BA announces perfect way for Saudi residents to enjoy holiday adventure

British Airways is planning a massive global special fares campaign.
Updated 13 January 2018
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BA announces perfect way for Saudi residents to enjoy holiday adventure

British Airways has just announced the perfect way for residents across Saudi Arabia to brighten up their January with the launch of their massive global special fares campaign.
In addition, the UK carrier has revealed some of its top travel predictions for travellers from the Middle East, selecting a mix of must-see places from its network of over 200 destinations.
Robert Williams, head of sales — Asia Pacific and the Middle East, said: “The Middle East is home to savvy holiday makers who want to explore new destinations, challenge themselves with exciting experiences and visit loved ones."
Williams said: “We want our customers to be able to experience their greatest holiday adventure yet without having to worry about splurging on that extra holiday for the year.”
He added: “Our current special fares campaign helps residents to visit traditionally popular cities, experience exotic places through our new routes and book in their annual visit home.”
Special fares across all routes and cabins
British Airways’ special fares offer runs across all its cabins through to Jan. 24 with travel valid until Dec. 12. The UK’s national carrier is offering return flights to London from Riyadh starting from as little as SR1,992 in its World Traveller cabins and from SR7,801 in its Club World cabins.
Highly anticipated sporting events, new routes and TV programs all influence the top travel predictions! Here is a shortlist of destinations that made it to the top of British Airways’ 2018 holiday suggestions:
NEW YORK: Wake up in the city that never sleeps by treating yourself to a long weekend in New York in 2018. With an iconic skyline, energetic nightlife, bounty of museums and endless shops, a trip to the Big Apple is guaranteed to leave you dazzled, and you’ll find it easy to see why it’s been voted The Best City in the World.
Flights: Return flights in World Traveller from Riyadh to New York via London Heathrow start from SR3,125 and Club World from SR9,779.
TORONTO: The ever-evolving and constantly innovative Toronto also features as a hotspot to watch. Canada celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2017 and, with Toronto leading the celebrations, more people are thinking of the city as one of Canada’s best destinations. Time your visit during the star-studded Toronto Film Festival, which draws global crowds and is one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world attracting over 480,000 people annually. With direct flights from London to Toronto year-round, find your way to a vibrant city which is perfect during sunny summer days or snowy winter evenings.
Flights: Return flights in World Traveller from Jeddah to Toronto via London Heathrow start from SR3,335 and Club World from SR11,820.
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE:
A brand-new route to Music City will be music to travellers’ ears, as from May 2018 British Airways will be travelling directly from Europe to the home of country music and good living. Discover Nashville through its streets, stories, and the stars on its pavements. Must see’s include the famous Bluebird Café and The Country Music Hall of Fame, whilst must do’s for food lovers include a huge traditional Southern meal of delicious crispy fried chicken and shrimp.
Flights: Return flights in World Traveller from Jeddah to Nashville via London Heathrow start from SR4,825 and Club World from SR12,825.
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA: It has never been easier to get to New Orleans; the birthplace of jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and R&B. Famous for its Mardi Gras, make the most of the city by visiting during the historical celebrations to catch the popular parades and electric atmosphere. Plan a visit to the architecturally fascinating French Quarter, followed by an evening out on the monumental Bourbon Street.
Flights: Return flights in World Traveller from Jeddah to New Orleans via London Heathrow start from SR4,617 and Club World from SR11,989.
INVESTMENT: British Airways is investing £4.5 billion over the next five years with a focus on excellence in the premium cabins and more choice and quality for all. The airline is investing £600 million in Club World, including outstanding catering and luxurious White Company bedding — plus, from 2019, a new seat with direct aisle access. At Heathrow, a First Wing check-in area with direct security and lounge access has launched, and lounges around the airline’s network are being revamped and improved.
Long-haul World Traveller customers will also receive an exciting and expanded new menu, which provides more quantity and quality to both meals and great snacking options throughout the flight. Customers can also look forward to the latest generation Wi-Fi across British Airways’ long-haul and short-haul fleets over the next two years, as well as access to power in every seat.


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.”