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.


IsDB, LinkedIn team up for career advice program

Dr. Hayat Sindi, chief scientific adviser to the president of the Islamic Development Bank.
Updated 22 October 2018
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IsDB, LinkedIn team up for career advice program

LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), the multilateral development bank headquartered in Saudi Arabia, recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate over a career advice program aimed at encouraging and inspiring the next generation of future leaders across the developing world. 

With an initial one-year term, the MoU will further augment IsDB’s efforts in achieving its foundational mission to promote human development by alleviating poverty, promoting education and improving the health and prosperity of underdeveloped communities through Engage, the bank’s innovation platform closely aligned with the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs). Under the agreement, LinkedIn will offer mentorship and training, along with access to on-demand learning content, to the 30 identified winners of the Career Advice Program. 

Dr. Hayat Sindi, chief scientific adviser to the president of the Islamic Development Bank, said: “IsDB’s Career Advice Program aims to identify, mentor and encourage the future leaders of the developing world to accelerate the pace of growth within their communities. We believe LinkedIn is the ideal partner to add further value and enhance the impact of the initiative.”

Reem Mohammed, head of public sector, Saudi Arabia, LinkedIn MENA, said: “We are excited and proud to sign this agreement with IsDB, and play a role in shaping the futures of the brightest minds of tomorrow. Because of this MoU, deserving youth from the developing world — who are often likely to be overlooked — will have the opportunity to access matchless knowledge and expertise, and connect with the world’s largest pool of professionals through our network. Following the completion of the one-year term, we will be more than happy to continue our collaboration with the program and deepen our commitment to the Kingdom and its vision.”