Wallan Trading, Skop partner for car rental app

Skop Holding Group recently honored Mike Song, head of Middle East and Africa region at Hyundai Motor Company.
Updated 29 October 2018

Wallan Trading, Skop partner for car rental app

Wallan Trading Company, the official distributor of Hyundai in Saudi Arabia’s central region, has signed a deal with Skop Holding Group to use its IDrive car-sharing platform.

Wallan will use the opportunity to expand its rental services in and around Riyadh using the application, promoted as the attractive and affordable alternative to vehicle ownership or rental.

“Hyundai is delighted to make its cars available on IDrive via its partner Wallan Trading,” said Mike Song, head of Middle East and Africa region at Hyundai Motor Company.

“Skop’s innovative platform will enable many more people to experience the performance, comfort, and safety of Hyundai motors and hopefully forge a lasting affinity with the marque.”

IDrive is aimed at people who wish to lease a vehicle for as little as a few hours. Customers are only billed for the duration of use and distance traveled, and car sharing is also offered, making the service different from those of traditional vehicle rental providers.

Rental cars are parked available in designated parking areas, conveniently sited in locations such as conference centers, markets, and malls. All IDrive vehicles are supplied in immaculate condition, with a full fuel tank and comprehensive insurance. 

Skop offers a diverse range of models, with a choice of numerous subtypes. The application also features an authorization service directly linked to Saudi Arabia’s Tamm system, a government initiative that provides verified data about vehicles’ histories to their owners.

Skop Holding Group organized a launch event for IDrive, which was attended by public and private sector officials as well as partners. At the gathering, the company honored Song for Hyundai’s support in preparing the platform for its release onto the Saudi market.

A pilot version of IDrive was launched in the Kingdom last May, and it will be officially rolled out in large cities later this year before being extended to smaller conurbations and governorates.

Wallan Trading Company Chairman Fahad bin Saad Al-Wallan said: “We are constantly trying to develop our services. This agreement confirms that we are in line with our long-term strategic plans to develop our business, especially at the digital service level.” The agreement was signed in the presence of Al-Wallan and Skop Holding Group Chairman Tarek bin Fahad Al-Dahmash. Other senior executives who witnessed the occasion included Ali bin Abdul Mohsen Al-Fulaij, Wallan director general of car rentals; and Dr. Mohamed bin Abdo Saeed Al-Moghalis, Skop’s vice president. 

Dr. Al-Moghalis detailed the IDrive application’s functions and features, emphasizing its ability to spare customers the time and expense of visiting car rental offices. 


Dubai to host Mideast’s first dinosaur auction

Updated 18 August 2019

Dubai to host Mideast’s first dinosaur auction

A massive 155-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton will be up for grabs for lovers of rare collectibles as Emirates Auction announced it will organize the Middle East’s first auction to sell the giant dinosaur skeleton. 

The online auction will be conducted by Emirates Auction, which specializes in organizing and managing public and electronic auctions, at a starting value of 14.6 million dirhams (SR14.9 million, $4 million) and will end on Aug. 25. 

The 24.4-meter-long by 7-meter-high skeleton, which dates back to the Jurassic period, is the first of its kind in the world to be installed at the Dubai Mall. 

Back then the 25-year-old dinosaur weighed up to five elephants and was one of the long-necked herbivorous dinosaurs and has a tail tapering to a long, thin whip-like end to defend itself against predators.

The dinosaur belongs to the Diplodocus longus variety, deriving it from the Greek words “diplos,” meaning “double,” and “dokos” meaning “beam.” 

Nearly 90 percent of the fossil’s bones are original, making it a stunning discovery in the history of palaeontology. The remains of the adult dinosaur were discovered in a sleeping position in 2008 at the Dana Quarry in the US state of Wyoming.

The auction will be an ideal opportunity for those looking for excellence to supplement their collections with a historic masterpiece rarely found around the world.

The specimen was previously displayed at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in the US state of Texas. It was sourced through Khalid Seddiq, founder of Etihad Modern Art Gallery in Abu Dhabi, and was put on permanent display at The Dubai Mall in 2014.

Emirates Auction is a UAE-based auction company in the Middle East. Founded in 2004, the company specializes in automobiles, vehicle license plates, real estate and properties, asset liquidation, VIP mobile numbers, jewelry, time-sensitive items, and heavy machinery, plant and construction equipments. 

Emirates Auction has achieved a number of milestones in a short span of time since its establishment, breaking 10 Guinness World Records along the way.

With increasing annual sales and registered bidders across the UAE, GCC and North Africa states, Russia and other countries across the world, the auctioneer conducts over 200 online and physical auctions per year. The company is credited with significantly contributing to the development of auction concepts in the Arab world.