Deadline nears in search for a green Emirati family

ABU DHABI // The search for an Emirati family to participate in a global green living challenge ends today.

In the National Geographic 360º Energy Diet Challenge, six families will compete to trim their carbon footprint. Families will also be chosen from Brazil, Slovenia, Japan, Germany and the US.

The search for a UAE candidate is being led by Nat Geo Al Arabiya, which is part of the Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC), publisher of The National.

"We have already received many applications, and we will announce the family at the end of this week," said Mohamed Al Hammadi, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Al Arabiya Magazine.

As the search deadline is today, any last-minute hopefuls can email their wish to be included to info home efficiency, transportation, store purchases, water use, waste reduction and general lifestyle.

Households will receive a set of action items in six different areas, each worth a certain number of points. The more changes a household can make, the more points it can earn.

Examples include giving up bottled water and recycling all glass, aluminium and paper.

Some of the tasks, such as using public transport instead of driving, and sticking to local, organic foods, are likely to be more difficult for the local family compared to their counterparts abroad. But the contestants can rely on the help of experts in various aspects of conserving energy. The experts will serve as coaches. The winners will be featured on, and may be invited to appear on a live panel.


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Max torque: 950Nm
Transmission: Eight-speed auto
Battery: 25.7kWh lithium-ion
0-100km/h: 3.4sec
0-200km/h: 11.4sec
Top speed: 312km/h
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Favourite place to go to in the UAE: The desert sand dunes, just after some rain

Who inspires you: Anybody with new and smart ideas, challenging questions, an open mind and a positive attitude

Where would you like to retire: Most probably in my home country, Hungary, but with frequent returns to the UAE

Favorite book: A book by Transilvanian author, Albert Wass, entitled ‘Sword and Reap’ (Kard es Kasza) - not really known internationally

Favourite subjects in school: Mathematics and science


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Started: December 2023
Founder: Ivan Kroshnyi
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: Electric vehicles
Investors: Bootstrapped with undisclosed funding. Looking to raise funds from outside

The specs: 2018 Mercedes-Benz E 300 Cabriolet

Price, base / as tested: Dh275,250 / Dh328,465

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Power: 245hp @ 5,500rpm

Torque: 370Nm @ 1,300rpm

Transmission: Nine-speed automatic

Fuel consumption, combined: 7.0L / 100km

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Number of staff: 120
Investment: Bootstrapped, with support from Insead and Egyptian government, seed round of
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