Avis Saudi Arabia launches new equipment leasing division

Avis Saudi Arabia has 40 branches in the Kingdom with a fleet of around 13,000 cars.
Updated 21 October 2017

Avis Saudi Arabia launches new equipment leasing division

Avis Saudi Arabia, a leading car rental and leasing company, has launched a new equipment leasing division to cater to the changing needs of Saudi corporate clients. The company aims to align itself with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to capitalize on the future growth opportunities in the transportation sector.
Hani Al-Saleh, CEO of Avis Saudi Arabia, said: “Existing and expected government and private sector projects are looking for better cost-effective transportation and equipment leasing solutions to complete their projects. As a result, demand for heavy and medium-sized equipment of all kinds has increased for companies engaged in FMCG, various development and infrastructure projects.”
He added: “We have received many requests to provide equipment leasing to our corporate clients and we are considering the future growth potential of the transportation sector to provide companies with long-term equipment leasing for up to five years, which includes electric/ diesel/ CNG forklifts, reach trucks and scissor lifts up to 10 tons, in addition to operating lease with unlimited hours usage/ full maintenance/ replacement for up to five years.”
Avis said it is trying to help companies achieve the highest operating efficiencies by minimizing purchase costs and offering the opportunity to support the company’s equipment fleet and eliminate maintenance and storage costs. “More importantly, the superior service and responsiveness of Avis maintenance teams will enhance the quality of the customer experience,” Al-Saleh added.
Avis Rent a Car was founded in 1977 and it is one of Arabian Hala companies. It has 40 branches in the Kingdom with a fleet of around 13,000 cars. Avis has many services including, daily, weekly and monthly rentals, chauffeur drive, international reservations, free door to door delivery, and long-term vehicle and truck leasing.

Alef Education launches first project in US

From right, Geoffrey Alphonso, CEO of Alef Education; Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone and chairman of NexGen Education; and Hanut Singh, CEO of NexGen Education and CEO of QBS Learning.
Updated 17 October 2018

Alef Education launches first project in US

Alef Education, a UAE-based education technology company, has announced the launch of its Alef education system in the US.

The system will be used at Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) schools in New York city, starting Oct. 15.

The Alef education system brings together a blend of the latest technology and pedagogical approaches geared toward learners of today. A key component of the system is the “Alef Platform,” which has three main pillars: 

•A fun and easy-to-use digital learning environment 

•High-quality digital content developed to engage and stimulate learning with a blend of videos, interactivities and games. 

•Real time data provided within each lesson to truly enable educators to support personalized learning and identify student strengths and weaknesses. 

The partnership between Alef Education and the Harlem Children’s Zone schools started in 2017 when leaders of those organizations met. The meeting included a review of best practices in pedagogy, instructional design, the use of technology, and the best ways to identify difficult concepts and detect struggling students early using data. 

Alef Education identified NexGen, an education technology startup based in New York City, as its US-based partner to carry forward the implementation of the program at the Harlem Children’s Zone schools and other school systems across the US. 

Geoffrey Alphonso, chief executive of Alef Education, said: “As a leading education technology company, we want to play a significant role in the creation of the next generation of innovative individuals around the world, and continue to provide the latest innovations in artificial intelligence-based and technology-driven education solutions within a holistic education system.” 

He added: “The implementation of our innovative education system in the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York city speaks of a quantum leap in our long-term mission to leverage technology to provide students with the personalized education they need to succeed, while also empowering teachers with real-time, actionable data.” 

Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York and chairman of NexGen Education, named one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine and as one of the 50 greatest leaders by Fortune magazine, said: “We are pleased to welcome Alef Education’s innovative education system into our schools in New York as of October 2018. Education systems across the world are witnessing unprecedented transformations and a transition to a more dynamic education based on new technologies. In this context, we have decided to adopt this program to further enrich the resources available to our students to ensure they have access to the best the digital education industry has to offer.”