Submissions open for Lexus Design Award

Updated 09 October 2018
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Submissions open for Lexus Design Award

Emerging designers and creators have about three weeks left to submit their entries for the Lexus Design Award 2019. The worldwide design competition provides a platform for creative talent from around the world, whose innovative works ultimately lead to a better future for all. Now in its seventh year, the award is being held under the inspiring call to “Design for a Better Tomorrow,” and the deadline for entries is Oct. 28.

Yugo Miyamoto, chief representative, Middle East and North Africa Representative ‎Office, Toyota Motor Corporation, said: “We are extremely delighted to launch the 2019 Lexus Design Award. This international competition has been motivating talented emerging creatives to fresh heights of innovation for seven consecutive years. 

“We look forward to being inspired by this year’s entries that are expected to ‘Anticipate,’ ‘Innovate,’ and ‘Captivate,’ and deliver groundbreaking solutions through designs that answer the evolving needs of society and overcome challenges to design a better tomorrow for all.” 

Miyamoto added: “Each of our chosen finalists will benefit from a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to turn their visions into reality with the assistance of our mentorship program, giving them an exclusive opportunity to partner with acclaimed professionals who share their valuable knowledge and experience. I would like to extend my gratitude to our loyal customers, whose support is a constant source of inspiration in our quest to reach beyond the conventional and create amazing experiences.” 

The six finalists in the contest are due to be announced in early 2019. Each will receive a production budget of up to JPY3 million ($26,400) to develop their ideas into functional prototypes. 

These will be displayed at the Milan Design Week 2019, where they will compete for the Grand Prix. 


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.”