Grundfos event ensures availability of clean drinking water in the region

Experts speak at the forum in Riyadh.
Updated 19 January 2018

Grundfos event ensures availability of clean drinking water in the region

Grundfos, the award-winning world leader in advanced pump solutions, recently organized a forum on bromate in Riyadh’s Movenpick Hotel.
The event was held under the title “Water Desalination — Bromate Even.”
A large number of experts, government officials and members of multinational corporations attended the event to discuss issues related to water desalination and promoting health and safety regulations for drinking water in the region.
Henning Sandager, managing director, Grundfos, Middle East and Turkey, said: “The significance of this event emanates from the importance of water desalination and providing healthy and clean drinking water to people in this region. The topics discussed during the forum do not only address critical challenges facing the region, they also conform with Saudi Vision 2030.
“Removing harmful chemicals from desalinated drinking water is a pressing issue for countries which do not have sufficient natural water resources. Grundfos is well positioned to spearhead the endeavors of the region’s governments in achieving their ultimate goal of ensuring sustainable drinking water for their growing populations.”
The proceedings of the forum witnessed the participation of two main speakers: Corrado Sommariva, managing director of ILF Consulting Engineers, who has vast experience in thermal, reverse osmosis and wastewater systems; and Carlos Demmerle, member of the Council of Technical Sales, and Industrial Product Management Working Group within the German Association of Engineers. The speakers shed light on the main challenges related to bromate and drinking water.
A special seminar was held to discuss the most challenging issues on the subject. A panel discussion was also organized to highlight topics related to bromate, including the implementation of given suggestions under Saudi Vision 2030.

Careem honors outstanding captains in Riyadh

Updated 12 December 2018

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.”