Red Sea Mall wins recognition as center of excellence and innovation

Updated 27 February 2015
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Red Sea Mall wins recognition as center of excellence and innovation

Red Sea Mall, described as Jeddah’s biggest shopping center and family entertainment district, recently received several awards, including the Best Shopping Mall of the Year 2015 and Best use of Social Media in Marketing, at the Asia Retail Congress (ARC) 2015 Retail Excellence Awards, underscoring the mall’s position as a leading regional retail center of excellence and innovation. It also won the Strategic Website for a Shopping Mall accolade at the 2015 Pan-Arab awards in Dubai.
Red Sea Mall Marketing Manager Bandar Abdul Majeed accepted the awards on behalf of the mall’s management at the ceremony, which was held on Feb. 14. “Red Sea Mall is very pleased to be recognized on such a global scale. The awards are testament to the hard work of Red Sea Mall’s management team.”
The award follows a very successful year for Red Sea Mall that witnessed many prestigious accolades for the shopping and entertainment district. These included awards for new media, social media, and marketing by the RLI and RECON, as well as awards from the PAN ARAB Web Awards event, and the MECSC and ICSC.
The important role Red Sea Mall plays in the economic and social development of Saudi Arabia was also acknowledged by the CMO, with the mall winning named the Most Admired Shopping Mall of the Year for best corporate social responsibility practices in 2014.
Red Sea Mall CEO Mohammad Alawi said: “The mall’s international success is the result of our continuing dedication to enhance the customer experience and support the communities in which we operate. Red Sea Mall is part of the community, and we will continue to implement initiatives that bring us closer to our customer and add value to our society.”


Marriott hotel, apartments open in Riyadh’s DQ

Updated 20 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).”