Lamudi event focuses on local real estate market

Updated 12 June 2014

Lamudi event focuses on local real estate market

The biggest names in real estate in Saudi Arabia came together under one roof for an assembly hosted by leading property platform Lamudi, a company of the Middle East Internet Holding (MEIH).
More than 15 key figures from the property sector attended the event in Jeddah recently, including some of the most high-profile property players in the Kingdom.
Representatives from Ahmad Al-Obeikan Company for Investment and Real Estate Development, Al-Faqeeh, Century 21 Jeddah and Tawasul Properties were among those present.
The event was a chance for the leaders to network and share ideas on the local real estate market. Khalid Alali, country manager of Lamudi Saudi Arabia, gave a presentation to guests on the company’s local operations.
Lamudi’s Global Co-Founder and MD Kian Moini said: “The event was a resounding success. The fact that we had such an overwhelming response just goes to show the strength of the local property industry, which is one of the main reasons we launched here this year.
Saudi Arabia has one of the strongest and fastest growing e-Commerce sectors in the Middle East. All guests agreed that the future of real estate in the Kingdom will be online.
Sood Mohamad Alamri of Platinum Real Estate Company, said: "Lamudi entered the Saudi market after achievements in several foreign markets and it has established itself as a leader in a very short period of time.”
Country Manager for Lamudi Saudi Arabia Khalid Alali said: “One of the key enablers to our early success is a focus on localizing our operations. As a Saudi national I prioritize hiring Saudi women and men.”
The biggest real estate brands in the Kingdom have already chosen Lamudi as their property partner, including Bussma, Edarah, Salman Ben Saedan, Al Obaikan, Al Argan and Century 21 Jeddah, the company stated.

Ford trains 1,600 motorists in Mideast, Africa in 2018

Updated 11 December 2018

Ford trains 1,600 motorists in Mideast, Africa in 2018

Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) has wrapped up a successful 2018 having added programs in two new markets — Morocco and Madagascar — as well as having launched a women-only program in Saudi Arabia. The training program reached more than 1,600 inexperienced motorists in 10 cities around the Middle East and Africa.

Providing free training and instilling safe driving practices, the DSFL program offered an opportunity to gain experience in the four main primary driving skills: Hazard recognition, vehicle handling, speed management, and space management.

This year, Ford DSFL was run in the UAE (Dubai), Kenya (Nairobi), Uganda (Gulu Town), and four cities in South Africa (Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Rustenburg, and Pretoria), while Casablanca welcomed Morocco’s first-ever DSFL for three days of training in October. 

Antananarivo in Madagascar also joined the DSFL family when it played host to 50 members of the media, and a train-the-trainer for distributor staff, in September, becoming the eighth market in sub-Saharan Africa alone to benefit from the introduction of Ford’s program.

In addition, on its return to Jeddah, Ford hosted the global debut of its DSFL for Her, a new customized version of Ford’s award-winning safe-driving initiative, helping to build confidence behind the wheel as participants in the Kingdom prepared to be among the first-ever women to be issued a driving license in the country.

The DSFL for Her course followed the landmark decision last year, as decreed by King Salman to lift the ban on females driving in Saudi Arabia.

“Safety continues to be a key priority for Ford, and providing campaigns such as DSFL can only help reduce the number of road accidents, and increase young drivers’ knowledge and confidence on the road,” said Jim Graham, global manager, Ford Driving Skills for Life. 

“Ford also made history in 2018 when it hosted the first-ever practical hands-on driving training for women in Saudi Arabia — DSFL for Her — specifically designed to accommodate Saudi females embarking on their first journey behind the wheel of a car. These are the kinds of occasions that make Ford exceptionally proud of the success DSFL has enjoyed this year, as the program continues its rapid expansion, and evolves to adapt to the needs of the markets in which it operates,” Graham added.

Ford Driving Skills for Life was established in 2003 by Ford Motor Company Fund, Governors Highway Safety Association, and a panel of safety experts to teach newly licensed drivers necessary skills beyond standard driver education programs. In 2008, the program expanded to Asia Pacific, and in 2013, Ford DSFL branched out into both Europe and the Middle East.

In 2017, the free program celebrated reaching the one-millionth newly licensed driver trained.