Al Baik fast food and a baby tooth: Careem shares its top picks from 2020

Al Baik fast food and a baby tooth: Careem shares its top picks from 2020
Careem has shared the details of its quirkiest orders and trips for the year. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 21 December 2020

Al Baik fast food and a baby tooth: Careem shares its top picks from 2020

Al Baik fast food and a baby tooth: Careem shares its top picks from 2020

DUBAI: We’ve probably all made some embarrassing orders on regional ride-hailing and delivery app Careem over the years, but have you ever had a stop sign delivered?

Well, a person in Pakistan certainly has — and the order was just weird enough to be crowned one of the regional ride hailing and delivery app’s “most unexpected items delivered” for 2020. 

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Careem has shared the details of its quirkiest orders and trips for the year exclusively with Arab News — and it might make you feel a little less guilty about your own ordering habits. 

Alongside the case of the mystery stop sign delivery in Pakistan, which was delivered door-to-door between two Careem users for an undisclosed reason, the company’s lost and found has turned up some interesting items over the past 12 months. 

While its most common finds were probably exactly what you’d expect — sunglasses, keys and mobile phones — one item that really caught a captain in Dubai off guard was a baby tooth wrapped in a napkin. The explanation provided when reunited with its owner was that it was “for the tooth fairy.” 

Careem, which launched in Dubai in 2012 as a ride-hailing service akin to Uber, now offers a food and goods delivery service on its Super App. It operates in 13 countries and 100 cities across the MENA region. 

Of the more than 1 million trips conducted in 2020, Careem’s shortest was a 1 km journey in Iraq. Its longest was a 140 km journey in Pakistan, made by a young girl traveling back and forth between Rawalpindi to Islamabad to move house. 

The platform’s most popular restaurant was Al Baik, a fast-food chain based in Saudi Arabia, and its most popular order a chicken nuggets meal from Al Baik. Its most popular shop was Lulu Hypermarket in Dubai but, rather mundanely, its most popular item ordered from Lulu a bottle of Al-Marai milk. 

Careem UAE General Manager Victor Kiriakos-Saad said that he was proud of the lengths the service’s captains had gone to to “unite customers with goods from across the spectrum throughout the quarantine period.”

“At Careem, we have been inspired by the many stories and acts of kindness within our communities that have been seen throughout 2020,” he said.


Tik Tok star Addison Rae can’t get enough of this Lebanese label 

Tik Tok star Addison Rae can’t get enough of this Lebanese label 
Updated 18 January 2021

Tik Tok star Addison Rae can’t get enough of this Lebanese label 

Tik Tok star Addison Rae can’t get enough of this Lebanese label 

DUBAI: US TikTok star Addison Rae stepped out in a pair of heels by Lebanese footwear designer Andrea Wazen this week.

The Beirut-based designer, who is the younger sister of Lebanese fashion influencer Karen Wazen,  launched her eponymous, celebrity-approved label in 2013 following stints with some of the most renowned footwear designers in the world, including Christian Louboutin and Rupert Sanderson. 

The designer’s impressive list of celebrity clientele covers a broad spectrum of stars, from Hailey Bieber to Tracee Ellis Ross and Jennifer Lopez to Kylie Jenner, who have all donned Andrea Wazen’s strappy sandals and stilettos.

Rae, who rose to fame doing fun-to-replicate dances, opted for the Immy mules in multi-color. The fanciful footwear features mesh lined with leather  and a cone-shaped heel. She paired it with a bright yellow sweater and mom jeans. 

It’s not the first time the 20-year-old has been seen rocking an Andrea Wazen design. 

Last month, the Tik Tok star shared an Instagram Story with her 33.2 million followers in which she was spotted wearing clear pointy-toed shoes with white-strap detailing, called the Dassy PVC pumps. 

She styled the shoes with a white shirt dress from French luxury label Louis Vuitton that featured large pockets on the sides and was tied at the waist with a matching belt.

Indeed, Rae seems to be a fan of the Wazen family’s businesses. 

In recent months, she’s also been seen wearing  sunglasses by Karen Wazen Eyewear, including a pair of “Vicky” in navy blue shades from Karen’s line, which launched in December 2018.

Meanwhile, Rae isn’t the only star who has fallen head over heels for Andrea Wazen. 

US actress Emma Roberts recently donned a blush, floral Ganni dress paired with shoes by Lebanese footwear designer.

She opted for the Denver Lavender pumps, a pair of mesh sandals with an adjustable buckle strap.

“The Kissing Booth” star Joey King is also a fan. 

The 21-year-old was spotted wearing the 90s-inspired Gloria mules for a recent press event in Los Angeles. She paired the mules with a top and matching leggings from New York-based label Lirika Matoshi and a By Far bag.