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.


Bank Al-Bilad leaders benefit from Ashridge program

Updated 19 July 2018
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Bank Al-Bilad leaders benefit from Ashridge program

More than 20 senior leaders from Bank Al-Bilad recently participated in an Ashridge Executive Education Leadership Development Program in Riyadh. With a focus on building 21st century leadership capabilities, this highly experiential and practical learning approach helped leaders communicate their strategic vision, set direction and develop high-performing teams to succeed within the dynamic and fast-moving Saudi banking sector.
With over 20 years of experience in developing regional business leaders, Ashridge delivered a highly customized program, designed not only to address the specific challenges facing the bank’s leaders today, but also to unlock emerging opportunities in the future.
Haitham Al-Medainy, general manager of Bank Al-Bilad, said: “Banking executives must constantly evolve their strategic platforms to keep pace with emerging challenges. In our sector, change is constant — from changing regulations to economic movements — and our leaders need to be prepared to tackle these issues with a focus on organizational leadership. The Ashridge program combined leadership development with strategic thinking and gave them hands-on development in solving their daily business challenges.”
The program was led by Ashridge’s international faculty team of Colin Williams and Tony MacRae. “This was an exciting collaborative partnership with Bank Al-Bilad, and a great opportunity to engage with and develop the bank’s leaders around their essential leadership and strategic capabilities necessary to successfully compete in today’s complex and challenging marketplace,” they said in a statement.
Established in 1959, Ashridge is a leading business school for working professionals with an international reputation for leadership development. It is among the 1 percent of business schools globally accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB; these are the highly regarded benchmarks of quality and standards in business education worldwide.
Each year it works with over 6,000 managers from 850 organizations in 60 countries by helping them to develop their leadership capabilities.
Regionally, Ashridge has over 20 years’ experience in the Middle East, designing and delivering senior leadership assessment and development projects.