Mexican envoy opens food fest at InterContinental Riyadh

Mexican Ambassador Alfredo Miranda, Ahmed Mahfouz, IHG senior leader, area director of sales and marketing central province and government hotels — KSA, and Mexican chef and TV show host Eduardo Perez, address a press conference at the InterContinental Riyadh Hotel.
Updated 24 September 2017
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Mexican envoy opens food fest at InterContinental Riyadh

A week-long Mexican food festival called “Mexican Gastronomy Week” aiming to showcase the culture of the North American country, was recently inaugurated by Mexican Ambassador Alfredo Miranda at the InterContinental Riyadh Hotel.
Addressing a press conference, Ambassador Miranda said that Mexico’s cuisine has won UNESCO honor. “The Mexican cuisine attained status by UNESCO as an ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.’ In fact, the incredible variety of Mexican food is finally receiving its due.”
He thanked the InterContinental Hotel for hosting the Mexican gastronomy week from Sunday to Saturday.
“Guests will have an opportunity not only to taste the authentic Mexican cuisine but also to admire Mexican handicrafts and photos from a collection and enjoy live music during the festival,” the envoy added.
Ahmed Mahfouz, IHG senior leader, area director of sales and marketing central province and government hotels — KSA, and Eduardo Perez, a prominent Mexican chef and TV show host, who has flown to Riyadh for preparing authentic cuisine, also addressed the press conference. A baggage full of authentic ingredients including spices has been brought to Riyadh, which will be used to prepare the whole range of Mexican dishes, salads and sauces.
Mahfouz said that the festival will take place in Al-Bustan Restaurant of the InterContinental Hotel in Riyadh. He said the festival is open to public from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily. Guests can enjoy unlimited selection of traditional Mexican starters, main courses, side dishes and desserts, soft drinks, and selected juices and water.


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.”