Indonesia steals limelight at AISJ International Day

Visitors try out traditional Indonesian snacks at the country’s booth.
Updated 03 March 2018
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Indonesia steals limelight at AISJ International Day

The Indonesian Consulate General and the International Indonesian School in Jeddah recently participated for the third time in the “International Day 2018” organized by the American International School of Jeddah (AISJ).
A one-day cultural event, which stressed the main core values of “embracing cultural diversity, developing relationships and enriching life,” was held on Feb. 24 at the main soccer field of the school and joined by a number of consulates and communities in Jeddah.
AISJ Superintendent Monti Hallberg said the event was held to give an opportunity to AISJ students and visitors to learn about other countries. Students were assigned to visit and learn the facts displayed on each country’s booth and then had their passports stamped.
“The prize will give an opportunity for all the students to hold the whole world in their hands,” he said.
Hallberg also appreciated the representation of Indonesia, which he said brings a new color each year to the event.
“The Indonesian representation at the International Day each year wins the award for the best educational booth. You have so many interesting facts. And we learn about your country, we learn about your history, we learn about your culture. I am very pleased to have Indonesia’s representation here,” he said
Umar Badarsyah, Indonesian vice consul of information and culture, who received the award on behalf of the Indonesian consul general, expressed appreciation for the opportunity to support the event for the last three years.
“In line with the core values of the event, it is a great chance for Indonesia with its spirit of ‘Unity in Diversity’ to greet visitors of the International Day, especially children, and get them to learn more about how Indonesian people enjoy living together in harmony with one another in spite of their differences in ethnicity, language, religion, art and tradition, yet respecting peaceful co-existence,” said Badarsyah.
A set of canvases painted by the Indonesia school students in colorful batik patterns (an original Indonesian clothing with unique design and pattern), handmade dolls in various costumes and traditional music instruments were a major attraction at the event.
Visitors were also given a chance to experience the process of making batik on the spot.


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.”