King Faisal University holds first student carnival

The Carnival of Student Clubs and Activities was held at King Faisal University (KFU) in Al-Ahsa on Feb. 20-22.
Updated 03 March 2018

King Faisal University holds first student carnival

The first-ever Carnival of Student Clubs and Activities was held last week at King Faisal University (KFU) in Al-Ahsa.
The aim of the three-day event on Feb. 20-22 was to offer a platform of creativity, learning and fun for the student community.
Each participating student club had a leading role.
The idea was hatched by a group of 13 KFU students: Al-Reem Al-Mutlaq, Reem Al-Zamami, Hadeel Al-Humam, Maram Busahail, Faye Bodai, Noura Al-Jughaiman, Najla Al-Hamali, Razan Bamousa, Al-Hanouf Al-Taisan, Bushra Al-Najar, Latifa Al-Sumail, Jumana Al-Jughaiman, and Alia Al-Dosary.
The accomplishment of 400 student volunteers bringing this vision to life showed the great potential of student leadership and work.
It was supervised by KFU’s deanship of student affairs, and sponsored by the university director.
Upon arrival, visitors were amazed by the transformation of a general students’ area into a true replica of a carnival.
People were welcomed by volunteers, who guided them on where to start and what to try first. There were student translators for English speakers.

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.”