Bab Rizq Jameel, Careem in deal to create jobs for Saudis

Tie-up reflects shared interest of both parties in supporting citizens in transport sector

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Bab Rizq Jameel, a Community Jameel initiative, has signed an agreement with Careem, MENA region’s leading app-based car booking service, to provide income and training opportunities for Saudi citizens who wish to join the transportation services sector.

The collaboration reflects the shared interest of both parties in supporting Saudi citizens and creating more jobs in the transport industry, primarily the private limo sector.

Since its launch in 2003, BRJ has helped provide sustainable jobs, training, and education for Saudi Arabian citizens.

Collaborative programs and agreements have so far secured more than 510,000 jobs. Signing up with Careem is a further example of how collaboration can contribute to the creation of job opportunities across different industry sectors.

Ministry decision

Abdul Rahman Al Fehaid, executive director of Bab Rizq Jameel, said: “This cooperation indicates that both parties are aware of the importance of providing jobs in the transportation sector and follows the Transport Ministry’s decision to allow Saudis to transport passengers in their private cars via approved apps such as Careem.”

Careem, one of the fastest growing startups in the region, seeks to be the largest provider of jobs for Saudis by 2020.

Dr Abdullah Elias, Co-founder and CEO, said: “By signing the MOU with Bab Rizq Jameel, we seek to enable and encourage Saudi youth by giving them the opportunities that were previously unavailable to them.

“Our mission at Careem is to make people’s lives simpler by providing them with simple transport solutions. This partnership will not only help achieve this but will also help Saudi citizens acquire additional skills through training and captain support programs, adding value to the entire community.”

Rowaid Sawaf, Managing Director of GearUP, which provides all car solutions for the partners in the agreement, said: “We aim to achieve the best for young people by providing the tools that will help them to upgrade the service provided to customers.”

Bab Rizq Jameel and Careem’s tie-up is closely in line with Saudi Arabia’s ‘Vision 2030’ which aims for a prosperous economy by making the most of the Saudi people’s potential and adopting the culture of freelance work.


This report was published in Saudi Gazette on November 14, 2016

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