KAEC’s group CEO honored at Business leadership forum

Updated 05 January 2015
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KAEC’s group CEO honored at Business leadership forum

Fahd Al-Rasheed, group CEO and managing director of King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), was presented with the Trailblazer of the Year Award at the Asian Business Leadership Forum (ABLF) in Dubai.
It was held with the support of Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al-Nahayan, minister of culture, youth and community development, UAE.
 The ABLF brought together prominent leaders, policy-makers, academia, media and opinion leaders of core industries from across the Middle East and Asia to discuss progress, developments and trends across a wide range of sectors under the theme “Asia Rising: Sustainable Leadership and Development in the 21st Century.”
The ABLF Awards are a highlight of the event and are presented for nine categories, in which the Trailblazer of the Year Award is given for the most impressive individual who had secured a leading position at the vanguard of the world of business achievers with an unprecedented record of powerful, original and innovative business strategies.
Some of the other notable ABLF Award winners this year were Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak “Umm Al Emarat”, Reem Al-Hashmy, UAE minister of trade in the cabinet, Abdul Aziz Al-Ghurair, CEO and director, Mashreq Bank and R. Seetharaman, group CEO of Doha Bank.
The ABLF awards were presented by H.E Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, UAE Minister of Economy.
The selection criteria for the Trailblazer Award also require that the winner embodies immense talent and has achieved a meteoric rise that is a testament to quality and excellence.
The winner is also recognized for sparking a trend with a successful business model that has been an inspiration for others to follow.


Marriott hotel, apartments open in Riyadh’s DQ

Updated 21 March 2019
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Marriott hotel, apartments open in Riyadh’s DQ

Marriott International and Dur Hospitality this week celebrated the opening of the Riyadh Marriott Hotel Diplomatic Quarter and Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh, Diplomatic Quarter. The complex is strategically located in the heart of one of the most sought-after areas in the city with easy access to key embassies and major corporate headquarters, and a 30-minute drive from King Khalid International Airport. 

“We are delighted to enhance our footprint in Saudi Arabia with the opening of two strategically important hotels that not only complement each other but also deliver very distinct brand experiences. Saudi Arabia continues to be one of our key markets and we are delighted to further strengthen our partnership with Dur Hospitality,” said Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.

The hotel is inspired by Wadi Hanifa, a beautiful desert oasis running through Riyadh. The low-rise hotel resembles the smooth, dry canyon walls that make for a dramatic arrival experience. Once you step inside, the waterways guide the way into the building, ushering guests through the arrival court into the palm-dotted oasis in the hotel’s courtyard. Planted cacti, flowering vines, plentiful blooming desert flora and native date palm trees create a calming ambiance, providing shade from the desert sun. 

The complex is the first five-star full service hotel in the Diplomatic Quarter and features 80 spacious modern rooms, and 140 fully equipped apartments. The deluxe rooms feature modern décor and ample work space, allowing guests to stay connected with in-room technology, including high-speed WiFi and bedside USB outlets. Guests staying in one of the six Premium Suites or the Presidential Suite can enrich their experience in the M Club Lounge offering an international buffet, hors d’oeuvre and local specialties 24 hours a day. 

The Riyadh Marriott Hotel Diplomatic Quarter houses three dining venues, Goji Kitchen — an all-day dining destination, a la carte restaurant Mesquite and Agave Café located in the lobby. The hotel offers multiple recreational areas surrounded by lush greenery. 

Muin Serhan, general manager of Marriott Hotels in Riyadh, said: “The opening of Marriott Riyadh and Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter is considered an important milestone in our developing journey in the hospitality field; we are keen to provide a very special experience to our valuable guests whatever they are traveling for — business or leisure.”

He added: “And we are very proud to be part of the new Marriott travel program ‘Marriott Bonvoy,’ built on the belief that travel enriches its members and the world around them. Launching in February 2019, Marriott Bonvoy replaces Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG).”