Holidayme among top startups in Arab world: Forbes

Mansour bin Madi, co-founder of Holidayme, Saudi Arabia
Updated 21 October 2017
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Holidayme among top startups in Arab world: Forbes

Holidayme, an online travel portal established in 2014, is on a winning streak, with two significant recognitions earned in a span of one week.
The startup has been named third among the top startups in the Arab world by Forbes Middle East.
It ranked fifth in the UAE last year and this year’s rank is being celebrated as a huge achievement by Holidayme, a brand that started just two years ago in the region.
Its second success came when Holidayme received the “Online Business of the Year Award” at the recently concluded Gulf Capital’s SME Awards.
“This is a proud achievement for us at Holidayme, to be recognized and honored among our peers from the travel fraternity,” said Mansour bin Madi, co-founder of Holidayme, Saudi Arabia.
He added: “Our team’s sole aim is to focus on achieving our goal and strengthening our position in the travel industry. Leaving not only our competitors but all the businesses that operate using an online space behind, this is a reflection of our exceptional business model and establishes us as a strong business in the travel industry.”
Holidayme offers integrated travel services ranging from holidays, hotels, customised itineraries and flights to customers across the Middle East. In a span of less than two years, it claims to have grown to be a trusted brand across the region.


Hyundai Motor Park offers a day out for families

The custom-built track has obstacles/props simulating real-life scenarios, from paying for petrol to watching drive-in movies.
Updated 23 October 2018
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Hyundai Motor Park offers a day out for families

Women in Saudi Arabia are being encouraged to get behind the wheel at a series of fun, informative events being held over the next two months.

Hyundai Motor Park 2018 will enable females with driving licenses to test-drive one of five models on a custom-built track complete with obstacles/props simulating real-life scenarios, from paying for petrol to watching drive-in movies. 

Non-drivers, husbands, and children will also be catered to with food and entertainment.

“We hope Hyundai Motor Park 2018 will boost women’s confidence and enthusiasm about the prospect of being able to drive in Saudi Arabia,” said Mike Song, head of Hyundai Middle East and Africa.

“The fun, informative sessions have been designed to address some of the most common concerns among new and infrequent drivers, such as a fear of involvement in accidents.” 

The motor park will provide education about road safety and highlight some of the technological advances that are making motoring safer. It will include a driving track featuring props that mimic real-life situations on the road, but in a secure environment. During the test-drive, motorists will navigate activities such as ordering food at a drive-through restaurant, refueling at a gas station, and finding a parking space at a mall while avoiding common hazards such as abandoned trolleys. At the end of the session, they will park in front of a “drive-in” cinema and receive an individual evaluation of their driving, plus tips.

Five Hyundai models will be available to try out. A professional driving instructor will demonstrate the vehicles’ key features, then accompany each participant on a 20-minute test-drive of the vehicle of her choice. Women who have yet to obtain their driving licenses need not miss out on the experience. They will be invited to ride in the vehicle of their choice while an instructor leads them around the course.

Each participant will be introduced to pertinent road safety topics, such as hazard perception, parking, and basic defensive driving to avoid dangerous situations. 

Hyundai Motor Park 2018 offers fun for all the family, plus five food trucks. Children will learn about how cars work by building their own model engines; other entertainment will include quizzes, a giant game of Jenga, and a session on Korean handicrafts, a collaboration with Korea Tourism Organization. 

Hyundai Motor Park 2018 will take place in Dammam from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, in Riyadh from Nov. 14 to 17, and Jeddah from Dec. 17 to 20.