Oore­doo con­cludes 2016 with m§ore part­ner­ship for youth

In tan­dem with the deep-rooted val­ues of its so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity

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KUWAIT: Oore­doo, Kuwait’s fastest net­work in 2016, re­it­er­ated its po­si­tion as a sup­porter and en­abler of youth through more of its var­ied part­ner­ships with rep­utable in­sti­tutes, and its own unique ini­tia­tives. This stems from Oore­doo’s deep-rooted be­lief in the im­por­tance of youth in build­ing the fu­ture of the Kuwait. Com­ment­ing on this, Oore­doo’s Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Se­nior Di­rec­tor Mi­j­bil Alay­oub said: “We are keen on col­lab­o­rat­ing with dif­fer­ent en­ti­ties in both pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors in or­der to en­rich the ex­pe­ri­ence of Kuwait’s youth. Through this, we hope to trans­late the vi­sion ex­pressed by His High­ness the Emir of Kuwait, who men­tioned on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions the im­por­tance of par­tic­i­pa­tion be­tween pri­vate sec­tor in em­pow­er­ing youth.”

Alay­oub added: “Through our sus­tain­able in­vest­ment in the abil­i­ties of our youth, we hope to cre­ate a gen­er­a­tion that is ready to take on to­mor­row’s chal­lenges. This re­flects our core val­ues of car­ing, con­nect­ing, and chal­leng­ing.”

Col­lab­o­ra­tion and Co­op­er­a­tion

Oore­doo is proud to be the first com­pany to sign a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with the Min­istry of State for Youth Af­fairs. The me­moran­dum aims at en­hanc­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two en­ti­ties to sup­port youthre­lated projects.

Oore­doo is also com­mit­ted to its par­tic­i­pa­tion in sum­mer in­tern­ship pro­grams for fresh grad­u­ates, held an­nu­ally in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Man­power and Gov­ern­ment Re­struc­tur­ing Pro­gram (MGRP). The in­tern­ships give grad­u­ates a rounded ex­pe­ri­ence on the var­i­ous roles and func­tions of Oore­doo’s dif­fer­ent de­part­ments and di­vi­sions.

The com­pany has also signed a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with the Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Law School. The me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing be­tween the two en­ti­ties gives Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Law School stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to in­tern at Oore­doo Kuwait and get ex­posed to the var­i­ous func­tions ful­filled by dif­fer­ent de­part­ments across the or­ga­ni­za­tion. High-scor­ing stu­dents can also get an op­por­tu­nity to in­tern in some of Oore­doo Group’s op­er­at­ing com­pa­nies out­side Kuwait.

Youth Ini­tia­tives

Oore­doo has launched this year, and for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, its own vol­un­teer pro­gram that suc­ceeded in at­tract­ing hun­dreds of youth from across Kuwait. The pro­gram, launched in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Spread the Pas­sion, aims to pre­pare youth with all the es­sen­tial skills nec­es­sary for them to vol­un­teer, be­fore match­ing them with vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. The com­pany is also a proud spon­sor of Ata Hub, a Kuwaiti on­line com­mu­nity for non-gov­ern­ment en­ti­ties and vol­un­teer groups aimed at help­ing all vol­un­teers find the right vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Sup­port­ing En­trepreneurs

In terms of sup­port­ing en­trepreneurs, Oore­doo part­nered with Murouj Mar­ket, at the at­trac­tive trendy lo­ca­tion where a pop-up mar­ket takes place once a month. The mar­ket in­cludes lo­cal farm pro­duce, ar­ti­sanal food prod­ucts and crafts, with a ‘street food’ sec­tion aimed at high­light­ing the culi­nary di­ver­sity of Kuwait’s lo­cal food com­mu­nity. The mar­ket also of­fers a sec­tion ded­i­cated for chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

Oore­doo is also a spon­sor of ATAHUB ini­tia­tive, an on­line and mo­bile plat­form that aims to raise the com­mu­nity aware­ness, col­lab­o­ra­tion and en­gage­ment in ini­tia­tives that have a pos­i­tive re­turn on the so­ci­ety and its needs. Ad­di­tion­ally, Oore­doo proudly spon­sored Jaribha, an on­line plat­form is based on the con­cept of “re­ward crowd-fund­ing”, where busi­ness cre­ators can achieve their project goals through the sup­port of peo­ple in re­turn for re­wards.

Hu­man­i­tar­ian Aid

With part­ners such as the Kuwait Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety and Ab­dul­lah Al-Nouri Char­ity Or­ga­ni­za­tion, Oore­doo held a num­ber of char­ity drives for the dis­placed peo­ple of Aleppo. The ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded do­na­tions via SMS and via links posted on Oore­doo’s so­cial me­dia chan­nels. Tak­ing the char­ity drive to the hot spots of youth ac­tiv­i­ties, Oore­doo held sev­eral char­ity events at Murouj Mar­ket, where a do­na­tion box for win­ter clothes and blan­kets was placed, in ad­di­tion to the “Tree of Life” ini­tia­tive, where vis­i­tors write mes­sages and tie them to a tree, and Oore­doo do­nates KD 1 for each mes­sage to the par­tic­i­pat­ing char­ity or­ga­ni­za­tions.

iPhone 7 Launch

Oore­doo, Kuwait’s fastest net­work in 2016, cel­e­brated the launch of the iPhone 7 at its head­quar­ters be­fore the mid­night hour of the of­fi­cial iPhone launch date, the 24th of Septem­ber. The spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion was at­tended by hun­dreds of cus­tomers, who waited for mid­night to sign up to the lat­est plans with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

The event was pre­sented by so­cial me­dia in­flu­encers Bibi Alab­dul­mohsen and Yaqoub Boushehri, and comes as yet another tes­ta­ment for Oore­doo’s be­lief in youth and the so­cial medi­ums that are closer to them. The hosts, both of whom have a sub­stan­tial fol­low­ers base on so­cial me­dia chan­nels, held a num­ber of com­pe­ti­tions on stage, award­ing win­ners valu­able prizes from Oore­doo. The event also in­cluded mu­si­cal per­for­mances by a band from the Nether­lands, who use fire, wa­ter, and light in their vis­ually stun­ning shows.

Cel­e­brat­ing Suc­cess

Oore­doo was proud to be among the first com­pa­nies to host Kuwaiti shoot­ing cham­pion Fe­haid Al Dee­hani upon his re­turn to Kuwait with the gold medal fom the 2016 Sum­mer Olympic Games in Rio, af­ter his his­tor­i­cal achieve­ment. The re­cep­tion took place at the com­pany’s head­quar­ters and was at­tended by Oore­doo’s ex­ec­u­tive man­agers and de­part­ments’ heads. It in­cluded a cel­e­bra­tory tra­di­tional Ardha dance. Em­ploy­ees and vis­i­tors to the head of­fice branch were able to meet and greet the Olympic cham­pion. Al Dee­hani was awarded with a diamond line with free lo­cal calls, mes­sages and in­ter­net as a to­ken of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for his achieve­ment.

Hala Fe­bru­ary

Cel­e­brat­ing Kuwait’s big­gest an­nual event, Oore­doo was proud to be the main spon­sor for Hala Fe­bru­ary 2016. Oore­doo’s part­ner­ship with this fes­ti­val re­flects the com­pany’s be­lief in its so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity to­ward the com­mu­nity and in the im­por­tance of ef­fec­tively tak­ing part in na­tional events and ac­tiv­i­ties. The fes­ti­val ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded Hala Fe­bru­ary camp in Bnei­der, which in­volved a ded­i­cated area to sup­port small busi­nesses. Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded ed­u­ca­tional, cul­tural and re­li­gious sym­po­siums in ad­di­tion to chil­dren ac­tiv­i­ties.

One of the most ex­cit­ing parts of Hala Fe­bru­ary Fes­ti­val 2016 was the mu­si­cal con­certs, which cap­tured the in­ter­est of many peo­ple in­side and out Kuwait. Six­teen pop­u­lar singers from the Mid­dle East par­tic­i­pated in con­certs where hun­dreds of at­ten­dees were amused, par­tic­i­pat­ing singers were Abadi Al Jo­har, Asala Nasri, Fa­had Al Kubaisi, Cheb Khaled and Tamer Hosni, Shamma Ham­dan, Saad Al Mu­jarad, Ibrahim Dashti, Hatem Iraqi, Musaed Al Balushi, Na­bil Shuail, Ah­lam, Hind Al Bahra­nia, Shereen and Hus­sein Al­jasmi.

Achieve­ments and Awards

The year came with a num­ber of achieve­ments for Oore­doo, cul­mi­nat­ing in win­ning the “Speedtest Awards Win­ner 2016” by Ookla, the com­pany that op­er­ates the fa­mous web­site Speedtest.net, a tool that mea­sures net­work speed on users’ de­vices. The awards are based on speed test re­sults con­ducted by hun­dreds of thou­sands of ac­tual smart­phone users in Kuwait.

Oore­doo also won a num­ber of awards from the Global As­so­ci­a­tion for Con­tact Cen­tre & Cus­tomer En­gage­ment Best Prac­tices, in­clud­ing: Best Con­tact Cen­tre Di­rec­tor in EMEA, Ex­cel­lence in the Sup­port Pro­fes­sional cat­e­gories for IT and HR, and Best Con­tact Cen­tre Op­er­a­tional Man­ager.

The mo­bile op­er­a­tor also won in the cat­e­gories of best Ra­madan tele­vi­sion com­mer­cial, best prod­ucts and ser­vices tele­vi­sion com­mer­cial, and in­no­va­tive pub­lic re­la­tions team cat­e­gory at the fourth ‘Cre­ativ­ity Awards’ night by the Arab Me­dia Fo­rum held early De­cem­ber.

Closer Con­nec­tion

Keep­ing up with its yearly habit, Oore­doo has re­leased a tele­vi­sion com­mer­cial for Ra­madan that man­aged to reach over 1 mil­lion views on YouTube within 48 hours of its re­lease on the first day of Ra­madan. The com­mer­cial this year fo­cused on the true spiritual essence of Ra­madan, and was en­ti­tled “Closer Con­nec­tion” in ref­er­ence to the con­nec­tion be­tween man and God. The star-stud­ded pro­duc­tion’s lyrics are writ­ten by Emi­rati lyri­cist Ali Al-Khawar and the mu­sic is com­posed by Kuwaiti com­poser Fa­had Al-Nasser. The song is a duet per­formed by Saudi singer Rashed AlMa­jed and Egyp­tian star Ang­ham, and fea­tures Tu­nisian singer Lutfi Boush­naq. The lyrics fo­cus on the sim­plic­ity of mak­ing a strong con­nec­tion with God by ask­ing for His help sin­cerely and hon­estly, and it touches on the themes of God’s sup­port and un­con­di­tional love to all peo­ple, re­gard­less of their back­ground. The video fea­tures a num­ber of well­known char­ac­ter, in­clud­ing Turk­ish ac­tor Bu­rak Oz­civit, Kuwaiti re­tired ac­tress Raja Mo­hammed and the ac­tor cou­ple Fouad Ali and Haya Ab­dul­salam, in ad­di­tion to a num­ber of so­cial me­dia in­flu­ences known for their phi­lan­thropist work, such as Safa Al-Failakawi, an ad­vo­cate of adop­tion, in ad­di­tion to Kuwaiti univer­sity stu­dents in the USA, Group 228, Dr Ma­jeda Al-Yatama, Sun­dus Al-Qat­tan, and Oman foot­baller Ali Al-Habsi.

Oore­doo’s team pose for a group photo at the if­tar tent.

Large group of peo­ple at the of­fi­cial re­lease of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Oore­doo’s CEO Sheikh Mo­ham­mad bin Ab­dul­lah Al Thani is pic­tured with In­for­ma­tion and Youth Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sheikh Sal­man Al-Hu­moud Al-Sabah.

Oore­doo par­tic­i­pates in dis­tribut­ing aid to Syr­ian refugees.

Oore­doo’s team re­ceives an award.

Oore­doo’s CEO Sheikh Mo­ham­mad bin Ab­dul­lah Al Thani ar­rive at the Hala Fe­bru­ary Fes­ti­val.

Oore­doo’s Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Se­nior Di­rec­tor Mi­j­bil Alay­oub par­tic­i­pates in dis­tribut­ing if­tar meals dur­ing Ra­madan.

Oore­doo’s CEO Sheikh Mo­ham­mad bin Ab­dul­lah Al Thani presents a gift to In­for­ma­tion and Youth Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sheikh Sal­man Al-Hu­moud Al-Sabah.

Olympic Gold Medal­ist Bader Al-De­hani is hon­ored by Oore­doo.

Oore­doo’s Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Se­nior Di­rec­tor Mi­j­bil Alay­oub par­tic­i­pates in a fes­ti­val hosted by the Min­istry of State for Youth Af­fairs on the In­ter­na­tional Vol­un­teer Day.

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