Careem honors outstanding captains in Riyadh

Several rewards were handed out along with the grand prize, a brand new car, at the event. (Photo/supplied)
Updated 12 December 2018

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.”

New ‘world war’ can only be stopped by global cooperation

Updated 02 July 2020

New ‘world war’ can only be stopped by global cooperation

More than 200 million people are at risk of unemployment as human civilization faces a new world war in the form of COVID-19 that can only be stopped by global cooperation, a Chinese expert has told symposium in Abu Dhabi.

Dr. Wang Wen, executive dean of Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, and vice president of Silk Road School at Renmin University of China (RUC), said there is a significant risk of conflict because of social breakdown and instability.

He was addressing the e-symposium — COVID-19 and the Global Economy: Effects and Repercussions — organized by TRENDS Research and Advisory, as part of its First Global Economic Forum.

“The pandemic is turning into a protracted war, and the globe is facing an unprecedented crisis. Premature opening of some countries’ economies has exacerbated recurrence of the disease,” Dr. Wen said.

He said COVID-19 had developed as many as 40 variants, and the scientists are facing a significant challenge in tackling it. “It will take at least half a year before a vaccine is developed. Up to 1 billion people could eventually be affected, and the death toll could be 7 million.”

He lamented that anti-globalization sentiments are rising due to populism. “This will lead to the rise of protectionism even though no country can ignore global problems like pandemic and climate change.”

Ahmed Al-Turbak, an economist, said effective health policies should complement the right fiscal policies. “There is more scope for coordinated GCC fiscal policies. In previous crises, fiscal policies were not always appropriate as they were counter-cyclical as they cut spending during downturns.”

Dr. Omar Al-Ubaydli, director of research at Derasat, Bahrain, said the first requirement is an effective track and trace system besides comprehensive testing.  

Federico Bonaglia, deputy director at the OECD Development Center, France, said: “While it is difficult to generalize, the 2007-2009 global financial crisis shows us that it is important that stimulus measures do not waste taxpayers’ money or distort competition in the market.”