Saudi startup Wasel Lee secures $133,000 seed round

Updated 17 March 2018
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Saudi startup Wasel Lee secures $133,000 seed round

Saudi-based logistics platform Wasel Lee has announced a $133,000 Series A round of funding, led by three individual investors. The platform, which is one of the projects incubated by the Badir Program for Technology Incubators and Accelerators at the Abha incubator, plans to use the funds to introduce new products and features, and further develop its technology and grow its team in the southern region of Jizan.
Founded in 2017, Wasel Lee helps users to request food supplies, special services, daily supplies, mail receipts and other services that can be delivered as per the convenience of the user.
Imad Murad, founder and partner of Wassel Lee, said: “The platform offers a wide range of services and products to individuals and companies through a mobile phone application. It has a wide and growing network of partners in the fields of food provisions, finance, real estate, medical supplies and bookings.”
He added: “The growth of the platform over the past year has backed our intention to start new investment rounds and provide a larger capital to expand these services and open up new markets in order to make this platform accessible to a larger segment of customers.”
Wasel Lee is an interactive electronic platform that provides logistical support and products, services and information, services for productive families, logistics and real estate special services, daily necessities and medical reservations, marketing and advertising of goods and shipping services and other resources for users of this application in the Kingdom.


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.”