Careem announces launch of operations in Gaza, Nablus

Updated 11 January 2018
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Careem announces launch of operations in Gaza, Nablus

Careem, the region’s leading ride-hailing service in the MENA region, Turkey and Pakistan, has announced the launch of its services in the cities of Gaza and Nablus as part of its commitment to providing exceptional transportation services to the people of Palestine.
Hundreds of “Captains” have enrolled in the Careem platform to be able to provide modern transportation services in Gaza and Nablus.
The fleet in Gaza includes private cars licensed by the authorities and Careem will be operating with taxis in Nablus.
The strategy of the company in both cities will help provide state-of-the-art transportation services while also improving the taxi industry.
Mudassir Sheikha, CEO and co-founder of Careem, said: “We are excited to expand our mission in Palestine to Gaza and Nablus, two cities with significant untapped potential for mobility and youth employment.”
He said: “Careem’s objective in Palestine is to simplify the lives of people through an advanced mobility infrastructure, create tens of thousands of income-generating opportunities for local youth, and hopefully inspire other regional businesses to expand to Palestine.”
Also commenting on this occasion, Ibrahim Manna, managing director of emerging markets at Careem, said: “Careem takes pride in serving Palestine as part of its overall commitment to expanding its services to the rest of Palestinian governorates — a dedication also backed by the interest of its customers in Ramallah City during its soft launch stage.
“This opportunity coincides with an important development in a neighboring country, Jordan, following the statement issued by the Jordanian Prime Ministry authorizing Careem to operate in the country.”
He said: “We’re delighted to be implementing smart and safe transportation services for the people of Palestine. With Careem services now in Gaza and Nablus, customers can benefit from our smart app and will be able to know the cost of their ride through a fare estimator. Our customers will also be able to track their ride via the Careem app GPS technology, being able to share it with their family and friends. This is important for us and safety is a key priority at Careem, for our customer, colleagues and Captains.”
Manna said: “We are operating in close collaboration with the Palestinian government and all involved parties in Gaza and Nablus. Our objective is to contribute to providing excellent services and improving the transportation sector in Palestine.”
With an expected rise of over 5,000 “Captains” in Palestine within the next three years, Careem aims to present tremendous opportunities for all eligible youth and taxi drivers in Nablus and Gaza in joining the Careem fleet, which is already comprised of more than 500,000 Captains in the broader Middle East and North Africa, including Turkey and Pakistan.


SABB becomes ICAEW authorized training employer

Updated 26 June 2019
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SABB becomes ICAEW authorized training employer

The Saudi British Bank (SABB) has joined forces with Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) to become the first bank in the Kingdom to be an ICAEW authorized training employer. The partnership will help SABB attract and retain talented individuals by offering ICAEW’s ACA qualification.

The new partnership is part of the SABB’s strategy to become a best-in-class international finance organization, but most importantly by supporting the Saudi Vision 2030. By providing Saudi nationals access to internationally recognized qualifications and training, supporting development of their skills and abilities, SABB aims to help them achieve a better future that matches their qualifications and ambitions.

Matthew Pearce, chief financial officer at SABB, said: “By partnering with a world-leading accountancy and finance organization that maintains the highest professional standards, SABB is very proud to become the first bank in the Kingdom to be an authorized training employer with ICAEW. This partnership aligns with SABB’s vision and strategy to be internationally connected while developing Saudi nationals and supporting Vision 2030.”

Completing the ACA qualification enables professionals to use the title “ICAEW Chartered Accountant.” 

Michael Armstrong FCA, ICAEW regional director, Middle East, Africa and South Asia, said: “ICAEW works with employers to support the professional development of their teams. In Saudi Arabia, ICAEW works alongside the national profession to complement the important national accountancy qualification and equip finance talent with the broad range of technical knowledge and professional skills they need to make a great contribution to their organizations. 

“As an authorized training employer, SABB will be able to prepare employees for the internationally recognized ACA qualification. Throughout the world, our training partners benefit from being able to attract the best talent and develop the next generation of business leaders. Our partnership with SABB underscores its commitment to remain at the forefront of the fast-paced banking industry and contribute to the growth of Saudi Arabia’s financial services industry.”