Middle East Social Media Summit begins granting of scholarships in new media

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The Middle East Social Media Summit launched its scholarship award program in Dubai on Wednesday, in cooperation with the American University in the Emirates (AUE) (Supplied)
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The Middle East Social Media Summit launched its scholarship award program in Dubai on Wednesday, in cooperation with the American University in the Emirates (AUE) (Supplied)
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The Middle East Social Media Summit launched its scholarship award program in Dubai on Wednesday, in cooperation with the American University in the Emirates (AUE) (Supplied)
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The Middle East Social Media Summit launched its scholarship award program in Dubai on Wednesday, in cooperation with the American University in the Emirates (AUE) (Supplied)
Updated 05 December 2018
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Middle East Social Media Summit begins granting of scholarships in new media

DUBAI: The Middle East Social Media Summit launched its scholarship award program in Dubai on Wednesday, in cooperation with the American University in the Emirates (AUE), and will run until Thursday.
The summit has announced the awarding of scholarships in Media for bachelor’s and master’s degrees
Professor Muthanna Abdul Razzaq, President of the American University in the Emirates, announced partial and complete scholarships for the children and wives of the martyrs based on meeting the requirements of admission in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
In the field of academic sponsorship in the Middle East Social Media Summit, Razzaq announced at the opening of the Summit the awarding of special scholarships for the Middle East Social Media Summit, including:

- 3 Scholarships for the bachelor’s degree and one for the master’s program — Full Scholarships
- 5 Scholarships for the bachelor’s degree and 2 for the master’s program with 75% discount
- 10 Scholarships for the bachelor’s degree and 5 for the master’s program with 50% discount
- 25% discount is awarded to any application depending on grades and admission criteria for some specializations

Professor Razzaq said in a press statement: “These scholarships are a constant confirmation of the vital role of the university in the Emirates and the region, and of its close relationship with all vital and new fields that contribute to participation with the community in its interests and issues, in addition to the continuous role of the university in developing new and non-traditional courses in different areas.
“Our partnership with the Middle East Social Media Summit through its major conference in Dubai or through its activities in the region is a culmination of new, creative, and innovative approaches to make the academic sector an important and active partner in life and the future, and to support youth opportunities in the region in order to achieve skilled qualification, that indulges them at the center of the business sector and its vitality, especially in a field that has rapidly changed and developed such as social media and its various current, expected and future applications, allows to view the successive transformations in this sector,” said Professor Razzaq added.
Nasser Al Sarami, CEO of the Middle East Social Media Summit, expressed the forum’s pride in this strategic partnership, and in the participation of the AUE, and what the university represents today as a beacon of various initiatives and its precedence in creating areas of study that are not available in the region in general.
“In this forum we, as a summit that cares for business, youth and initiatives in the region and the impact of communication in creating an environment conducive to the growth of the economic sectors, view this initiative as a great embodiment of the relationship between the business sector and the labor market in the academic sector, in which the University represents the top of its dynamism,” Al-Sarami added.


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.”