Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh celebrates National Day

Updated 23 September 2018
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Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh celebrates National Day

Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh has unveiled a week full of unique food and beverage (F&B) and room offers on the occasion of the 88th Saudi National Day.

The hotel’s National Day room offer includes luxurious accommodation for a special rate, free valet service, high-speed Internet, 20 percent off dinner at Elements, and festive welcome amenities. 

The hotel is also hosting a special National Day dinner buffet of rich Saudi cuisine every night from Sept. 19-23 from 7 p.m. until midnight at Elements restaurant. This dinner will be prepared by Saudi chefs Waleed Obaid, Reem Al-Harthi and Sarah Masailikh.

At The Grill restaurant as well, Saudi chefs Rakan Al-Oraifi and Anas Al-Sulaiym will prepare a traditional Saudi barbecue buffet. This special dinner at The Grill will be available on Sept. 23, starting 7 p.m. Guest will be welcomed with festive decoration and live entertainment. 

In support of Saudi talents, the hotel is presenting artwork by different talented youth representing Saudi culture and heritage. 

“This year, our celebrations are bigger and better than ever before aiming to take our guests on an unforgettable journey experiencing the rich Saudi Arabian culture,” the hotel said in a press release.


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.”