36 Saudis graduate from AbbVie’s pharma training program

Basma Al-Buhairan, managing director for health care and life sciences at SAGIA.
Updated 11 December 2017
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36 Saudis graduate from AbbVie’s pharma training program

AbbVie, a global research-driven biopharmaceutical company, has concluded its pharma training program with a graduation ceremony in Riyadh to inspire future Saudi pharmacists.
The program returned this year to train 36 female and male students from various universities across Saudi Arabia.
The five-week program comprised a series of intensive, hands-on courses to develop a range of knowledge and skills needed for successful careers as pharmacists.
Students participated in the ceremony also attended by their parents and delegates from the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), King Saud University and Princess Nourah University at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Riyadh.
Since the program’s inception in 2015, it has trained 87 pharmacy students and graduates. In fact, a number of graduates from this year’s training have already accepted full-time positions with AbbVie.
Sari Hindi, one of the students who attended the Jeddah sessions, said: “This practical training experience was invaluable as it helped me to solidify the knowledge I had learned in the classroom and showed me, as a pharmacist, what my career potentials would be like. I’ve always been passionate about pharmacy but this experience has fueled my passion even more and helped me start my career with a global biopharmaceutical company after graduating from King Abdulaziz University. I am very excited about my new job at AbbVie to help make a remarkable impact on the lives of patients in Saudi Arabia.”
Basma Al-Buhairan, managing director for health care and life sciences at SAGIA, who addressed the graduates, said: “Learning and development in the health care sector is key in equipping young and bright Saudi talent with the tools they need to face the ever-changing dynamics of health care in Saudi Arabia. The cohort of pharmacists graduating at this event are an example of the many rising stars in Saudi pharmacy who will pave the way in helping the government achieve its Vision 2030.”
Aws Alshamsan, dean of the College of Pharmacy at King Saud University, said: “It is rewarding to see our students’ passion and flair for pharmacy being celebrated at the event today. It is our role, as a university, to prepare students with the academic and science backgrounds necessary to become pharmacists. Thanks to AbbVie, our students experienced first-hand what to expect from a career in the pharmaceutical sector as well as learned about the various career paths that await them. ”


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.”