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World’s Largest Car Rental Network Opens for Business in Oman



WHY IT RATES: Enterprise Holdings, Inc. continues to expand globally and introduced its three brands to Oman. – Mackenzie Cullen, Editorial Associate

The world’s largest car rental company, Enterprise Holdings, Inc., has extended its operations into Oman through a partnership with Oman-based Ayn Zain Global, part of Private Project Developments (PPD). This deal will bring Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands to the country. The partnership also involves Al Jomaih Auto Rental (Ajar), which is the master franchise holder for several countries in the region.

PPD was founded in 1992 by Mr. Amer Hamed Al Suleimani and has grown into a business which spans a variety of industry sectors. PPD has expanded into the leisure and tourism sector and the provision of vehicle rental compliments that development.

The business will operate at Muscat, Salalah and Duqm airports.

This further extends Enterprise Holdings footprint in the region, adding to the operations in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and Jordan.

Travelers using Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car services in Oman will qualify for a number of global customer programs. These include membership of Enterprise Plus and the Emerald Club from National Car Rental, both of which offer rewards-based on the level of usage.

Michail Mavrovitis, Enterprise franchising operations assistant vice president said: “We are delighted to announce the opening of operations in Oman through this partnership with Ayn Zain Global, a well-respected and important business in the country.

“Oman is a fast-developing market for both business and leisure travelers from many parts of the world who want to be able to rent a vehicle from a large, innovative, global organization with a reputation for excellent service and customer care.

“We want to be where our customers need us, and to deliver a consistent experience wherever they travel. Our aim is to enable people to access mobility where they live, where they work and wherever they travel across the world.”

Ammar Al Suleimani executive director of Ayn Zain Global LLC said: “Ayn Zain Global LLC is proud to partner with Ajar and Enterprise Holdings in representing the three largest global car rental service brands.

“Our highly experienced and customer service-oriented management team, which is complemented by a readily prepped, high quality, contemporary and reliable fleet of vehicles, is focused on ensuring that all of our clients experience complete satisfaction, each and every time they visit our rental offices.

“We strive to exceed our customers’ expectations and reward their loyalty with the highest standards of personal service which include hassle-free travel solutions, tailored specifically to each of our clients unique set of requirements.

“At Ayn Zain Global we are committed to putting our customers’ needs first and as a result they will all enjoy a safe and rewarding motoring experience in Oman.”

Sheikh Ibrahim M. Aljomaih, chief executive officer and chairman vice president of AJAR said: “We have adopted an ambitious plan and successfully established Enterprise Holdings franchises in the rapidly growing Gulf and Middle East markets, heavily investing in building the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands as the premier customer driven rental car option for business travelers, tourists and residents throughout the region.

“We are delighted to partner with the Ayn Zayn Company, adding Oman to the already impressive roster of countries served by Enterprise Holdings. Our Omani partners will benefit everyone, and we welcome them to the team.”

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SOURCE: Enterprise Holdings, Inc. press release.

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TSA to Enhance Security Training for Railroads, Buses and More



The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently issued a new final rule requiring higher-risk surface transportation providers to provide security training for some employees in an important move that fulfills multiple congressional mandates.

While typically associated with aviation, TSA’s new rule—which was published in the Federal Register on March 23—will not affect airlines but select railroads, public transportation systems and over-the-road buses.

Given the various challenges faced amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the effective date has been delayed by two months to 90 days from the date of publication, TSA said, meaning it’s scheduled to take effect in late June.

“The rule is intended to solidify the baseline of security for higher-risk surface transportation operations and sustain a commitment to ensuring employees within higher-risk surface systems and operations are prepared to help prevent a terrorist act and mitigate the consequences,” TSA stated.

“Preparing and training these employees to observe, assess and respond to anomalies, threats and incidents provides an important and effective tool for averting or mitigating potential attacks by terrorists or others with malicious intent that may target surface transportation.”

Examples of additional TSA surface transportation security initiatives include Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams to combat potential terrorist activities as well as grant programs that support surface transportation risk-reduction or mitigation measures with the help of federal funding, among others.

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