Sahara Centre campaign winner drives away in Mercedes-Benz S500 Cabriolet

Syrian national Etab Khalil was the lucky shopper to drive away in the first of two Mercedes-Benz S 500 Cabriolets that are up for grabs during the campaign.
Updated 15 August 2017
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Sahara Centre campaign winner drives away in Mercedes-Benz S500 Cabriolet

Sahara Centre, a retail, dining and leisure destination in Sharjah, has announced the first winner of its “A Year of Happiness Like Never Before” campaign. The three-month long opportunity ran throughout Ramadan and will continue until Sept. 10. Syrian national Etab Khalil was the lucky shopper to drive away in the first of two Mercedes-Benz S500 Cabriolets that are up for grabs during the campaign.
Khalil said: “I’m thrilled and overwhelmed to have won the Mercedes-Benz S500 Cabriolet, and I would like to express my gratitude to Sahara Centre for giving me and all other customers the opportunity to win this amazing prize. I would encourage everyone to take part in Sahara Centre’s regular raffle competitions, because you never know when surprise finally struck you!”
The campaign has been launched in partnership with Matalan and aims to bring happiness to the mall’s customers during the holy month and beyond, supporting the government’s vision of making the UAE the happiest nation in the world. By spending 200 dirhams ($54) at Sahara Centre, customers can enter the raffle to win 1 of 2 Mercedes-Benz S500 Cabriolets, or a year of free living expenses including house rent, school tuition for a child, shopping vouchers and utility bills such as electricity and water, Salik, telecommunication and petrol.
Sahara Centre is also offering its customers opportunities to up their odds in the grand raffle during the campaign. Customers can receive five coupons when they spend at least 200 dirhams at Matalan or at any restaurants on 2nd level, East Atrium. Whilst female shoppers who spend 200 dirhams between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. can also double their chances of winning.
The grand draw will take place on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. for the second car and the living expenses package. Both draws will be held in the presence of a Sharjah Economic Development Department representative.
Sahara Centre said it continuously strives to offer its customers a range of raffle-based competitions that take place every two to three months during its “A Year of Happiness Like Never Before” campaign.


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.”