More Arabs take Cambridge English exams

More people in the region are interested in improving their English language skills.
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Updated 25 March 2020

More Arabs take Cambridge English exams

Cambridge Assessment English, a part of the University of Cambridge, has reported that more than 7 million Cambridge English exams were conducted last year around the world. Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt have seen an exponential growth in the past year as more and more people in the region are interested in learning and improving their English skills in schools and at work.
Nassim Abu-Ershaed, regional commercial head at Cambridge Assessment English, said: “We’re seeing huge growth in the demand for English language exams right across the Middle East from primary school students to ambitious professionals working in English-speaking environments. We are particularly excited about the number of companies which are taking English language seriously, and our Linguaskill tests are proving enormously successful in this context.
“Cambridge Assessment English runs its work in the Middle East and Africa from a dedicated office in Dubai, staffed by experts in language assessment as well as business specialists and in the past one year our business has taken an exponential growth path, due to enormous interest in learning English and improving such skills in the Arab countries.”
The Cambridge English exams are developed by Cambridge Assessment English — a department of Cambridge University. The exams include Cambridge English Qualifications such as B2 First and C1 Advanced, as well as IELTS, and a range of tests for young learners, teachers and the workplace.
Francesca Woodward, chief executive of Cambridge Assessment English, said: “Demand is growing because people know they are getting the skills they need for the real world and a valuable certificate from a department of Cambridge University.”
At the end of last year, it was announced that a record-breaking 25,000 organizations accept Cambridge English exams as proof of English language ability, including King Abdul Aziz University in Saudi Arabia, Zayed University, American University of Dubai, American University of Sharjah and others.
They are also used for recruitment by top international companies such as Air France, Adidas, BP, Ernst & Young, Hewlett-Packard, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft and at local level by companies such as Etisalat, Sanofi Pharmaceuticals and National Bank of Egypt.


Lulu initiates faster delivery in KSA, partners with various food delivery apps

Updated 30 March 2020

Lulu initiates faster delivery in KSA, partners with various food delivery apps

RIYADH: LuLu, the region’s top retailer, joined hands with various delivery partners to further widen the reach and speed up its online grocery delivery, in view of the current curfew restrictions all the over the country to combat corona virus.

As part of the new initiative, shoppers can now order their groceries through popular apps, such as Hunger Station, To you, Careem now and Wasel. LuLu has created an exclusive list of essentials and daily groceries from which shoppers can order for speedy deliveries at their doorsteps.

Commenting on the new initiatives, Shehim Mohammed, Director of LuLu Hypermarkets in Saudi Arabia, said: “In wake of the current pandemic, we are exploring all possible avenues to ensure that residents in the Kingdom get their orders as quickly as possible. Apart from the food delivery apps, we have also tied up with Aramex, Samsa and many rent-a-car companies to expedite the delivery of online shopping orders.”

Hunger Station and To You has gone live with LuLu groceries on 29th March and others will be up and running in the next couple of days as confirmed by the authorities.

“We are fully aware of our responsibilities as a leading retailer and have ensured that our stores and warehouses are well stocked. We are working very closely with government authorities, suppliers and logistics partners to ensure uninterrupted and sustained supplies while maintaining the highest standards of hygiene, health and safety. We thank all our shoppers for their support and urge them to remain calm and stable, as there is absolutely no need for any anxiety or panic,” added Shehim Mohammed.