Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation organizing trade mission to Riyadh, Jeddah

Updated 19 February 2018
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Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation organizing trade mission to Riyadh, Jeddah

The Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) is the national trade promotion agency under the Malaysian Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
Together with the Council of Saudi Chambers, and cooperation from Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, MATRADE is coordinating the participation of seven Malaysian companies and 16 business delegates from Malaysia on a trade mission to Riyadh and Jeddah. The mission is part of the continuing efforts to strengthen and enhance bilateral trade ties and economic relations between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.
Products offered by the delegation members include commodities from various sectors such as personal care products (hand and body lotion, shower gel, heel balm, shampoo, herbal lotions, supplements, and cosmetics), and medical disposable and health care products (anesthesia products, catheters, laboratory consumables, medical equipment and supplies rehab and ambulance aid, bacteria/viral filters).
During the visit, the Malaysian companies will participate in a business session with their Saudi counterparts which will be held at the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Feb. 26, and at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Feb. 28.
The mission aims to increase awareness among business communities in Saudi Arabia on the wide range of Malaysian products and services and establishing networks between the Malaysian companies and their Saudi counterparts.
Among other objectives of the trade visit is to continue to pursue quality bilateral trade and investments in accordance with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.


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.”