Orascom Development, Ezz Elarab to Launch ‘Green’ Transport Services

Egypt’s Orascom Development has joined hands with Ezz Elarab Automotive Group, the sole agent for Budget Rent a Car in Egypt, to introduce its eco-friendly transport solutions at its flagship resort, El Gouna in Cairo.

This is the first time Budget is offering its full suite of transport services including taxi, car rental, limousine, and shuttle services for any resort in Egypt and is in line with its strategy of providing premium transport services to the Egyptian market.

Coinciding with the launch, Orascom Development and Ezz Elarab Automotive Group have formed a new operating company, Budget El Gouna.

Samih Sawiris, the CEO and chairman of Orascom Development said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Budget to provide premium transport services in El Gouna as they are renowned for their outstanding levels of quality and safety. Their services will enable residents to enjoy more of El Gouna while visitors will have the opportunity to discover all that it has to offer, using comfortable and convenient modes of transportation.”
“Such hi-end services are elements Orascom Development consistently strives to bring El Gouna’s residents and visitors,” said the top official.

Hesham Ezz Elarab, the president of Ezz Elarab Automotive Group of Companies said, “We’re very pleased to be working with one of the first resorts in Egypt to continuously offer innovative and high-end services to its clientele as well as care about environmental sustainability.”

“Our line of eco-friendly transport services will help and ensure that El Gouna soon becomes a sustainable city.  We look forward to a long standing and mutually beneficial partnership,” he stated.

Orascom Development’s flagship resort, El Gouna is built on 10 km of secluded coastline, spread across islands and lagoons. Boasting of award-winning architecture, it is the only fully fledged town on the Red Sea Riviera. The year-round sunshine destination features world class amenities as well as some of the first hotels in Egypt to be awarded the Green Star Hotel Certification.

In keeping with both companies support of ‘green’ initiatives and environmental sustainability, Budget’s transport services will help to preserve the harmony of the resort for future generations.

Budget’s eco-friendly fleets of hybrid cars combine a petrol engine with an electric motor. Around El Gouna, cars can run on electricity alone, thus reducing carbon emissions.

Budget’s transport services will be available to both residents and visitors and is designed to make El Gouna’s shops, restaurants, as well as its other landmark attractions conveniently accessible.  Transport services are scheduled to begin operations within El Gouna by the 1st of March 2014.

The new services are also projected to boost tourism by facilitating transport in and around El Gouna, as well as provide numerous job opportunities. From this, the local economy is expected to benefit in terms of increased spending power from both tourists and in-town residents alike. And as the services expand, there will be increased jobs creation and importation of more vehicles to cover demand.

“We are expecting that Budget’s in-demand and innovative service will help bring back some of the lustre to the Egyptian tourism industry and give a real boost to the local economy,” concluded Mr. Nour El-Din, General Manager, Orascom Development.

Present in Egypt since 1980, Budget Rent a Car Egypt has continued to successfully deliver Budget International’s high service and quality levels. Committed to the highest standards of quality and safety, Budget Rent a Car Egypt is a leader in the car rental, limousine, and cab service industries.