McGraw-Hill Education appoints Obeikan Education as exclusive distributor in KSA

McGraw-Hill Education recently signed an exclusive distribution agreement in Saudi Arabia with Obeikan Education.
Updated 22 February 2018
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McGraw-Hill Education appoints Obeikan Education as exclusive distributor in KSA

Learning science company McGraw-Hill Education has signed an exclusive distribution agreement in Saudi Arabia with Obeikan Education, a leading regional education solutions company. Through this agreement, McGraw-Hill Education’s English language US editions and KSA adaptations of K-12 print and digital products within its Math and Science portfolio and its English language learning products that serve both the K-12 and higher education markets, will be available via Obeikan Education’s extensive distribution network of private and international K-12 and higher education institutions in the Kingdom.
This partnership supports McGraw-Hill Education’s vision of unlocking the full potential of each learner and also reinforces Obeikan Education’s commitment to be the supplier of choice for the leading national and international schools and higher education institutions in the region.
Hania Baramki, regional commercial director, Middle East and Africa, of McGraw-Hill Education, said: “With this agreement McGraw-Hill Education and Obeikan Education will work together to further our products’ availability for the local markets, which we have served for the past seven years. We are delighted to join hands with Obeikan Education and thrilled by the prospect of expanding our focus within the Saudi market, as well as widening our regional footprint within the Middle East. This move is a testament of our commitment to becoming the publisher of choice for our print and digital customers in the region.”
Abdallah Obeikan, CEO of Obeikan Investment Group, said: “We believe that Obeikan Education’s unique capabilities in education, localization and curriculum development, digital and distribution together with McGraw-Hill Education’s expertise in learning solutions and curriculum content places our partnership in a prime position to serve the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s schools and higher education institutions. I am excited about the opportunity to partner with McGraw-Hill Education to deliver innovative offerings in this growing market.”


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.”