ANB becomes largest Visa signature credit card issuer in Saudi Arabia

Updated 17 November 2014
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ANB becomes largest Visa signature credit card issuer in Saudi Arabia

Arab National Bank (ANB) has been honored by Visa for becoming the largest issuer of Visa signature credit cards in the Kingdom, according to the Visa Inc., a global leader in electronic payments.
This achievement of ANB comes as a result of the unwavering efforts of its marketing and sales team, besides the exclusive promotions, special discounts at selected merchants and value-added benefits to customers, including ANB Rewards Program which offers cardholders a chance to win points and redeem these for rewards whenever they use their credit cards to pay for purchases inside and outside the Kingdom.
Ahmed Gaber, country manager, Visa-KSA said: “We would like to congratulate ANB for becoming the largest issuer of Visa signature credit cards in such a short span of time to meet the requirements of the rapidly growing affluent market segment in the Kingdom. Based on Visa’s research and direct accountholder feedback, we are confident that this exotic card will provide affluent accountholders exactly what they need.”
He added: “Visa is a trusted partner for banks looking to grow their electronic payment portfolio and is committed to developing innovative, tailored products and provides issuers with the platforms to build hundreds of credit products, with a combination of rewards, benefits and features tailored to the affluent consumer’s needs and preferences.”
ANB's Head of Consumer Banking Asad Alsada said: “Arab National Bank is proud to partner with Visa to launch the premium Visa signature credit card, which received an overwhelming response from our customers. We hope our long and fruitful cooperation will become even stronger, and this recognition to reinforce ANB’s credit cards, which are diverse, suit large customer base and offer constantly great features and privileges.”
Visa partnered with ANB early this year to introduce the Visa signature credit card, which provides affluent cardholders with attractive and exclusive privileges locally and globally, including excellent travel benefits like lounge access to over 500 VIP lounges, travel insurance, complementary Concierge Service and access to discounts and privileges on the Visa luxury hotels website.


Careem honors outstanding captains in Riyadh

Updated 12 December 2018
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Careem honors outstanding captains in Riyadh

Careem held the first edition of its Captain’s Excellence Award Ceremony in Riyadh on Saturday. The event, which will be held annually, was the first-of-its-kind in the region and welcomed over 300 top-performing “captains” (Careem drivers) across the Kingdom. 

The captains were awarded based on different criteria such as: Captains with the highest number of trips, highest (customer-given) ratings and longest serving captains. Rewards were also handed out to captain ambassadors, i.e. those with the highest number of referrals and captains that were given a special shoutout on social media by customers for their dedication to their service. Several rewards were handed out along with the grand prize, a brand new car. 

Abdulla Elyas, chief people officer and co-founder of Careem, opened the event with an ode to the captains in attendance, thanking them for their service and commitment in driving impact through meaningful initiatives across the Kingdom. Some of these initiatives included the vaccination campaign in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, which helped more than 100,000 men, women and children across 17 cities get vaccinated in their own homes. Careem also collaborated with Bupa Arabia during Ramadan this year to donate clothes from customers to people in need, where over 180,000 donations were collected. 

Elyas also announced Careem’s partnership with Alwaleed Philanthropies (AP) in delivering the first installment of cars for the empowerment of people with special needs. The foundation, chaired by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, will provide a number of cars over the course of seven years to men and women of the Society for Physically Disabled Adults (Harakia) after being trained.

“Our captains are the lifeblood of our business and we wanted to celebrate these men and women for helping us achieve our mission of simplifying and improving the lives of people in the Kingdom,” Elyas said. 

“We are proud to have 395,000 ‘captainahs’ (female drivers) and captains registered with us to date in Saudi Arabia, providing over 122 million rides. This ceremony is our small way to thank them for their service and reward them for the hard work they put in every day so that people have a safe way to get around. Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today” 

Muaaed Al-Saeed, a representative from the Public Transport Authority (PTA), said: “We are excited to have you all; you have overcome each obstacle you were faced with in a short span of time and for that we are extremely proud.” 

He added: “On this occasion, I convey the regards of PTA President Dr. Rumaih Al-Rumaih. The participation of myself and Majed Al-Zahrani, PTA general manager, is proof of our support to all the captains.”