Uber launches portal for Saudi women

The portal will serve as a one-stop shop for Saudi women interested in driving on Uber.
Updated 18 June 2018
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Uber launches portal for Saudi women

Uber has rolled out a new registration portal for Saudi women. The portal, accessed through a separate “Masaruky” landing page on its website, will serve as a one-stop shop for Saudi women interested in driving on Uber once the driving ban is lifted in the Kingdom.
Uber’s “Masaruky” (“your path” in Arabic) initiative aims to increase women’s participation in the workforce through access to affordable transportation, in addition to increasing women’s access to flexible economic opportunities through Uber’s technology, the company said in a statement. The new landing page will cater to expected interest from women looking to benefit from extra earnings opportunities through Uber once they have received their licenses.
Earlier this year an Uber survey, carried out in collaboration with international research house Ipsos, found that 78 prcent of Saudi women surveyed were likely to get a driving license post ban removal, with almost a third (31 percent) of those surveyed indicating that they were interested in driving as an earnings opportunity.
Ohoud Al-Arifi, Uber marketing manager in Saudi Arabia, said: “We’re keen to continue to create change that’s meaningful and improves the experiences of Saudi women with Uber. So whilst we have historically provided women in the Kingdom with mobility options that previously didn’t exist, our new Masaruky landing page for women is an exciting extension of that journey.
“Many women have already recognized that Uber is the right choice for anyone who wants to make an extra earning from the flexible economic opportunities the technology provides on their own schedules, and we hope the new registration portal will help address any queries they may have as they gear up to start driving on the Uber app.”
In addition to the new landing page, Uber has also announced that it is in the process of rolling out its first women’s drivers support center in Riyadh.
The new center will see incoming female partner-drivers benefit from a fixed destination for all questions, comments and inquiries. Uber will also partner with key stakeholders to onboard new female partners, facilitating paperwork, training and access to vehicles for women interested in registering to the application.


NESR, Dhahran Techno Valley to open research center

Updated 18 September 2018
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NESR, Dhahran Techno Valley to open research center

National Energy Services Reunited Corp. (NESR), a provider of integrated energy services in the Middle East and North Africa region, through its subsidiary, National Oil Technology Company, has signed an agreement with Dhahran Techno Valley Company (DTVC), a wholly owned subsidiary of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). The agreement calls for the creation of a global center for the development of scientific research in DTVC.
The agreement was signed by Prof. Dr. Sahel N. Abduljauwad, acting rector of KFUPM, and chairman of the board of directors of Dhahran Techno Valley Company, and Sherif Foda, CEO and chairman of NESR, in the presence of senior management of Saudi Aramco led by Dr. Mohammed Y. Al-Qahtani, senior vice president for Upstream, Saudi Aramco and chairman of the DTVC Advisory Committee. The signing ceremony was held at the KFUPM’s headquarters in Dhahran.
Prof. Dr. Abduljauwad said: “We are very proud to have NESR join Dhahran Techno Valley and I am very pleased to see this level of investment from NESR to promote scientific research and local content in the energy sector in Saudi Arabia. I am confident that NESR will add significant value to Dhahran Techno Valley and the Saudi oil and gas industry with this investment and commitment.”
He added: “Dhahran Techno Valley brings together the largest number of national and international energy companies in one place and is now the largest of its kind in the world. Techno Valley provides the necessary infrastructure, services, and the appropriate climate to incubate the development of new technologies as part of the implementation of the Saudi Vision 2030.”
Dr. Qahtani said: “We are very pleased to see NESR as the first company from this region investing at such a scale. I also believe that NESR’s approach to create an open platform for innovative technology companies to come to the Kingdom is a unique approach and will be beneficial to the Saudi oil and gas industry. I look forward to seeing the results of their efforts and wish them the best for the future.”
Sherif Foda said: “We are very excited to partner with Techno Valley and KFUPM. We strongly believe that with this investment, we are taking an important step to develop fit-for-purpose techniques and technologies for Saudi Arabia as well as the whole region.”