Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh celebrates 15 years

The milestone was celebrated with a special gathering for all hotel employees.
Updated 12 March 2018

Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh celebrates 15 years

Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh recently celebrated its 15th anniversary. The hotel first opened doors on Feb. 28, 2003.
This milestone was celebrated with a special gathering for all employees, followed by a cake-cutting ceremony hosted by the hotel’s planning committee. The committee thanked the staff members for their dedication and contribution.
“With Four Seasons standards as a base and the true essence of Arabian hospitality reflected by the team in Riyadh, the property proudly achieved high merit locally and globally,” the hotel management said.
Rolf Lippuner, general manager, said: “It gives me great pride to celebrate this important day with our team members who always seek new ways to create unique, memorable, personalized and innovative experiences for our guests.
“Our 15th anniversary is another exciting milestone at Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh, as we embark on our upcoming guest room renovation slated for October. The transformation will showcase modern yet sophisticated interiors incorporating environmentally friendly furnishings, new technology as well as heritage elements unique to Saudi Arabia.”
Over the years, Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh has become a symbol of hospitality and excellence in the country.
Set in the capital’s most iconic landmark, Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at the Kingdom Centre brings together a variety of luxurious suites and guest rooms to suit every traveler. The hotel’s prime location makes it a favorable destination for business and leisure. It is close to key business areas, shopping centers, as well as artistic and cultural sites. The Kingdom Centre Mall, an upscale three-level shopping center, can be accessed directly through the hotel lobby.
The hotel has 274 guest rooms including 37 suites and occupies the 30th to 50th floor of the Kingdom Tower.

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.”