Artpreneurship workshop

In November 8, 2017 Naqaa Sustainability Solutions designed and delivered the first Artpreneurship workshop

in collaboration with Humming Tree Community a coworking space that focuses on creativity and wellbeing.

We believe that everyone can contribute to capacity building the private sector and contributing greatly to the economy. Artpreneurs are a different type of entrepreneur, though, and traditional approaches to opening a business is different as they rely on creating demand and not addressing market need.

We custom designed this workshop to make sure that special attention was given to the creative artists and how they can brand themselves in such a competitive market.

“It was an honor and a pleasure to lead the first ever Artpreneur training in Saudi Arabia last week” says the Naqaa co-founders and trainers Dr. Sarah Ghaleb. “The market needs more creative artists that are thriving in this economy” Mouna Eusman added. The pair have been training in entrepreneurship part time over the last 7 years in Saudi and have to-date trained over a thousand participants in their workshops. We are proud resident trainers of the HummingTree Community, and we only offer this workshop limited times per year, so contact HummingTree for more interest and information at

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Earth Day Celebration 2017

Naqaa sustainability solutions in collaboration with Greenzie a local initiative from The Global Shapers Community – Jeddah hub organized an event to commemorate Earth Day in April 22. The event was held at Amira Park – a public park for women and children located in south Jeddah and managed by Friends of Jeddah Parks organization. The event was part of Naqaa’s community service program for the purpose to educating and spreading awareness about environmental protection, climate change, and healthy clean environment.

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 worldwide, various events were held to demonstrate support for environment protection and the theme for this year is Environmental & Climate Literacy.

Several green activities tracks were taking place for the children and their families. The children enjoyed coloring a large ‘Earth Day’ banner, and planted 150 flowers using recycled water bottles and glass jars. Hand-in-hand campaign initiative by ENTEC Company was invited to participate with Naqaa, and they organized physical activities and games for the children, to gain knowledge about waste segregation.

Moreover, a group of senior students majoring in Architecture from Dar Al-Hekma University volunteered in designing and implementing vertical green garden at the park using recycled materials.

We have had more than 300 kids and families visiting the park; however, the event was successful in creating a fun and enjoyable experience while maintaining a less-waste.


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Naqaa in The 4th International Conference on Sustainable Development 2016, Rome, Italy

Naqaa Sustainability Solutions participated at the 4th International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) 2016 that was organized by the European Center of Sustainable Development, at the Roma Eventi- Fontana di Trevi, Piazza della Pilotta, 4 Rome, Italy from: Friday 16 to Saturday 17 September, 2016.

The 4th ICSD2016 was great opportunity to present and discuss Naqaa’s experience in creating sustainable and successful approach to close the existing gap, and how Naqaa assists organizations and community to implement recycling projects in Saudi Arabia since the initiative was launched in 2011. The conference was attended and presented by Mouna Eusman, Co-founder Naqaa. The 2016 Conference provided a forum for the sharing of ideas, presentation of research findings, and discussion of professional issues relevant to Sustainability Science.

The general aim of the conference is to promote international collaboration in sustainability science and related disciplines. The Conference theme is creating a unified foundation for the Sustainable Development: research, practice and education. This theme emphasizes the strong foundation that is provided by using research to inform our everyday practices, policies, and research approaches.

The Conference topics are distributed in the range of the following tracks within the ICSD 2016 program: 1. Economic Sustainability: 2. Environmental Sustainability: 3. Socio-Cultural Sustainability

Naqaa presented paper research under the environmental sustainability track.  And it was reviewed by members of the ICSD 2016 Steering Committee for rating of abstract quality and presentation content. Therefore, as selected paper was also published at the European Journal of Sustainable Development.

We would like to thank the scientific committee and the organizers for organizing and giving us the opportunity to showcase and disseminate our local professional practice in the field of environmental sustainability in Saudi Arabia.

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Empower 2016: Youth Aspirations towards SDGs Implementation

The annual youth conference under “The Reach Out to Asia, ROTA” was held from the 17th -19th of March at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Student Centre in Doha, Qatar. 450 young people participated in the conference, 400 youth were locals and the rest 50 were international delegates.

logo empower 2016

The theme of the conference was “Innovation in Youth Social Entrepreneurship (Empower 2016)”, which was selected in accordance to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, specifically the 8th and 9th goals. In this conference, participants were enriched about social entrepreneurship in order to boost youth employment inside Qatar and in the Middle East, as the region currently is heading to alternative economies based on innovation driven methods.

The organizer (ROTA) is an NGO based in Doha, ROTA is a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Since Qatar Foundation is established on the principle that nation’s greatest resource is the potential of its people and it aims to develop that potential internationally through a network of centers devoted to progressive education, research and community welfare. ROTA’s mission is to extend that assistance into Asia, where it’s strategic geographic location gives it a unique opportunity to support its neighboring countries as they overcome developmental difficulties. In addition to that, more than 60% of Qatar’s own expatriate community is of Asian origins, giving ROTA added insight and understanding of the needs and cultural norms of the Asian people.

ROTA mission

ROTA equip young people to face future challenges

About Empower 2016:

The 3 days of the conference included panel discussions, exhibitions, workshops, internal youth meetings, and off site activities to some Qatari organizations concerned about entrepreneurship and youth growth.  Moreover, during the first 2 days of the conference several workshops were held with multiple themes in relation to innovations in social entrepreneurship. Workshops were given in both languages (Arabic and English).

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View from the conference during the 1st day

Furthermore, members of the Arab Youth Climate Movement (AYCM) presented a workshop titled “Fostering Social Innovations to Address Climate Change”. AYCM is an independent body that works to create a generation-wide movement across the Middle East & North Africa to solve the climate crisis, and to assess and support the establishment of legally binding agreements to deal with climate change issue within international negotiations. AYCM is located in 16 countries within the Arabian Peninsula, Levant area and in North Africa.

Environmental activists of AYCM invited participants in this workshop to learn how social entrepreneurship can address climate change and it impact in the Arab world, as well bringing examples for innovative mitigation and adaptation efforts being held in the Arab region. Members of AYCM aimed to discuss the relevance of climate change, particularly in relation to sustainable development, and identify opportunities and technologies related to address climate change through innovative adaptation and mitigation opportunities.

Naqaa Sustainability Solutions member and the National Coordinator of AYCM in Saudi Arabia Munira Abdelkader presented workshop about Naqaa’s efforts as social innovation business based in Saudi Arabia.

The outcomes of this workshop were increasing the understanding about climate change and how to build steps towards fighting the effects currently are in ground, also promoting for the need to create innovation driven business which can address climate change.

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Naqaa Member Munira Abdelkader during the workshop


AYCM members Neeshad VS the Co-Founder and National Coordinator of the Qatari Chapter of AYCM, Ahmed Al Noubani the National Coordinator and Farah Mansour from AYCM in Jordan, and Samah El-Bakri from AYCM Sudan participated in presenting this workshop.




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Social Business Startup Workshop in KAUST

Naqaa co-founders Mouna Eusman and Dr. Sarah Ghaleb designed and delivered a Social Entrepreneurship 101 Workshop for the second year in a row as part of the Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) in KAUST in January 2016.

This year, KAUST WEP designed a variety of workshops and class activities for participants to cover critical topics in Entrepreneurship and Social Business such as Innovation, , Creativity, Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking (ICED).

These subjects are not only vital for entrepreneurs, but also to best prepare the modern graduate to think creatively for innovative methods to solve real world problems more efficiently. Engineering and science graduates need to have a number of ‘soft skills’ to their future careers, whether that is as job creators (entrepreneurs), in corporate roles, or even in securing research funding from government and organizations.

We delivered our Social Enterprise Startup workshop to 75 KAUST affiliates, designed by the Naqaa team, in the perspective of a successful social enterprise in the Kingdom.  Our participants were able to:

  • Identify their passion and social needs in their community
  • Brainstorm 3-4 profitable solutions to community needs
  • Create a sustainable and profitable social business model canvas

As advocates for Social Businesses to be a primary method to tackle our community issues while creating jobs and boosting local economy, we do hope that we continue to inspire others to follow in our footsteps. Through continuous awareness and training of building sustainable social impact in our communities, we can build a solid foundation for a thriving tomorrow.

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موجات الحر…..و الطريق نحو مستقبل نظيف

مؤخرآ تناقلت نشرات الأخبار الجوية تقارير تؤكد حصول أضرار جسيمة كنتيجة لآثار تغير المناخ و التي ظهرت مؤخرأ ملامحها بوضوح. وفاة العشرات في مصر بسبب الإرتفاع الشديد في درجة الحرارة, فيضانات تجلي الآلاف في ميانمار, إنخفاض في الإنتاج السمكي في السعودية, موجات حر قاسية في الصين و روسيا البيضاء و غيرها في مناطق متعددة. و لكن و بعد عدة دعوات من الجهات المختصة و الناشطين القائمين على حملات توعية شاملة حول العالم, تصر الحكومات على عدم إتخاذ حلول من شأنها خفض استحواذ هذه الأثار و بالتالي حد الخسائر الناتجة منها.

فقد أوحت تقارير عدة, و التي صدرت من قبل شركات تأمين عالمية, أن الخسائر الناتجة من الكوارث الطبيعية تجاوزت مليارات الدولارات و ذلك في الستة الأشهر الأولى من هذا العام. فبالطبع من الأفضل استثمار مبالغ ضخمة كهذه في إنشاء وسائل تحويل الموارد الطبيعية إلى طاقات متجددة أو في تطبيق حلول لتنمية مستدامة.

موجة الحر في موسم الحج

و نحن الآن على مقربة من أهم أركان و شعائر الإسلام, حج بيت الله الحرام. حيث يجتمع ما يقارب الثلاثة مليون حاج من شتى أنحاء العالم لتأدية فرائض هذا الركن ما بين مدن مكة, منى, عرفات و مزدلفة. هناك مخاوف من التوقعات بإرتفاع درجة الحرارة لتصل ما يقارب أربعين درجة مئوية, مما سيؤدي إلى حصول حوادث إغماء بين الحجاج.


و بعيدآ عن موسم الحج, مفاوضات تغير المناخ

بعد مضي اليوم سيكون قد تبقى ثلاثة أشهر و نصف على إنعقاد الدورة الحادية والعشرون لمؤتمر الأطراف في اتفاقية الأمم المتحدة الإطارية بشأن تغيّر المناخ، والدورة الحادية عشرة لاجتماع الأطراف في بروتوكول كيوتو بمدينة باربس بفرنسا. و ستتم في هذه المفاوضات و المتوقع عقدها بين جميع الدول المشاركة بهدف خفض أثار ظاهرة الإحتباس الحراري و حد درجة الحرارة العالمية إلى 2 درجة مئوية, بالإضافة إلى قرارات أخرى منعزم على إتخاذها بهدف تطبيقها محليآ أو عالميآ, على سبيل المثال: تقليل من إنبعاثات الغازات الدفيئة, التأقلم و خفض أثار تغير المناخ و خطط التمويل بالإضافة إلى نقل الكفاءات و الإختراعات التكنولوجية بهدف تحويل إقتصادات الدول منتجة لغاز ثاني أكسيد الكربون إلى إقتصادات معتمدة على الطاقة النظيفة.

تطلعات المملكة لتكون إحدى أكبر مساهمين في الطاقة المتجددة

تطمح المملكة إلى نتائج و أهداف هذه المفاوضات, فعبرت في عدة محافل على تأكيدها في التخفيف من الآثار المساهمة في إنبعاث الغازات الدفيئة و ذلك عبر تطبيق خطط من في مجالات الطاقة المتجددة و كفائتها. فنفذت مؤخرآ مدينة الملك عبدالله للعلوم و التقنية بتصنيع ألواح شمسية بهدف إنتاج طاقة نظيفة مقدارها 100 ميجاواط بحلول العام القادم.

أيضآ تعتزم شركة أرامكو السعودية, إحدى أكبر الشركات العاملة في مجال الغاز و النفط حول العالم, في تنفيذ 10 مشاريع بحلول عام 2016 في مجال الطاقة الشمسية و إنشائها في أكثر مناطق المملكة ذات تكلفة وقود تقليدي عالية. كل هذه الجهود المقامة من قبل المملكة لتحقيق 41 جيجاواط من الطاقة الشمسية بحلول عام 2040.

مهدت المملكة طريقها بخطى ثابتة حول الإكتفاء الذاتي في مجال الطاقة النظيفة في المستقبل, و هذا بحد ذاته يعتبر تحديآ لدولة يعتمد إقتصادها كليآ على النفط. و هو الشئ الغير مستحيل لدول أخرى بتحقيق نمط إقتصادي قائم على الطاقة المتجددة.

By: Munira Abdelkader

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Naqaa Sustainability Solutions at Innovation Exhibition in Mozambique

As part of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Islamic Development Bank  (IDB),  Naqaa sustainability solutions was honored to be selected as one of the social innovation business from Saudi Arabia to expose at The Innovation Exhibition during the 40th Annual Meeting that took place in Maputo, Mozambique from 7-11 June,2015.

Our co-founder Norah Magraby had the privilege to join the discussions and to talk about Naqaa’s approach in promoting environmental sustainability practices in Saudi Arabia. It was a great initiative from IDB to organize this exhibition that allows different countries from its member countries to learn from each other and to showcase what each is doing for sustainable development. IDB is a multilateral development financing institution located in Jeddah  and it encourages investment in development projects with innovation and sustainable technologies.

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