Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies launches joint venture in KSA

The announcement was made at a press conference on Wednesday in Riyadh.
Updated 19 November 2017
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Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies launches joint venture in KSA

Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies (JJMD) has announced the launch of Johnson & Johnson Medical Saudi Arabia Limited. It is a Saudi-registered legal entity resulting from a joint venture between Johnson & Johnson Middle East FZ-LLC, Abdulrehman Algosaibi and Farouk Maamoun Tamer & Co.
The launch of the Riyadh-headquartered company marks an important expansion for JJMD in the Middle East, reinforcing a strong commitment to building health care solutions in the Kingdom, sharing global expertise and innovation through professional education and developing Saudi national talent.
“Saudi Arabia is an important market and we are excited about the government’s plan to advance health care under the Saudi Vision 2030 that aims to improve quality of life and health care services. We have a deep commitment to supporting this vision by helping health care systems navigate the impact of the changing landscape, ultimately improving outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction and reducing costs in value based care,” said Michelle Brennan, company group chairman JJMD EMEA.
“The flexible new regulations introduced by the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority have encouraged us to set up our legal presence in the Kingdom under a joint venture with our longstanding distributor partners who have strong knowledge and expertise in the Saudi market.”
The announcement was made at a press conference on Wednesday in Riyadh, held under the auspices of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA).
Johnson & Johnson Medical Saudi Arabia Limited, which also has a branch in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah, began operations in October and has started receiving orders to serve clients in the Kingdom. It launched under the leadership of General Manager Abdulaziz Al-AlSheikh with around 190 employees, including a female sales team. The new company comes to market with a Saudization rate of 25 percent and said it is committed to attracting, hiring, training and developing Saudi talent.
“We are very pleased to be strengthening our strategic partnership through this joint venture. We believe that Johnson & Johnson Medical Saudi Arabia Limited will have a positive long-term impact on health care in Saudi Arabia while also growing and enhancing the Saudi Arabian workforce,” said Magdy Saidum, director technical affairs at Abdulrehman Algosaibi, and Mohammed Tamer, group CEO and managing partner of Tamer Group.


Careem honors outstanding captains in Riyadh

Updated 12 December 2018
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Careem honors outstanding captains in Riyadh

Careem held the first edition of its Captain’s Excellence Award Ceremony in Riyadh on Saturday. The event, which will be held annually, was the first-of-its-kind in the region and welcomed over 300 top-performing “captains” (Careem drivers) across the Kingdom. 

The captains were awarded based on different criteria such as: Captains with the highest number of trips, highest (customer-given) ratings and longest serving captains. Rewards were also handed out to captain ambassadors, i.e. those with the highest number of referrals and captains that were given a special shoutout on social media by customers for their dedication to their service. Several rewards were handed out along with the grand prize, a brand new car. 

Abdulla Elyas, chief people officer and co-founder of Careem, opened the event with an ode to the captains in attendance, thanking them for their service and commitment in driving impact through meaningful initiatives across the Kingdom. Some of these initiatives included the vaccination campaign in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, which helped more than 100,000 men, women and children across 17 cities get vaccinated in their own homes. Careem also collaborated with Bupa Arabia during Ramadan this year to donate clothes from customers to people in need, where over 180,000 donations were collected. 

Elyas also announced Careem’s partnership with Alwaleed Philanthropies (AP) in delivering the first installment of cars for the empowerment of people with special needs. The foundation, chaired by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, will provide a number of cars over the course of seven years to men and women of the Society for Physically Disabled Adults (Harakia) after being trained.

“Our captains are the lifeblood of our business and we wanted to celebrate these men and women for helping us achieve our mission of simplifying and improving the lives of people in the Kingdom,” Elyas said. 

“We are proud to have 395,000 ‘captainahs’ (female drivers) and captains registered with us to date in Saudi Arabia, providing over 122 million rides. This ceremony is our small way to thank them for their service and reward them for the hard work they put in every day so that people have a safe way to get around. Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today” 

Muaaed Al-Saeed, a representative from the Public Transport Authority (PTA), said: “We are excited to have you all; you have overcome each obstacle you were faced with in a short span of time and for that we are extremely proud.” 

He added: “On this occasion, I convey the regards of PTA President Dr. Rumaih Al-Rumaih. The participation of myself and Majed Al-Zahrani, PTA general manager, is proof of our support to all the captains.”