “BIOjet Abu Dhabi: Flight Path to Sustainability” initiative a partially biofuel powered Etihad Airways Boeing 777 completed a test flight in the UAE. Total partially converted the biomass in Brazil used for this flight test with Takreer completing the refining process in the UAE, making it the first UAE-produced bio jet fuel. This initiative was in close collaboration with Masdar Institute and Takreer , aiming to deliver a sustainable and commercially viable biofuel product by 2019.

“We interpret that the flourishing growth of our industrial activities in the UAE over the span of time is recognition of Total as a reliable partner. We thank SPC, ADNOC, Mubadala and their group of companies for their trust in us. I feel that we have earned this respect because of our constant effort to share with the UAE our technology and know-how, combined with capacity development of the UAE nationals in different ways,” Al Hajji said.

Total ABK is proud to have 123 including 17 female Emiratis employees including four on secondement from ADNOC Group, working in offshore field and different onshore sites like Abu Dhabi main office, Mussafah Logistics Base and Total ABK Academy in Shahama. In our quest and commitment to share with the UAE our know-how from global operations, we commission Emirati employees on international assignments. More than 10 Emiratis have benefitted from such placements in Angola, France and Yemen. Total ABK’s top management team comprises of Emiratis with ladies in majority.

He moved on to speak about Total and UAE citizens, as he said that the group supports Emiratis for post-graduation and doctorate education abroad, mainly in France. “Till date, 43 Emiratis have availed Total scholarship and they are oil industry professionals having career in ADNOC , ADCO, ADMA OPCO, GASCO, ZADCO, Dolphin Energy, Schlumberger and others.”

Some others are showing their excellence in varied professions: Emirates Nuclear Energy Operations, Mubadala, UAE Embassy in Japan, Ministry of Presidential Affairsand other highly respectable establishments. Of late, we have been sending university under graduate Emiratis to France for an intensive one week program called “Total Summer School” and so far nine Emiratis have attended the summer school.
In 2013, Alreyada, an initiative of Total UAE added a new dimension in the MENA region for empowering youth to bring forward their perspective. Alreyada is a forum for young undergraduate university students from the region to be familiarized with energy and future leadership challenges.

The seminar was inaugurated by His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development. The program featured presentation and workshops delivered by industry and community leaders, academia and experts from the UAE as well as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and France. The workshop session climaxed the seminar.

In smaller groups, students with young professionals acting as their mentors presented their ideas and suggestions for developing them further on “How to foster long lasting partnerships”. Alreyada was adjudged the winner of ADIPEC 2013 Best CSR Initiative in the MENA region.
Total Abu Al Bukhoosh, our local subsidiary is a constant source of innovative solutions and case study for some of the challenges of Abu Dhabi oilfield operations. Here, we lead in the area of EOR (Enhanced Oil Recovery), flare reduction, operations and HSE. Total is in collaboration with Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi on Dugong Conservation Program exclusively since 1999.

Total is proud of having shared many remarkable social innovations for betterment of the UAE community. With support of ADNOC , one of such programs Total has been running since 2008 is Total ABK Academy. This academy is a capacity building program for UAE nationals to make them employable in oil & gas industry. As on date, our academy graduates are working as offshore field personnel in Total ABK, ADOC, ADMA OPCO and Bunduq Oil Company.

Total in the UAEis also collaborating with initiatives like Al Bayt Mitwahid by the Crown Prince Court, Emirates Foundation and similar institutions. Total had been a participant in Abu Dhabi Science Festival since it started in 2011.

Total in the UAEcontinually strives to align its industrial and societal activities with the vision 2030 of Abu Dhabi’s wise leadership. Total in the UAE demonstrates is committed to better energy which synergizes a mix of world class technology and innovation with safety of people, environment and assets as top priority. It strives to address local environment and community concerns and enrich the society of the host country by sharing know-how.
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