Holidayme among top startups in Arab world: Forbes

Mansour bin Madi, co-founder of Holidayme, Saudi Arabia
Updated 21 October 2017

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.

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.