British parliament honors K.T. Rabeeullah

K.T. Rabeeullah receives a Lifetime Achievement Award for his philanthropic activities at the British parliament.
Updated 26 July 2016

British parliament honors K.T. Rabeeullah

K.T. Rabeeullah has been honored at the British parliament with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his philanthropic activities.
The award, constituted by the Rotary International-Trivandrum Royal, was presented by Geoffrey Clements, chairman of Commonwealth Association for Infrastructure Development, recently.
While inaugurating the function, Virendra Sharma, member of British Parliament, said: “It is my privilege to honor him at the British parliament. I had come to know about the extent of Rabeeullah’s contributions to the society and humanity only very recently and today I am proud to sit next to him.”
Siddeeque Valiyakath, executive director and CEO of Shifa Al Jazeera Medical Group, Oman said Rabeeullah is a living legend and role model for philanthropists. He treats both rich and poor equally and a symbol of kindness and humanity.”
Rabeeullah is chairman and MD of the Shifa Al Jazeera Medical Group, Royal Shifa Hospitals and Naseem Al Rabeeh Medical Group, the largest medical service provider in the GCC.
Rabeeullah had won applause after he launched extensive charity initiatives in the Middle East and India. Recently he started a charity initiative of Rs.10 crores ($1.5 million) for the socially backward families.
He also contributed Rs.50,000 ($750) each to the families of those killed in the fireworks accident at the Puttingal Temple at Paravur, Kerala, India. The victims from nearly 300 families benefited from the relief package. In addition, he has offered jobs for the qualified members of the victims’ families.
Starting off as a small clinic 36 years ago, his network of health care centers has spread wings across Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and the UAE.
Rabeeullah said: “We will also extending our services to the UK and the United States. In the UK we will be opening dermatology/cosmetology & dental clinic soon.”

Motoring extravaganza SIMS 2018 begins in Jeddah

Updated 18 December 2018

Motoring extravaganza SIMS 2018 begins in Jeddah

The Saudi International Motor Show (SIMS) 2018 opened its doors on Sunday at the Jeddah International Exhibition and Convention Center. The annual event, in its 40th year, will continue until Thursday.

The show was inaugurated by Hassan Dahlan, secretary general of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), in the presence of Hadi Al-Harith, CEO of Al-Harithy Company for Exhibitions (ACE).

The five-day motoring extravaganza, spanning 10,000 square meters of indoor and outdoor exhibition space, will witness the rollout of the automotive industry’s newest models, from the US, Europe, Japan, Korea, and China, and including the latest SUVs and 4x4s, industry-changing electric cars and everything in between.

“In addition to shining the spotlight on the latest and most efficient automobiles and industry-shaping technology, the 2018 Saudi International Motor Show offers an inimitable experience for the whole family, with a plethora of captivating activities and interactions throughout the five days including stunt driving, drifting motorsport events, an off-road experience, and retail areas,” a press release said.

The show will see brand exhibitors showcase 100 automotive vehicles, including eight cars revealed for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Speaking at the inauguration, Dahlan talked about the “great success” achieved by the motor show in the past 40 years.

ACE CEO Al-Harith said: “SIMS is the oldest and biggest auto show in the region, and the 2018 edition will ensure that it maintains that position. There is a huge demand in the Saudi market for an international motor show and we look forward to delivering a unique experience.”

He added: “As Saudi Arabia’s premier automotive event, the Saudi International Motor Show is the only place car fans, young and old, will get up close to some of the latest glamorous cars set to be hitting roads around the world in the near future.”

The Jeddah Traffic Department is also participating in the show, with the aim to spread its message to both male and female drivers. Officials from the department will spread awareness about traffic laws and regulations, the importance of following them and the consequences of violations.

The show opens daily from 4 p.m. until 11 a.m.

Saudi Arabia is currently the largest importer of vehicles and auto parts in the Middle East, accounting for nearly 40 percent of all vehicle sales in the region. New car sales are slated to rise by 8-9 percent annually, crossing the 1 million mark by 2020.

Presently, the light commercial vehicle segment is the most dominant, accounting for majority of the overall commercial vehicles sold in Saudi Arabia, followed by medium-heavy commercial vehicles and buses.