Riyadh to play host to HVACR Expo Saudi in 2019

Andy White, senior vice president, dmg events Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Updated 18 February 2018
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Riyadh to play host to HVACR Expo Saudi in 2019

dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa, a leading international events company, will present the HVACR Expo Saudi in Riyadh, for the first time next year.
Set to take place at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center from Jan. 14-16, 2019, HVACR Expo Saudi will be co-located with FM EXPO Saudi and Saudi Clean Expo. All three events are well established in the country as they are part of the dmg events portfolio of construction-related exhibitions, which also includes the Jeddah-based Big 5 Saudi.
“The move of these three niche industry events to the capital has been carefully considered,” said Andy White, senior vice president, dmg events Middle East, Asia and Africa. “Relocation of our events serving these very focused and technical industries means our exhibitors will be delivering their great international products and services right into the heart of a busy market. But being in the nation’s capital means the events will also give them a platform from which to influence regulation and policy development in these critical sectors, as Saudi Arabia makes progress on its aims for Vision 2030.”
Riyadh represents a significant project market for HVACR, FM and cleaning-related businesses. The Saudi capital is home to more than 30 active projects worth $1 billion or more and some 25 percent of the country’s total construction activity takes place there. In addition, it has a large quantity of built stock demanding ongoing maintenance, as well as new builds becoming operational.
“There’s a great deal of opportunity in the market there, and we will be working hard to make sure our exhibitors and visitors get the chance to discover as much of it as they can,” said White.
As well as attracting thousands of visitors keen to research the latest products and service developments in their industry, the events will also provide the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and update their industry skills. A curated conference program will see industry leaders debate key trends and challenges, while a series of workshops will explore some of the latest technical advances with a hands-on and interactive style.
Attendance to all three events and their related conference and workshop programs will be free, but visitors will need to register to attend.


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.”