Sony Mobile’s Xperia Touch available in Dubai, KSA

Xperia Touch can help users play games on the living room floor, project a recipe onto the kitchen counter or make the wall a message board.
Updated 17 July 2017
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Sony Mobile’s Xperia Touch available in Dubai, KSA

Sony Mobile Communications has announced that its new smart projector, Xperia Touch, is now available in select stores in Dubai and Saudi Arabia.
Built with the latest Sony intelligence, this compact and lightweight short-throw projector transforms a flat wall, table or floor into an interactive 23-inch HD touch screen. Xperia Touch adds a whole new dimension to the home in various ways — it can help users play games on the living room floor, project a recipe onto the kitchen counter or make the wall a message board.
The projector’s features include state-of-the art touch functionality, presence sensing and two-way stereo speakers for rich sound. Xperia Touch offers both horizontal and vertical displays, and is wi-fi connected and compatible with Android apps and games on the Google Play Store.
Xperia Touch, which is made from the highest quality materials, is available in Dubai at the Sony boutique in The Dubai Mall and Jumbo in Mall of the Emirates, and is priced at 5,799 dirhams ($1578). In Saudi Arabia, Xperia Touch is available in Sony showrooms in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, and is priced at SR5,799.


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.”