Solar Blogging Your Way To Abu Dhabi (this January)


Hey SolarFeeds Reader! We’ve featured articles about Masdar in the past and are once again excited to help promote Masdar’s 2014 blogging contest. It only requires a short 500-600 word entry on how cities will play a critical role in driving sustainability, and who knows, your brief submission could help shape sustainable development in major metropolitan cities around the globe.

What will the successful entry win? How does an all-expense paid trip to Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week tickle your fancy. Even better, it’s being held next month, January 18-24, when it’s probably freezing cold in your neck of the woods and a balmy 75F in Abu Dhabi. Plus, you get to be the event’s VIP blogger, sharing your experience with the world on a daily basis.

Seriously now, tackling the pressing challenge of how to balance urbanization with resource management, Masdar’s 2nd annual international Engage Blogging Contest theme is “Smart Cities and Sustainable Development”.

A leading provider of renewable energy in Abu Dhabi, Masdar specifically asks blogging applicants to answer the question: “How can cities contribute to the advancement of sustainable development and address issues including water, energy and waste?”

“With 67 percent of the world’s population expected to reside in cities by 2050, we can anticipate a greater strain to be placed on cities as they become denser and require more water and energy,” said Omar Zaafrani, Strategic Communications Manager at Masdar. “Such urbanization will oblige us to adapt and become smarter about the way we manage our resources.

So it turns out each of those 500 to 600 words in your own compelling narrative must count, and inspire creative approaches on how to balance urbanization with natural resource management. But being a dedicated Solar Feeds reader, we know you’re up to the challenge. Good luck!

For official rules, entry page, and more details about this competition, which ends on January 3, 2014, visit

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Masdar Announces ‘Cities and Sustainable Development’ Blogging Contest


Masdar has launched the second edition of its international Engage Blogging Contest ahead of January’s Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2014 – the region’s largest gathering on sustainability. Under the theme “Cities and Sustainable Development,” the competition asks contributors to discuss their views of the critical role our cities play in driving sustainability.

The digital debate will contextualise the role played by technology; innovation; energy and water efficiency; the advancement of building materials, and opportunities for entrepreneurship and social innovation in a debate about the role played by cities to enable sustainable development. Submissions will craft a compelling narrative, offering recommendations on how to balance urbanization with resource management.

ADSW, the five-day sustainability gathering, hosted by Masdar, takes place from 18-24 January 2014, and is anchored by the 7th World Future Energy Summit, the 2nd International Water Summit, the 6th Zayed Future Energy Prize award ceremony and EcoWaste. ADSW  will once again offer an opportunity for public and private sector decision makers, investors and innovators to address sustainable development, with a particular focus on energy, water and waste.

“With 67 percent of the world’s population expected to reside in cities by 2050, we can anticipate a greater strain to be placed on cities as they become denser and require more water and energy,” said Omar Zaafrani, Strategic Communications Manager at Masdar. “Such urbanization will oblige us to adapt and become smarter about the way we manage our resources.

“Through this blogging competition we aim to create a dialogue and debate the role of cities in achieving sustainable development. The competition will also offer a platform for the global community to voice their ideas and innovative solutions to tackling the urbanization challenge,” added Mr. Zaafrani.

Last year’s international blogging contest received more than 70 entries and engaged thousands of readers as it sparked worldwide discussion of sustainability issues in advance of the inaugural ADSW. This year’s winning post will again be awarded an all-expenses paid trip to attend, report and blog during ADSW 2014.

To enter, bloggers will write a post on their own blog with a link to Masdar’s Engage page, or alternatively for those who do not have a blog, submissions can be sent to A judging panel will review qualifying entries based on quality; the number of votes it receives via the Masdar website, and the level of social media support the post wins. The competition closes on 3 January, 2014.

For more information on the rules and to enter, go to Masdar blogging contest.

About Masdar

Masdar is Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company advancing the development, commercialisation and deployment of clean energy technologies and solutions. The company serves as a link between today’s fossil fuel economy and the energy economy of the future. Backed by the Mubadala Development Company PJSC, the strategic investment company of the government of Abu Dhabi, Masdar is dedicated to the Emirate’s long-term vision for the future of energy.

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Change the World and Win a Great Prize

Do you care about the planet? Do you want to do something great for the environment and also have a chance at a really cool prize? You could become a VIP blogger at the largest sustainability gathering in the history of the Middle East!

Leading up to Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, January 13-17, 2013, Masdar is sponsoring a blogging contest where the winner is invited to Abu Dhabi with a special position as VIP media to cover the exciting events of the week.

The blogging contest, “Engage: The Water-Energy Nexus” is simpler than you might think to enter. All you have to do is write a really great blog post! Your contest blog entry should answer this question:

What steps can individuals, businesses or world leaders take to address the most pressing and often interrelated water and energy challenges?

All you have to do is publish it on your blog/website with a mention to the contest and link ( Alternatively, entries may be mailed to

You can then post the link to your story in the “leave a message” field on the site. The deadline is December 31, 2012 – don’t hesitate or you might miss out on a great chance to make a difference and to be a special VIP media guest. Once published, your friends and family can vote for your post. Share it on Facebook and Twitter and show the power of social connections for greater good. The more your post is voted for, liked and shared, the higher score it will receive from the judging panel. Voting will officially close on January 3, 2013.

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week will feature around 30,000 people from 150 countries to make up the panels, events and more that encase the week’s activities. You could be right there, live on the scene, tweeting and live-blogging about it all while it happens.

The winning content will also be featured at as well as its partners.

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