Bab Rizq Jameel, a Community Jameel initiative, has signed an agreement with app-based car booking service Careem, to provide jobs and training opportunities for Saudi citizens in the transport industry.

The collaboration reflects the shared interest of both organizations in supporting Saudi citizens and creating more jobs in the sector.

Since its launch in 2003, Bab Rizq Jameel has helped provide employment, training, and education for Saudi Arabian citizens through a variety of programs across its 36 branches in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Morocco, and Turkey.

Its collaborative programs and agreements have so far helped to create more than 510,000 jobs.

The venture with Careem is a further example of how collaboration can help create job opportunities across different industries.

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. It 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 start-ups in the region, seeks to be the largest provider of jobs for Saudis by 2020.

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

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.