Who are you thankful for?

Most of us have experienced the power of gratitude – whether it’s someone thanking us for helping them out, for doing a good job or even for simply holding the door open. Sometimes we tend to underestimate the power that these two little words can have: Thank You. It’s been linked to improving well-being, strengthening relationships, producing positive emotional states and reducing stress levels. Not bad for two little words, right?

Most people want to be thanked for things they’ve done, even if it’s something they’re supposed to do. Being appreciated is a strong motivator, whether at work or in our personal lives, so such a small gesture can have a big impact.



So, for International Thank You Day, we asked some of our colleagues and Captains one simple question: Who were you thankful for in 2017 and why?


Here’s what they had to say:

Career development

“I’d like to thank one of my managers for giving me the opportunity to lead, mentoring me and helping me grow professionally. It pushed me to seek bigger opportunities.”

– Nour Darraj, SEM Executive


Successful together

“My team has helped me achieve so much this past year and I couldn’t have done it without them, so I couldn’t be more thankful for them. My family has also provided me with continuous support and motivation, always standing by my side, and I’ve learnt a lot from them.”

–          Mahmoud Salem, Member of Technical Staff       


Simple gestures

“Last year Christmas was unforgettable for me because the Careem team surprised me with an invitation to a Christmas lunch with the team. It made me feel like I am home and enjoying my day with my family. It was one of the best Christmases I ever had! So, I’d like to say thank you so much for making me a part of your family.”

–          David Njuguna, Careem Captain  



Impactful support

“2017 was a great year for me and my family and so many good things happened to me. I am so thankful to my family for supporting me in starting a small Islamic Study Centre in my village in Pakistan, called Aysha Siddique Lel Bannat, for women and children. The main goal is to help people in the community there and it wouldn’t be possible without my family, with God’s blessings of course.”


–          Irfan Fazal, Careem Captain


The right people

“I’m thankful for good, honest, brave, kind, and uniquely weird friends who I can be myself around. I’m grateful for family and the love and hope they provide. I’m grateful for every random coincidence that ends up in a great story.”


–        Mutassem Musmar, Sales Manager – Key Accounts


Meaningful impact

“Every day I’m thankful for the people who have been there over the past five years, for believing in our mission to improve and simplify the lives of people and for making it possible. I’d like to say thank you to our Captains, colleagues and customers.”


–        Mudassir Sheikha  – Co-Founder and CEO, Careem


What about you?