Uber Eats launches in Riyadh

Uber Eats has added Riyadh in its entrée of more than 200 cities in the world that it serves. (Courtesy Uber Eats)
Updated 01 February 2018
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Uber Eats launches in Riyadh

DUBAI: Uber Eats has added Riyadh in its entrée of more than 200 cities in the world where customers can order meals online or through the app and have them delivered at home or in their offices.
Starting today, residents can download the Uber Eats app or access ubereats.com and choose from over 100 restaurant locations in Riyadh – from local favorites such as Cafe Bateel, Manoosh and Hamburghini to everyday brands including McDonalds and PizzaHut. Ordered food would be prepared and delivered in an average of 30 to 40 minutes.
“We’re hugely excited to be launching in Riyadh today. People in the city can now use Uber Eats to choose from hundreds of dishes to get the food they want, when they want it, delivered at Uber speed – whether that’s dinner at home, lunch at work or a snack when out with friends,” Mohamad Jardaneh, general manager of Uber Eats Saudi Arabia, said in a statement.
While Uber Eats is a global brand, the Uber Eats app in Saudi Arabia has been custom built to meet the needs of local residents and businesses, Jardaneh said, and Riyadh will become the first Uber Eats city in the world to launch with cash as a payment option.
“We know the importance of building technology to meet the everyday needs of locals. Whether that’s by opening up the benefits of our technology to more people with things like cash, or by investing in redesigning the app to offer customers the local experience they expect,” said Jardaneh.


J-PAL boosts refugee education

Updated 20 May 2018
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J-PAL boosts refugee education

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is launching a new scheme to help refugees access higher education in development economics. 

The goal of this new collaboration is to empower refugees through training that will enable them to leverage their local knowledge, build their technical skills, and become experts in the fields of development economics and public policy. 

Starting in the summer of 2018, J-PAL is teaming up with MIT’s Refugee Action (ReACT) initiative to provide access for selected refugees to the online MicroMasters program in Data, Economics and Development Policy (DEDP) offered by J-PAL and MIT’s Department of Economics. ReACT, which aims to connect refugees with higher education, will sponsor selected learners and provide access to five online MicroMasters DEDP courses on development economics; in-person workshops on business skills, and paid internships to put their skills into practice. 

Hassan Jameel, president of Community Jameel Saudi Arabia, said: “Education and learning are fundamental to a strong society, and providing access to MIT’s MicroMasters is a foundation upon which to rebuild the disrupted education and careers of refugees worldwide. 

“Building on computer science and entrepreneurship support for refugees in Jordan, this collaborative effort between J-PAL, MIT and ReACT creates another bespoke learning opportunity for refugees, opening doors and knocking down barriers to higher education for learners.” 

A MicroMasters is a professional and academic credential, accredited by MITx, MIT’s online learning platform, and offers individuals a route to applying for a full master’s degree program at MIT or other universities. 

The new initiative uses a carefully crafted model of blended learning — with financial support for online courses and in-person workshops, as well as strong emphasis on community building — to specifically target and overcome the educational challenges facing refugees. This track within ReACT aims to provide refugees with the tools they need to engage as technical experts with the problems facing their communities.